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The Family Across the Street

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The first chapter was intriguing enough for me to keep reading but then it quickly got slow-paced and there were too many characters that were hard to follow. Other domestic thriller fans might enjoy this one more than I did.
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This one needs to go on your TBR list immediately. THIS is how you write a psychological thriller that keeps readers on the edge of their seat from the second they open the book to that moment they finish and exhale and think "holy shit, that was insane." This was so well written, from its fast pacing despite the entire story taking place in the space of a day, to its compelling characters and intricately interweaved storylines. The ending absolutely took me by surprise and took me a few minutes to actually grasp what I was reading. I had to go back in my brain and recall everything I had just read with a totally different frame of mind and new information that completely changed my view of the characters and their stories. Endings like these give me faith in the genre again. This was so believable, heartwarming, and heartbreaking at the same time. This one will stick with me. I cannot wait to read more from Nicole Trope. The Family Across the Street is one you don't want to miss.
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Absolutely one of the best books I have read this year! Gripping from start to finish, this one will definately not disappoint. I took a chance requesting this book but I am so glad I did. The story starts with a young mother looking out onto her quiet street, and suddenly hearing what sounded like a gunshot. What unfolds is truly a rollercoaster and had me on the edge of my seat trying to guess what was going to happen next. If you are a fan of crime, thrillers and twists then this one is for you. One of those books where the characters stay with you for a very long time. I will be looking out for more by this author!
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Wow, what a phenomenal read!  Full of the things I crave, as a thriller lover!  Well written, intense, and unputdownable!  Absolutely fast paced, with many twisty turns and shocks!  A fun, chilling thrill ride, your sure to not want to get off!  Highly, highly recommend!
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Great book
Loved everything about this book
You will not want to put it down
With a great big twist
Thanks NetGalley
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The Family Across the Street by Nicole Trope was another excellent book by Nicole and I was hooked within the first few pages. I love the way Nicole writes, her books always have great twists and turns throughout that will have you gripped. 

How well do you know the people next door? 

Do know them? really know them? 

Do they have any secrets? are they hiding from something or someone? 

I wonder.................... Why does everyone  wants to live on Hogarth Street, the pretty, tree-lined avenue with its white houses.........and what a new family moves in, called the Wests, they seem to be a perfect fit. Katherine and Josh  and their gorgeous five-year-old twins George and Sophie. all seems to be just perfect for Hogarth Street. 

On a very hot day in Australia on the 15th December at 2.30pm on Hogarth Street ...........THREE gunshots are heard from the home of John and Katherine West, 

Are they Okay? OMG............................ Are the Twins hurt? 

Three gunshots............Four people live in this house.............Who fired the Gun? 

The whole street stands still.........waiting for another gunshot!!!! 

Has the Police been phoned? OMG............

WoW...... This book is a psychological thriller! and what a book this was! and very realistic story. 
I highly recommend it......Just Brilliant from the beginning till the end!!!

Big 5 stars from me.

Big thank you to NetGalley and especially to Bookouture for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.
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I really enjoyed this book.  It was a great storyline with excellent characters.  I would highly recommend this book as it was a great read.
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The Family Across the Street by Nicole Trope is a domestic thriller set in Australia.
I couldn't put it down and didn't see the twist coming.
Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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What a great Australian author, I have read many of this author’s books and I have to say that this one is by far my favourite.
This book is a domestic thriller told from many POV’s that unfolds in one day.
 We have Logan the delivery driver who is an ex convict, covered in tattoos but is trying his best to turn his life around. Logan tries to deliver a package to Katherine who refuses to open the door to sign for it. Logan feels that something is not quite right but does not want to get involved as he can’t risk ending up back in jail.
We have Gladys the elderly neighbour who spends her time  looking after her sick husband but she is also the streets busy body.
Gladys finds it strange how  quiet it is over at Katherine’s house, normally the twins are up and running around getting ready for school. Gladys is not sure what to do and her husband repeatedly tells her to mind her own business but Gladys has a real strong sense of something is not right.
We also have Katherine her husband John and there five year old twins, George and Sophie. Katherine along with her children are being held hostage and she is trying to keep herself and the twins safe from the intruder but that is proving difficult.
Fantastic thriller that kept me turning the pages until the end. This book was very realistic as it could be any street in Australia and we all seem to walk that fine line between being nosy at what our neighbours are doing or completely ignoring them all together.
I highly recommend reading this book.
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The Family Across The Street is a tense thriller that made me feel quite claustrophobic.
This book takes you to December in Sydney Australia on the hottest day of the year. Katherine is at home with her two five year old twins having had an argument the night before with her husband John. Gladys the nextdoor neighbour is a general busy body and her hearts in the right place but she loves to know everything about everyone and on this day she has noticed that it’s very quiet nextdoor and the children haven’t gone to school. Her husband who suffers from Parkinson’s says he remembers hearing johns car gun out of their road this morning at a right speed so what has happened to Katherine and her children? Logan a delivery driver tries to deliver a computer but the woman won’t open the door so he has to take the parcel away but something doesn’t sit right with him and he returns to try again but his head is elsewhere having just found out his sister has been nearly beaten to death and is on a life support machine and he needs to get to her as soon as possible.
This is a very twisty thriller that sends you up the wrong path several times, when I worked out what was happening I wouldn’t have guessed correctly so bonus points for that. A well written book that I would recommend.
I would like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for this ARC I received in exchange for an honest review.
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Wow Wow Wow This book! Thrilling and tense and perfectly exquisitely suspenseful. Twist after shocking, has dropping twist. Do read this one. You will be enthralled.
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Thank you Bookouture and NetGalley for my copy in exchange for an honest review. This is my second book by Nicole Trope and I was excited to read it after reading her other book The Boy in the Photo. The West’s seem like a nice family with five year old twins, who somewhat keep to themselves in their quiet neighborhood. Their elderly neighbor Gladys is always trying to be neighborly and welcoming to them, but when she notices them missing their normal morning routines, she assumes the worst. She’s torn on what to do, report it to authorities, who have asked her to stop calling so much, or just let it go. 
This book definitely did not disappoint. It starts out immediately in the prologue with gunshots ringing out in a quiet, idyllic neighborhood. It grabs your attention immediately and does not let up with twists are every corner. It has multiple POVs and I found myself trying to speed through to get to the next one to see what would happen! I really enjoyed this book and will look for more books by this author in the future.
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The Family Across the Street by Nicole Trope is a highly recommended domestic thriller set in Sydney, Australia.

Margo is taking care of her baby when she hears what sounds like gun shots. As she looks outside she sees the police and her older neighbor Gladys outside. When Margo steps out to ask what is going on, Gladys tells her that shots have been fired and to go back inside. At this point the novel jumps back in time seven hours earlier in the morning when it appears that things started to go wrong at the Wests' home. Logan, a delivery driver has a package for Katherine West that must be signed for, but she says she can't open the door to sign for it. This strikes Logan as odd, especially when he said he'd wait if she needed to get dressed or anything. Gladys noticed right away that the twins, George and Sophie, were quiet in the morning, rather than the loud and rambunctious five-year-olds they normally are, and she didn't see them leave for school. When she tries to stop by and talk to Katherine, she is told it isn't a good time through the closed door. She later tries to call Katherine several times but the calls are not answered. Later when she sees a sign in the upstairs window saying "Halp Us" she is certain something is terribly wrong.

The narrative is told through the perspective of Gladys and Logan, outside the Wests' home, and from the point-of-view of the adults inside the Wests' home where Katherine and her children are being held hostage. As this is a character based drama, Trope allows her characters to push plot development forward and help create a sense of unease, tension, and fear. While the drama inside the home is disturbing and dangerous, Gladys is dealing with her own problems with her increasingly incapacitated husband. While out on his deliveries, Logan learns some bad personal news and must process that information until he is in a place to deal with it.

This compelling novel sets a quick pace as it switches between the various points-of-view in short chapters. This swift shuffling between the perspectives of the four characters helps keep the tension building while you try to guess exactly what is going to happen next in the life of each character. Trope is careful to develop her characters without revealing any of the secrets she wants to keep for later and will deliberately lead you toward the action packed final reveal and confrontation. (The title was originally Home Sweet Home and then changed to The Family Across the Street, so reviews of this novel can be found under both titles.)

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Bookouture.
The review will be published on Barnes & Noble, Google Books, and submitted to Amazon.
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This year I've been getting more and more into Thrillers. This one was a fantastic thriller. This story is told from different neighbors povs. We follow each persons day as something horrible is going on. They alone and together are trying to piece together what's real and not real to help a fellow neighbor or are they just over reacting? There were several twist and turns in this story and how everything comes together in the end was fantastic. I thought I figured out the twist before but I was wrong when one happened I had to go back and read it again because I was not expecting that. Like most thrillers I don't like to give anything away because that's the best part about thrillers is to figure out what's going on and can you figure it out before the end. I like going into these books blind and I think anyone wanting to read this one should go in blind.

The writing was fast paced and the plot keep me interested and engaged in this story. I really enjoyed the writing style of this author will be interested in reading more from this author.

What are you waiting for GO READ

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for a e-arc in exchange for a honest review
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Sydney Australia

Gladys had Lou have lived in their neighborhood for many years.  While they were never able to have children, they have always loved one another.  Now, Lou is ill with Parkinson’s disease and Gladys worries about him so much.

Katherine and John live across the street from them and are the parents of 5-year-old twins, George and Sophie.  Gladys is friends with them, but the family pretty much stays to themselves.  Today, Gladys is concerned when she remembers hearing John's tires squeal as he drove away from the house early this morning.   In addition, the children have not left for school and the house seems to be closed up.  When Gladys knocks on the door to see if someone is ill, she is turned away by Katherine.

Logan had a difficult childhood that left him with a lot of anger which landed him in prison for a few years.  But he has worked hard to turn his life around and is now happily married to Debbie, a nurse.  His brother-in-law has grudgingly given him a job delivering packages.  Today, he tried to deliver a package to Katherine that required her signature but she refused to open the door.  Thus, he tells her he will have to leave it at the post office for her to pickup later.  Afterward, he cannot shake off the feeling that something in that house is wrong.

As the hours in the day pass by, we see Katherine and her twins closed up inside their home with a man holding a gun.  He is spouting evil, hateful things to Katherine and hurting them all.  Is this her husband whom she thought loved his family so much?  Why would he do this?

This was a well-written book that kept the tension building just as the unusually high outside temperature rose as well.  We see Gladys worrying about Katherine and her family and Logan feeling uncomfortable too.  Too often we tend to tell ourselves we are imagining things, but are we?  Isn’t it worth it to check it out?  Lots of scary times here that made me cringe.  I kept asking myself how do some people get so messed up in their head.  Don’t miss this.  It’s a nail biter.

Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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When you live in a close knit communityyou know everyone and each day is the same routine. That is until the day the neighbours curtains were closed in the morning and the kids were quiet. A nosy neighbour feels something isn't right, is she worrying over nothing. Katherine's husband is nice what could be wrong, perhaps they are ill and that is why the curtains are shut.
This book was amazing. I just couldn't stop reading it. I would highly recommend reading it.
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With the drama unfolding over the course of a day this was fast-paced; and the writing style matched with frequent switches in points of view and short chapters. With the short timescale, limited number of characters and single setting the author created a claustrophobic intensity that was maintained from start to finish. In fact the writing was really clever with the author implying a certain thing with such strength that I never even questioned it until the end. She also somehow manages to seamlessly provide sufficient back stories and understanding of the things that led to the day's events all without leaving the present day story. Because of this many of the characters end up growing on and completely surprising you - particularly delivery driver Logan and neighbour Gladys both of whom I was weirdly rooting for more than Katherine and her children. And, for that reason I loved the decent-sized epilogue and seeing out how things turned out for these two characters. The only thing I didn't like was the link between Logan and Katherine which felt a bit too convenient and forced but a minor thing in a totally gripping, page-turner.
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This one is dark and uncomfortable and utterly unique with an ending twist that blew my mind! This is a trope I generally avoid, and to be honest I almost set it aside after that first difficult chapter. But I’m so glad I kept reading because this one got me good! Thank you Netgalley, Bookouture, and Nicole Trope for this eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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'The Family across the street' by Nicole Trope is one of the psychthrillers that I have not been able to put down and that had the unexpected kind of events that I couldn't figure out when the events unfolded. 

This book has kept me on the edge of my seat literaly and figuratively speaking. The writing style caught me unawares of the most important revelation in the story. 
The story is set in a neighborhood of Hogarth street in Australia. Katherine and Josh West have the seemingly perfect family with a set of beautiful twins. Their neighbor Gladys lives across their street with her ailing husband and she usually gets awakened by the children's early morning activities, is surprised that she couldn't hear the twins on this particularly hot day. A courier person, Logan who is on the doorstep of the West's home is surprised when Katherine refuses to accept her courier and refuses to open the door to sign for the courier. Logan senses something wrong. The story then unfolds the reasons for Katherine's behaviors and whether Gladys and Logan were able to act on their suspicion is for you to discover by reading the story. 

The story has brought such an important topic of parenting, childhood traumas and their effects on adulthood. The difference between those who work on their past traumas and those who dont. A story about love, friendship and listening to your instinct. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the story, the message and the way the story has been written and all the unexpected turns in the story with a major shocker at the end. A fabulous psychological thriller. I would recommend this boo k to all those who enjoy reading psychological thrillers
I thank Bookouture, Netgalley and the author for approving my request to read and review this book. All opinions expressed are mine. 

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Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for this eARC of “The Family Across the Street.”

I have to preface this review with this: I am usually reading two books at once because I like to fall asleep reading but can only read on a Kindle in bed. I find it uncomfortable to hold a book, especially a hard cover, as I’m trying to fall asleep. So I have a bed book (Kindle) and a couch book (physical). 

On Saturday I needed a new bed book and started tapping around my Kindle. I didn’t  remember requesting this one from Netgalley (a platform for digital ARCs), but I’m always in the mood for a creepy thriller — and this is a very good one. I flew through it. 

“The Family Across the Street” is a domestic thriller that hooked me immediately. In the midst of a devastating Sydney heat wave, there is something wrong at John and Katherine West’s house. The nosy neighbor lady Gladys can sense it, as does Logan, an ex-con delivery driver with a heart of gold. 

Gladys and Logan are right, as Katherine and her twin 5-year-olds have been taken hostage inside the house. 

This book becomes all-consuming pretty quickly as it unfolds over the course of a day, told between the alternating perspectives of Katherine, Logan and Gladys. If you want a quick, engrossing thriller — this is it!
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