Book Reviews

The House by Simon Lelic

I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I raced to my laptop as soon as I was done because I need people to know about this amazing book! There are some books that you just want to recommend to others and The House is definitely one of them. My thoughts about this book are eerily similar to what I felt about The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins–extremely engrossing but the ending is not as satisfactory.

Goodreads synopsis:

33557461What if your perfect home turned out to be the scene of the perfect crime?

Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake.

Because someone has just been murdered. Right outside their back door.

And now the police are watching them…


This book is written in the format of a diary. Jack and Syd are in trouble and they decide to record everything that happened to them from when they moved into their new house. What is really commendable here is the writing style. Some books that follow this kind of writing tend to make it seem way too unreal. The author’s need to bring out the author in them takes out the humanness of the story. Simon Lelic doesn’t follow that path; he handles the writing excellently.

Both Jack and Syd have unique voices, and this is another thing I really appreciated. The writing makes the characters very human. Almost every chapter has a surprising finish and I didn’t want to put the book down at all.

This book was so dark, yet entertaining, but the ending did not do the book justice. You’d think a book named The House would make the house a main part of the story. While initially, the house does give us the creeps, halfway through, the author abandons this story-line altogether. The story moves in a completely different direction. I’m not complaining! While the complete 180 is just as dark and justifies this book being a psychological thriller, it does not go with the beginning.

This book is a great psychological thriller. It’s engrossing, it makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it makes you almost miss getting off the train because you were too busy trying to find out what happened next. I loved the second half as much as I did the first; I just don’t get why it had to toe the this-doesn’t-sound-plausible line.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I want to give this book more, but no. Ugh. I would if it didn’t stress the house as a main point so much in the blurb and IN THE TITLE!

Soz. Read this book, though. You won’t be able to put it down!

What did you think of my review? Let me know in the comments!

~ Shruti

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10 thoughts on “The House by Simon Lelic

  1. I LIVE FOR YOUR REVIEWS SHRUTI. THEY’RE SO CRISP AND ON POINT. ❀As a person who loves mystery and crime fiction, I am definitely looking forward to reading this. It’s SUCH an intriguing premise! Plus, some murder? Gimme gimme gimme. πŸ˜‚πŸ™ˆ

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