The People at Number 9 – Felicity Everett

Happy release day to Felicity Everett!

Big thanks to Harper Collins and HQ for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

THE PEOPLE AT NUMBER 9 by Felicity Everett is out today!

Check back this week to see what Chandra thought for our #allthebookreviews partner read πŸ™‚

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My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

Have you ever been curious about the new neighbors that moved in? I know we all have had those nosy moments of looking out the windows to get a glimpse before finally meeting them. Well, THE PEOPLE AT NUMBER 9 is about just that. When Lou and Gavin move in next door, Sara is intrigued by how different they are an how they live that she reaches the point of obsession. Marketed as a thriller, I’d say it’s more of a domestic drama.

Sara, her husband Neil, and their two sons live in a nice neighborhood. Well-kept homes and friendly neighbors. One day, she notices that Number 9 is newly occupied. After a few days she gets up the courage to go and introduce herself. She is instantly intrigued with this new couple – Lou and Gavin. They’re eccentric, creative, and cultured – they live in a way that is much different than what Sara has become accustomed. Once they become close friends, they spend more and more time together, but after some time it begins to feel like a one-sided friendship. This is when the resentment and obsession begin to creep in.

This is incredibly different than what I was expecting from this book. I think that it was marketed wrong – this definitely isn’t a thriller. There’s a lot of character development within the events and there’s this darkness that begins to consume the story. Felicity Everett perfectly captured these characters and made them human – I can honestly say that I found myself thinking of people I knew reflected in some of these characters. By no means is this a gripping thrill ride, but it’s a very well-written story about the interactions between neighbors and the hostility that can build up.

So if you’re looking for an edge-of-your-seat thriller, then move along. But, if you want a domestic drama that has incredibly life like (and not always likeable) characters, then this is the book for you! Once I got over my anticipations for this novel, I was drawn in and couldn’t stop reading. I needed to know how this would play out between Sara, Neil, Lou, and Gavin. I can see this one being divided when it comes to readers that like and dislike it!

Have you ever read books that were wrongly marketed and then have that ruin it for you? I always try my best to rate based on the book and not my expectations of it – rate it for what it was and not what is wasn’t.

–Jess

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