The House Across the Street [Book Review]

November 25, 2018


Twenty-three year old Katy Speed is fascinated by the house across the street. The woman who lives there, Gloria, is the most glamorous neighbour on the avenue, owning a fashionable dress shop in Bexhill-on-Sea. But who is the woman who arrives in the black car most Saturdays while Gloria is at work? Sometimes she brings women to the house, other times they have children.

Hilda, Katy’s mother, disapproves of Gloria. She wonders if these mysterious visitors have just been released from prison. Is Gloria secretly bringing criminals, or worse, into the heart of the community?

Then one night, the house burns down. In the wreckage, the bodies of Gloria and her daughter are found. Katy is sure the unexplained visitors must be responsible until her father is arrested and charged with murder. Have the police arrested the correct person? Are the rest of the street safe? Can Katy find the truth before it’s too late?

My Thoughts

I was so hesitant to start reading this book, but I ended up being engrossed by it. Anyways, the writing style was amazing and the storyline flowed perfectly.

This book tackles difficult topics in a good manner. These an tend to be difficult but the author did an amazing job.

The characters are so relatable. it was amazing to see how the story unfolded. However, I did not understand some of the decisions made by the main protagonist. 

I think it would have been nice to know more about the person who burned the house. I felt we only knew him through the eyes of Katy, but I wish we got a part about him so that we could understand his reasoning behind all the events that transpired throughout the book. 

All in all, it was an amazing, fast paced book and I’d recommend you give it a try.


4 out of 5 stars

Book Details

Title: The House Across the Street || Author: Lesley Pearse || Published: 6 September 2018 || Genres: Romance novel, Mystery, Historical Fiction, Saga, Historical romance, Historical mystery, Domestic Fiction || Imprint: Penguin UK || Publicist: Lauren McDiarmid|| Pages: 339

Those were my thoughts, a huge thanks to Penguin Random House SA for sending me a review copy. 

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2 responses to “The House Across the Street [Book Review]”

  1. Abigail says:

    Sounds like a good read. I haven’t read any Lesley Pearse books yet.

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