Tuesday, June 18, 2019

{I've Been Reading} Those People

Those People by Lousie Candish delves into the relationships between neighbors and how far the residents of Lowland Way will go to preserve the ideal neighborhood that they've created. Everyone gets along. On Sunday afternoons, the street is blocked to traffic and everyone moves their cars so that the children can play in the street. Then Darren and Jodie move into the house on the corner. First it's a noisy remodeling job with no respect for safety. Then they start selling junked cars from the yard, parking them up and down the street. And there's always the blaring of their music.

It all comes to a deadly end (we know that from page one) and the book works towards it with snippets of police interviews and chapters from the points of view of different neighbors. It quickly becomes clear that while Lowland Way has been a nice place to live, everyone has something simmering under the surface. I enjoyed this one.

Mine by Courtney Cole

Tessa is preparing the house for a hurricane, fuming that her husband's business trip has been extended and that the romantic night she had planned for the two of them won't happen. Her annoyance turns to fury when she turns on his ipad and sees the naked pictures of his twenty-six-year-old mistress.

Almost immediately, Tessa decides to deal with the situation. She can't reach her husband, but she can lure the other woman to her home for a confrontation. This one is fast paced and over the top, not something that I think could ever happen in real life but it certainly made for an entertaining read.

Disclosure -- The publishers provided me with advance review copies. 

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