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Louise Candlish studied English at University College London and worked as an editor in art publishing and as a copywriter before writing fiction. Though her stories are about people facing dramatic dilemmas, she tries to live an uncomplicated life in London with her husband and daughter.
FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF OUR HOUSE, WINNER OF THE CRIME & THRILLER BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD COMES A NAIL-BITING STORY OF TRAGEDY AND REVENGE 'Louise Candlish is the queen of the sucker-punch twist' Ruth Ware He thinks he's safe up there. But he'll never be safe from you. The Heights is a tall, slender apartment building among the warehouses of Shad Thames, its roof terrace so discreet you wouldn't know it existed if you weren't standing at the window of the flat directly opposite. But you are. And that's when you see a man up there - a man you'd recognize anywhere. He's older now and his appearance has subtly changed, but it's definitely him. Which makes no sense at all since you know he has been dead for over two years. You know this for a fact. Because you're the one who killed him.
For me this was a truly addictive read, clever, convincing writing had me hooked from the get go. A suburban street is turned from an idyllic to truly awful place to live after a couple move in and create chaos for the other residents. When a terrible event occurs, everyone knows who to blame, but are they right? The premise is entirely believable and I could taste the anxiety of the residents of Lowland Way. Each chapter is headed by one of the householders, which slowly builds a picture of the street. Time travels from eight weeks before, through to the incident and beyond, allowing the tension to skyrocket. Louise Candlish is an award winning bestselling author, and we love her novels here at LoveReading. She has set an incredibly readable and thrilling story right in the middle of what could be your neighbourhood, it could be your neighbours, even your house being affected. She understands the small, the ordinary but incredibly frustrating things that can puncture and forever alter lives. A Liz Robinson pick of the month, Those People takes everyday normality and smashes it open, making a highly entertaining and enthralling tale.
On a bright morning in the London suburbs, a family moves into the house they've just bought on Trinity Avenue. Nothing strange about that. Except it's your house. And you didn't sell it.
One of our Books of the Year 2016. August 2016 Book of the Month. Tense and full of intrigue, this is a novel that sinks into the depths of obsession and discovers a very dangerous game afoot. The newly opened, glamorous lido calls to Natalie and in one summer her life changes beyond all recognition. The prologue and first chapter declare from the outset that a dramatic event has occurred. The story explores the whole of the summer, occasionally touching on the past and then suddenly switching directly to the aftermath. These jarring changes in time create a feeling of foreboding as the timelines slide towards their inevitable collision. Louise Candlish excels in looking at the darker side of relationships, she discovers thoughts and feelings that are recognisable but at the same time feel dangerously untouched. ‘The Swimming Pool’ is a slow-burning and thought-provoking read, and the last few gripping pages had me immediately reaching for the beginning.
June 2015 Book of the Month. Full of intrigue, this is a story about relationships, deception and trust. Christy and Joe have scrimped and saved to move into their dream home, once owned by Amber and Jeremy Fraser who have sold up without explanation. Two tales are told, from the first moments each couple moved in to Lime Park Road. It almost feels as though we are alongside Christy as she experiences her everyday life, however Amber’s tale is more intimate and complex as we directly hear her thoughts and feelings. The author sends your mind scampering one way and then the other, encouraging you to doubt, to remain uncertain. It isn’t until the last two chapters that answers are in sight, so don’t peek. Although the ultimate question is just what did happen to the Frasers... the more interesting aspects of this story are the relationships on display, both those in plain sight and those deliberately concealed. ~ Liz Robinson
A book that will sit on your shoulder for sometime after reading it. It concerns grief, reconciliation, infidelity, marriage and family upheavals and eventual honesty all in a beautiful Italian holiday setting. The author used to write entertaining chic-lit, here she has grown up. Comparison: Joanna Trollope, Elizabeth Buchan, Clare Chambers.
A family drama about trust, betrayal and forgiveness. Kate and her daughter are just getting to the difficult “teenage” years and when Davis Calder moves in next door he seems like the peacemaker they need, a confidante for both who brings calm to the household. However, Davis is not quite the hero he seems and soon secrets will be found out that will tear the family apart. The sense of foreboding builds well in this story of people looking for love and security and having their worlds shattered.
FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF OUR HOUSE, WINNER OF THE CRIME & THRILLER BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD, COMES A NAIL-BITING STORY OF TRAGEDY AND REVENGE 'Impossible to resist, impossible to predict, impossible to put down... this is an author at the top of her game' Erin Kelly, author of Watch Her Fall He thinks he's safe up there. But he'll never be safe from you. The Heights is a tall, slender apartment building among the warehouses of Tower Bridge, its roof terrace so discreet you wouldn't know it existed if you weren't standing at the window of the flat directly opposite. But you are. And that's when you see a man up there - a man you'd recognize anywhere. He's older now and his appearance has subtly changed, but it's definitely him. Which makes no sense at all since you know he has been dead for over two years. You know this for a fact. Because you're the one who killed him. 'There's nothing quite so chilling as the roar of mother tiger love. Louise Candlish had my heart in my throat. Dizzily dark. Dangerous. Deadly' Jane Corry, author of The Lies We Tell 'No one creates middle-class characters we love to hate quite like Louise Candlish. I'd expected her to do this, and to provide a great sense of place, and twists that would have been rifling through the book to see how they'd been done. What I wasn't expecting was that this thriller of obsessive revenge and intense parental grief would tug at my heartstrings. Smart, addictive, twisting, surprising. Highly recommended' Sarah Vaughan, author of Little Disasters 'It twists and it turns and it twists again. The Heights by Louise Candlish is the very definition of a just one more chapter novel. I devoured it. And it's full of such great writing about the ferocity of maternal love' Hannah Beckerman, author of If Only I Could Tell You Praise for Louise Candlish: 'Louise Candlish is the queen of the sucker-punch twist' Ruth Ware 'Louise is the mistress of the Oh my God, this could be me nightmare' Fiona Barton 'The queen of the urban thriller returns' Red 'Louise Candlish just gets better and better' Lisa Jewell 'Stylish, suspenseful and absorbing' Best 'Psychological suspense at its most elegant and sinister' AJ Finn 'You won't want to put down this roller coaster read!' Closer 'A gripping read with a brilliant first-person narrative. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. It's so good!' BA Paris 'Not only is Candlish a terrific storyteller, she has the gift of making you care about unlikable characters' Guardian 'A must read!' Lucy Foley 'Gripping from start to finish' Bella 'I couldn't put it down!' Shari Lapena 'The layers of plot astound' Sunday Times Crime Club 'An instant classic' Mark Edwards 'A chillingly addictive and glamorous thriller' Sunday Post
They can't see her, but she can see them... Simone has a secret. She likes to stand at her bathroom window and spy on the couple downstairs through their kitchen skylight. She knows what they eat for breakfast and who they've got over for dinner. She knows what mood they're in before they even step out the door. There's nothing wrong with looking, is there? Until one day Simone sees something through the skylight she is not expecting. Something that upsets her so much she begins to plot a terrible crime... From the author of Our House, the British Book Awards Crime & Thriller of the Year
FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF OUR HOUSE, WINNER OF THE CRIME & THRILLER BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 'Absolutely brilliant... An exceptionally exciting, mysterious book - we both loved it' Richard & JudyIt all happens so quickly. One day you're living the dream, commuting to work by riverbus with your charismatic neighbour Kit in the seat beside you. The next, Kit hasn't turned up for the boat and his wife Melia has reported him missing. When you get off at your stop, the police are waiting. Another passenger saw you and Kit arguing on the boat home the night before and the police say that you had a reason to want him dead. You protest. You and Kit are friends - ask Melia, she'll vouch for you. And who exactly is this other passenger pointing the finger? What do they know about your lives? No, whatever danger followed you home last night, you are innocent, totally innocent. Aren't you? Praise for The Other Passenger: 'Nobody writes so incisively about couples' Daily Mail, Books of the Year 2020 'Filled with really excellent twists' Stylist, Best books out in June 'The queen of the urban thriller returns with her winning blend of whodunit and thoroughly unreliable narrators' Red 'One of the twistiest plots you'll ever read' Cosmopolitan 'Cleverly captures the envy zeitgeist' Stylist 'Stylish, suspenseful and absorbing' Best 'You won't want to put down this roller coaster read!' Closer 'Gripping from start to finish' Bella 'Not only is Candlish a terrific storyteller, she has the gift of making you care about unlikable characters' Guardian 'I'll be amazed if we don't see The Other Passenger on screen before long' London Evening Standard 'The layers of plot astound' Sunday Times Crime Club 'Another clever tale from the author of Our House' Prima 'A chillingly addictive and glamorous thriller' Sunday Post 'Brilliantly plotted' Mail on Sunday 'Louise Candlish helped launch the 'property noir' genre with Our House and Those People. In The Other Passenger, she brings murder to the London commute' Observer 'This author is so good at twisty yet completely believable domestic thrillers' Good Housekeeping 'Superior thriller' Crime Review 'Suspenseful and utterly absorbing' Sunday Mirror 'The suspense is maddening, and the conclusion refreshing' Press Association 'An ingenious thriller' Irish Independent 'The pacing is first rate, as is the handling of the first-person narration' Sunday Times 'Just brilliant; gripping from the first page with an incredible first person narrative and a sense of place that pulls you through the pages fast enough to make your head spin. Louise Candlish just gets better and better, I love her' Lisa Jewell 'A gripping read with a brilliant first-person narrative. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. It's so good!' BA Paris 'A must read!' Lucy Foley 'Louise Candlish is the queen of the sucker-punch twist' Ruth Ware 'Dark and clever and terrific' Nicci French 'I couldn't put it down!' Shari Lapena 'A tightly constructed, corkscrewing plot' Sarah Vaughan 'Psychological suspense at its most elegant and sinister' AJ Finn 'Louise is the mistress of the 'Oh my God, this could be me' nightmare' Fiona Barton 'A stunning masterwork of style and suspense' Jeffery Deaver 'Equal parts riveting, twisty, and unsettling' Stephanie Wrobel 'An instant classic' Mark Edwards 'Outstanding' Catherine Isaac
FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF OUR HOUSE, WINNER OF THE CRIME & THRILLER BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 'One of this summer's most anticipated thrillers' Stylist 'Scarily plausible' Observer 'Guaranteed to have you vibrating with impotent fury ... a carefully crafted psychological thriller' Laura Wilson, Guardian 'A feverish atmosphere is built up, with Candlish again skewering the peccadilloes and prejudices of her middle-class characters' Sunday Times MEET THE NEIGHBOURS YOU'LL LOVE TO HATE Until Darren and Jodie move in, Lowland Way is a suburban paradise. Beautiful homes. Friendly neighbours. Kids playing out in the street. But Darren and Jodie don't follow the rules and soon disputes over loud music and parking rights escalate to threats of violence. Then, early one Sunday, a horrific crime shocks the street. As the police go house-to-house, the residents close ranks and everyone's story is the same: They did it. But there's a problem. The police don't agree. And the door they're knocking on next is yours. 'You're in for a treat!' Lisa Jewell 'Prepare to be gripped; Those People is nail-bitingly tense from the first page to the last. Louise Candlish shows us the dark side of suburbia - and of ourselves' Erin Kelly 'Sharp satire and a plot that builds to a roiling boil with a couple of oh-so-clever final twists in close succession: Louise Candlish is one very clever writer' Sarah Vaughan 'Beautifully modulated and terrifically suspenseful' Washington Post 'Twists aplenty, and such wonderful observation - I loved it' Clare Mackintosh 'An addictive, twisty page-turner about the neighbours from hell that will give you nightmares about the suburban dream' Alice Feeney 'A delicious slice of suburban noir. I loved it' Harriet Tyce 'Candlish is a master at peeling away the veneer of middle-class respectability, and utterly nails the trials of living cheek-by-jowl with awful neighbours. You'll be asking yourself, How far would I go? ' heat 'Candlish shows us, through multiple points of view, how Booth's boorish presence causes sleep-deprived couples to bicker hatefully and grown siblings to become enraged with one another, until the whole community seems to turn on itself - with fatal consequences' Wall Street Journal 'A smart and twisty tale about a murder in a seemingly idyllic neighbourhood. Oozing with scandal, it's a compelling read' Woman & Home 'A devilishly good thriller about smug middle class house price obsession with a wicked ending. Loved it' Laura Kemp 'Utterly gripping' RED 'Lowland Way is a sought-after place to live, with friendly neighbours and real community spirit, that is until the Booths move in. The other residents are up in arms, but how far will they take things to restore their peace? A read that will make you rejoice for nice neighbours!' Prima 'Louise Candlish captures the mores of middle-class life and our worst, curtain-twitching tendencies like no one else' RED, online 'Full of marvellously toxic characters' Best 'Candlish has a keen, satirical eye for social hypocrisy, and she skilfully explores the tensions that the situation exposes in her entitled, privileged characters with compassion and nuance. An unsettling, darkly funny, artfully composed novel about the way we live now' Irish Times
A dark and thrilling short story featuring characters from The Sudden Departure of the Frasers, from the bestselling author of Our House . . . He sold 40 Lime Park Road months ago. So why is he still visiting the house? Ryan Steer is an estate agent in property hotspot Lime Park, gatekeeper to a growing population of well-heeled families and affluent couples attracted by the area's promise of a tranquil suburban lifestyle. To be honest, the houses sell themselves, and when Ryan hands over the keys to his vendors he usually wishes them well and loses their faces in the crowd. Until Jeremy and Amber Fraser, that is. For there is something about Mrs Fraser that gets under his skin, something that causes illicit thoughts, thoughts that lead to actions - secret, forbidden ones. But if ever a woman was worth the risk, it is Amber Fraser.
A gripping, twisty story of adultery and scandal from the bestselling author of Our House. 'Tense, twisty and completely addictive' Good Housekeeping 'A nail-biter until the very last pages' Daily Express Some secrets are too dangerous to share . . . When Emily Marr begins an affair with her married neighbour, the celebrated surgeon Arthur Woodhall, she has no idea of the tragedy and scandal their actions will cause. With shattering speed, she becomes the object of a media witchhunt, her only choice to change her identity and vanish. Soon after, Tabby Dewhurst arrives on the Ile de Re in France, estranged from her family and unable to afford even a room for the night. By chance, she meets Emmie Mason, whose offer of friendship is at odds with her obsession with privacy. As Tabby sinks deeper into Emmie's strange, hidden world, she begins to form suspicions - suspicions that will lead her back to England and to a revelation so shocking she must question everything she knows. Praise for Louise Candlish: 'Twists the knife right up to the very final page' Ruth Ware 'Addictive, twisty and oh so terrifyingly possible' Clare Mackintosh 'Terrifically twisty . . . hooks from the first page' Sunday Times 'Louise Candlish is a great writer; she inhaled me into her nightmarish world where everything we think we know is ripped from under our feet' Fiona Barton 'Keeps you guessing to the end - and beyond' Stylist 'Candlish's writing draws you in immediately' Heat 'A master of her craft' Rosamund Lupton 'A well-crafted story of scandal, identity and infidelity' Sunday Mirror 'Not afraid to tackle darker issues . . . moving and thought-provoking' Daily Mail
FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF OUR HOUSE AND THOSE PEOPLE 'I honestly didn't see the twist coming. Perfect.' - Jojo Moyes ______________ Even an act of heroism has consequences On a perfect summer's day in Paris, tourists on the river watch in shock as a small boy falls into the Seine and disappears below the surface. As his mother stands frozen, a stranger takes a breath and leaps . . . ______________ 'A master of her craft' Rosamund Lupton PRAISE FOR LOUISE CANDLISH 'A great writer' Fiona Barton 'A masterfully plotted, compulsive page-turner' Guardian 'Louise Candlish is one very clever writer' Sarah Vaughan 'Beautifully modulated and terrifically suspenseful' Washington Post
I'LL BE THERE FOR YOU: Hannah and Juliet Goodwin have been best friends since childhood, but when Juliet's boyfriend Luke is killed just as Hannah marries the affluent Michael, the divide between the two sisters is suddenly too painful to bear. While Hannah prepares for the birth of her first child, Juliet begins to neglect her job, her health, and all those who love her the most. Hannah is the last person she'd appeal to for help. But then she finds herself drawn into a secret betrayal that threatens to destroy Hannah's happiness before she even has a chance to enjoy it . . . THE SECOND HUSBAND: When Davis Calder moves in next door to Kate Easton and her seventeen-year-old daughter Roxy, neither has any idea of the devastation about to be unleashed. With Kate struggling to accept her daughter's independence and Roxy getting more secretive by the day, there's enough family tension to go around already. Before they know it, glamorous, charismatic Davis is the only one who seems able to keep the peace. Until, one wedding day later, Kate makes a discovery that blows the whole family apart . . .