The Girl Before meets The Couple Next Door in a Hitchcockian thriller about a couple who moves into their dream neighborhood only to discover nothing is as it seems...
The perfect couple. The perfect house. The perfect crime.
Londoners Jack and Syd found their dream home: lots of space, a great location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.
Everything is exactly what they hoped for when they move in--except Jack makes a disturbing discovery in the attic, and Syd begins to wonder about the girl next door. And they each keep the other in the dark.
Because someone has just been killed outside their back door, and now the police are watching them.
This is their chance to prove they're innocent--or to get away with murder.
Whose story do you believe?
Dueling unreliable narrators drive this creepy psychological thriller from British author Lelic (The Facility). Married couple Jack and Sydney (aka Syd) have saved hard to buy a rundown London house, but they can barely afford it. From the beginning, Jack is bothered that the previous owner, a retiree who ran off to Australia to marry a woman he met on the internet, left behind all his junk, including a collection of stuffed birds. On the other hand, Syd "fell in love with the place right from the start." A few weeks after they move in, Syd becomes intrigued by a mysterious neighbor, 13-year-old Elsie Payne, and Jack is unsettled to find a box of stuff a little girl would keep in the attic. Neither confides in the other about these developments. When someone is murdered just outside their house, the tension between them grows. That a dark past secret hangs over Jack and Syd gradually emerges. Readers expecting Gone Girl would do best to lower those expectations and just enjoy the intense ride.