'A dark, twisting tale of guilt and obsession which will leave you gasping' Petronella McGovern, author of Six Minutes
The stunningly tense, page-turning top 10 bestseller for all fans of The Woman in the Window and The Girl on the Train.
The perfect house. The perfect family. Too good to be true.
Kate Webb still grieves over the loss of her young son. Ten years on, she spends her weekends hungover, attending open houses on Sydney's wealthy north shore and imagining the lives of the people who live there.
Then Kate visits the Harding house - the perfect house with, it seems, the perfect family. A photograph captures a kind-looking man, a beautiful woman she knew at university, and a boy - a boy that for one heartbreaking moment she believes is her own son.
When her curiosity turns to obsession, she uncovers the cracks that lie beneath a glossy facade of perfection, sordid truths she could never have imagined.
But is it her imagination? As events start to spiral dangerously out of control, could the real threat come from Kate herself?
'At times sad and moving [and] the twists come fast. This promising debut novel would be a good recommendation for fans of thrillers and is a confirmed quick and entertaining holiday read.' Books + Publishing
'A clever premise and a troubled narrator set this page-turner up beautifully. I really enjoyed the ride.' Sara Foster
'Taut, smart and immensely satisfying. I was addicted from the first page to the last.' Nicola Moriarty
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The first adult novel from Australian children’s author Kelli Hawkins, Other People’s Houses is a stunning domestic thriller, with a memorable—and possibly unreliable—narrator. A decade after losing her young son, Kate Webb is still struggling. Numbing her pain with alcohol, she spends her weekends looking at houses for sale in some of Sydney’s wealthiest suburbs. When she gets a shock that makes her question everything, her inability to move forward is replaced by dark and dangerous impulses. Using a series of open houses as a framing device, this is a fast-paced read that challenges the popular modern image of domestic bliss. As Kate unravels even further, questions of guilt and regret ripple through her life—and through the lives of others as well.
A great debut
Other People’s Houses is the debut novel by Kelli Hawkins and is a cracking read. A tale of grief, guilt and obsession, this is a story that will have you flicking the pages well into the night.
The striking cover of this book immediately grabbed my attention and it’s premise had me completely intrigued. It is a unique story with an unreliable narrator at the forefront which are my favourite kind. I also loved its setting in Sydney and it was a refreshing change to read a book set in Australia.
The story is told from Kate’s point of view, an alcoholic who’s grief just consumes her. At times it can be quite hard and overwhelming to read and your heart just breaks for her. There were many times I just wanted to reach into the book to give her a hug.
Other People’s Houses is a very well written and executed tale that will have you still thinking about long after you have read it. A fast paced and gripping read I throughly enjoyed this book. Kelli Hawkins is definitely one to watch and I look forward to reading what she comes up with next.
Other Peoples Houses
Brilliant, loved ever page . What an amazing writer . Can’t wait to read more of her books