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The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett
  

The People at Number 9

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September 2017 Debut of the Month

Solid, surburban couple with two boys at the local school have their safe, perhaps a little monotonous, life disrupted by the arrival of an artistic golden couple next door. All glitter and shine, oozing charisma and chasing fun, they dazzle our comfortable pair. They have boys much the same age as our safe family, plus a baby girl. For eighteen months the families are in and out of each other’s houses and lives. The publisher’s blurb informs us something with “shattering consequences” occurs so all the way through the book we are reading with menace hanging on our shoulder, giving this very domestic tale an edge, a sinister compulsion. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Reader Reviews

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  • Peter Baiden - 'It is encouraging to this reviewer to find a modern author prepared to take a modern slant on an old concept. In The People at Number 9 Felicity Everett has achieved this with style and panache.'
  • Sarah Musk - 'A clever sharply observed book about an intense new friendship between new neighbours and the disastrous consequences for one of the couples. An absorbing read.'
  • Glynis Elliott - 'I thoroughly enjoyed it. A novel of our time where pretentiousness is more important than real friends.'
  • Nicola Kingswell - 'Everybody needs good neighbours. These are not they.'
  • Evelyn Love-Gajardo - 'An interesting read, one that will make you think and will probably resonate with quite a few readers!'
  • Debbie Patrick - 'Well this book certainly makes you think about what people are really like.  Sometimes people look and act in a certain way BUT they are not always what you think they are or the sort of friends wanted or needed.'
  • Lisa Wallace - 'Unputdownable... Lou and Gavin are the "cool arty" neighbours with a party loving unpredictable lifestyle and Sara and Neil the "safe normal" couple...devastating consequences.'
  • Glenda Worth - 'An interesting take on modern life in the suburbs that could quite easily happen in real life, whose side would you take?'
  • Michelle Hodson - 'A little gem of a book.'
  • Kate Simons - 'Compelling and divisive, this is a cautionary tale for modern times, staying in the memory long after the last page has been turned.'
  • Xanthe Waite - 'A look behind closed doors into people's lives; fascinating and uncomfortable viewing. Who is telling the truth?  The tagline on the book says 'Whose side are you on?' and I think the wonderful thing is I'm still thinking about it.'
  • Sharon Butler - 'A modern take on the fact that “the grass is not always greener” and appearances can be deceptive.'
  • Sarah Harper - 'I thoroughly enjoyed The People at Number 9...Written from Sara’s perspective, it focused on the interactions and subtle shifts in the balance of power underpinning the developing adult relationships and, as such, was intriguing reading.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'A thought provoking read that's a little on the dark side which I loved.' 

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Synopsis

The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett

Meet the new neighbours. Whose side are you on? Have you met the People at Number 9? Sara and Neil have new neighbours in their street. Glamorous and chaotic, Gav and Lou make Sara's life seem dull. As the two couples become friends, sharing suppers, red wine and childcare, it seems a perfect couples-match. But the more Sara sees of Gav and Lou, the more she longs to change her own life. But those changes will come at a price.

Reviews

`Cleverly maintains suspense...a compelling and readable tale of our times' - The Daily Mail






`An exciting, dark novel about friendship; brutally truthful and raw.' - Adele Parks







`This was clever, relentless and utterly recognisable. I absolutely loved it!' - Katie Fforde







`Very occasionally, a novel that's not in the crime genre grips me as much as the best thrillers do. The People at Number 9 held me in its vice-like grip from first page to last. It's a fascinating analysis of an unhealthy friendship based on insecurity and delusion, and the characters are so vividly drawn that I sympathised with them and despaired of them in equal measure.' - Sophie Hannah







`Excruciating yet unputdownable, this is domestic noir at its most gripping.' - Woman & Home







'A cautionary tale of what happens when you get caught up with the in-crowd... The characters and the games they play are instantly recognisable to anyone who has stood at the school gates and felt slightly out of place. I gulped it down quicker than a dirty Martini.' - Veronica Henry







`Beady insights into female friendship. Irresistible, excruciating and unputdownable.' - Fanny Blake







`Incisively witty, painfully true... draws the reader in with the voyeuristic joy of gossiping about our friends and neighbours, with a shocking sting in the tail to catch us all out.' - Samantha King







`I LOVED it. Such an unsettling read, with a whole grass-is-greener vibe that makes it really quite creepy. The People at Number 9 has a really voyeuristic feel - like spying on your neighbours through a window. Perfect reading for a cold, dark night!' - Lisa Hall


About the Author

Felicity Everett

Felicity Everett is the author of more than twenty fiction and non-fiction books for children.

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Book Info

Publication date

24th August 2017

Author

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Publisher

HQ an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
315 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Debuts of the Month
Literary Fiction
eBook Favourites
Relationship Stories
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Thriller / suspense

ISBN

9780008216887

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