Random Things Tours – Book Review – The People Before by Charlotte Northedge

“It’s that flash, the lightening movement at the edge of your vision, no more than a flicker, so that you don’t know whether you’ve imagined it.”

Genre: Psychological Fiction

Number of Pages: 336

Date of Publication: 10 November 2022

Publisher: HarperCollins

My Review Summary: A story that plays with you.

📖PLOT SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS 📖

What if your dream house became your worst nightmare?

Jess and her husband need a new start. So when the chance to buy a rambling old house in the Suffolk countryside comes up, they leap at it.

But not everyone in Suffolk is welcoming. The locals know a secret about the Maple House, and soon, Jess realises they’ve made a huge mistake.

Something bad happened in that house. Something nobody wants to talk about.

💭THOUGHTS💭 

When I read the blurb for this I was completely taken in. I was very excited to then be accepted onto the Tour. I was in the mood for something a bit darker and this fitted the bill. It was a rollercoaster of emotions with lots of things going on that all tied up very neatly at the end. 

The writing was gripping and tapped in to some of my fears. It was cleverly written from two different perspectives. I liked the way that you went through one story then it swapped perspectives. So many different things happened, but they tied up well. The writing was clear and kept me interested throughout.

The story was split into a prologue and 3 parts (two of which were labelled with the character whose viewpoint we would be reading) with chapters that weren’t overly long in each part and were similar in length. There was a good pace to the story with lots of little bits going on. Things were dropped then gradually were explained throughout the story, which made me want to keep on reading to see how it would all turn out. Even though there were lots of little bits, I didn’t get lost or confused by what was going on.  

The characters were excellent. With the way it was written you just weren’t sure who to trust and whether what you were reading was as straightforward as it made out. I loved that we had the two viewpoints so we were able to really get to know the two main characters. So many different things kept coming to light. They were certainly complex people with secrets that they were trying to keep hidden. I was emotionally invested and was satisfied with the ending. 

Lastly the settings. I loved the house. It was a character in itself. It was cleverly written to seem both spooky and not, depending on how you were looking at it. There was enough description to give you an idea of the house, but the main focus of the story was on the characters and their thoughts, feelings and actions. 

Overall I really enjoyed this book and recommend it if you want something darker to read. 

📖THE AUTHOR📖

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