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The Family Across the Street

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The Family Across the Street by Nicole Trope is a tense, nail-biting thriller that kept me reaching to read every spare moment. Hogarth St. is a beautiful place to live, but the neighbors do stay behind closed doors, and do we ever really know what goes on behind closed doors?

Gunshots pierce the quiet off Hogarth Street one sunny, summer afternoon. The story then backtracks to the beginning of the day to see how we get to this point. The story is told from multiple points of view, which can sometimes be annoying, but because the chapters are short, punchy, and keep the action moving forward, I enjoyed this use of MOV in the story. 

What I liked most about this story, aside from the plot which kept me on the edge of my seat, was that everyone gets some sort of redemption. The story cautions us not to judge people by their exteriors. Is the old lady in the neighborhood just a busy body, or is she actually looking out for her neighbors with true care and concern. Is Logan, the delivery driver who is covered in tattoos and has spent time in jail, bad news like he appears, or is there more to him? Is John, the quiet hard working father across the street really a monster behind the calm exterior? These questions made the story even more compelling and readable. 

Obviously when there is a thriller and bad things are happening there is going to be a bad guy or gal. But often riders fall into the trap of making everyone extremely unlikeable. I enjoyed reading a story where I had characters to root for! Well done, and I'll be looking for more from this author!

Thank you to NetGalley, Author Nicole Trope, and Bookoutre for giving me the opportunity to read this ARC.
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The book starts at the end of the day, where we witness something going wrong.
Then, and all along the book, we go back to the start of the day and live it through several characters' eyes.

The twist at the end, I never saw coming. I had to re-read some scenes to understand how I've been misled, and it was really clever.

It was a good book and the outcome was fast paced and really interesting.
So glad I picked it up !
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The book starts out with a bang...literally. Neighbors hear gunshots coming from the house across the street. A husband and wife and their twin children live there. The neighborhood busybody notices the children did not walk past on their way to school. A delivery driver feels something is off when the wife refuses to open the door for a package. 
If you think you know how this story is going to unfold, You Don't!!
I love a surprise!
Not my first book by Nicole Trope and it will not be my last.

Thanks to netgalley and Bookouture for the advance copy.
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If you want a book to be completely and utterly engrossed in this is it. It sucked me in with it’s prologue of neighbours hearing gunshots and then the characters and plot captivated me to the bitter end.

The intensity of the heatwave is nothing compared to the boiling rage that is being unleashed by a monster inside the West’s house. As a hostage situation develops on Hogarth Street, you will see it from multiple viewpoints. From Gladys the busybody neighbour who cares for her husband Lou, Logan the delivery driver with a chequered past, Kathryn inside the house with her five year old twins and from the monster himself brandishing the gun.

When something feels off do you trust your gut and get involved or do you fear you’re overstepping? For Gladys and Logan these are questions they are asking themselves. As a reader you will ask yourself what would I do?

This book blew me away, it is fraught with tension and my nerves were a jangling mess. Covering just seven hours and highlighting how appearances can be deceptive and how we judge people. 6ft 4 tattooed ex con with a conviction for violence against a woman or neighbourly accountant. Who would you trust?

It uses a highly effective sub plot to really drum home how your upbringing can in turn affect your life but it’s a circle that can be broken.

In my opinion this domestic thriller is faultless in its execution. Strangely though it wasn’t the hostages I was rooting for, but trust me when you read it you will know exactly who I was behind.
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(FIRST TITLED:   HOME SWEET HOME)

It's supposed to be a safe neighborhood. It's supposed to be a place where you know all your neighbors and they know you. It's supposed to be a really nice place to raise children.

This is a story about a normal family, Katherine and Josh, happily married, parents to young twins. But every family has secrets.

Gladys is the neighborhood watch dog. She notices everything. One morning she sees that the twins have not been taken to school that morning. All the blinds are closed, which is something Katherine does first thing every morning. She goes next door thinking that one of them might be sick. Funnily .... Katherine does not let her into the house.

Earlier that morning, a delivery driver tried to leave a package. The woman requests that he put the package on the porch and leave. He wants her to sign for it ... she refuses and shuts the door. Strange, he thinks.

Hours later police have been called ... multiple gun shots have been heard. No one is safe.

This intriguing story has twists and turns that seem to creep into being. It's well written, a real page turner. I couldn't put it down and read it in two sittings. The angst, the tension, the fear, the foreboding is palpable. The characters are unforgettable.

Many thanks to the author / Bookouture / Netgalley for the digital copy of this psychological thriller. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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This novel is shocking, heartbreaking, gripping, full of psychological depth, characters that seem to live with all their flaws, their personality, their love and their hate, people that could live on our street.
Is a mother's love enough to save their children? When is it right to interfere and what about letting others live their lives? How do we judge others? What do we really know about others?

The story is excellently crafted and believable and leaves room for some unexpected twists.
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I had so much fun reading Nicole Trope’s new psychological thriller! I literally could not put this book down and finished it in one sitting because it kept me wanting more! I always appreciate a thriller that successfully pulls off multiple POVs and Nicole Trope did a fantastic job. I loved the “mystery” point of view and the flashbacks between chapters. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys multiple POV thrillers with that affluent suburb vibe.
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Fantastic domestic thriller with all the twists and turns and one you won't see coming!  Raced through this in one day as I simply could not put it down!  

Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC!
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Krikey what a book!  More than a few times I was gobsmacked by the twists and turns in this book. And did not see that ending coming at all. Beautifully written and executed. My first Nicole Trope book but definitely not my last! 
I highly recommend this book. 
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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“SOMETIMES THE NICEST HOUSES BELONGING TO PEOPLE WITH THE WIDEST SMILES CONCEAL THE WORST HORRORS”

Terrifying, Nail biting, and Fast-paced, this story opens when THREE gunshots are heard from the home of John and Katherine West, where they live with their 5 year old twins, George and Sophie-a family of FOUR.

Has someone broken into the home? Or could this be another inexplainable murder-suicide?! 
This story FELT authentic from the first sentences and could have been ripped from the headlines.

After the opening chapter, the story will rewind 8 hours, and be told from four EQUALLY compelling POV’s .

Two are from outside  the home, where we hear from their concerned next door neighbor Gladys, and a courier named Logan who sensed that something was not right, when he attempted to deliver a package that had to be signed for. Both grapple with deciding if they should intervene. There is a fine line between what is considered to be “too interfering” and what is considered as being “too disinterested” when it comes to neighbors or strangers. 

A NEWS BREAK will flash across the television screens about a twenty five year old woman who was attacked in Melbourne two days prior, now in a Coma, and neighbors will admit to hearing arguing, but doing nothing about it. 

This will prompt both Gladys and Logan to take additional action.

And, from inside the home, we are told what is actually going on from Katherine, and the “monster” with the gun. 
You will get “inside the head” of the person holding the gun..what makes a person feel that they have now reached the point where there is no way back from what they have started? 

And, what gives others the courage to face these demons and fight like hell to survive? 

All of the characters were well developed, and fleshed out with their own personal stories, giving you additional insight into the choices that they will make. 

This was one of my favorite domestic thrillers this year-so GRIPPING and UNPUTDOWNABLE that I read it in a day!!  And, you don’t have to wait long to grab your copy-it publishes tomorrow!  August 6, 2021. 

The author has a new fan, and I cannot to read some of her earlier titles that I have somehow missed! 

Thank You to the wonderful Bookouture for providing a gifted copy through NetGalley! It was my pleasure to offer a candid review!
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This book starts with the sound of gunshots, from where or why we are to find out throughout the course of the book. And just that enigmatic starting of the book had me hooked to it from page one. In fact it was so intriguing, I finished it in 24 hrs!

The family across the street is a book about second chances in life, something not everybody gets. It also shines light upon how the early years of a child and their upbringing makes a huge impact on their lives.

The book talks about bottled up rage and childhood trauma. Two characters with similiar bad upbringing, one decides to let go and the other doesn't. The story also shows how people get manipulated easily, especially if the person who manipulates you is a person you completely trust, a truth that later becomes a hard pill to swallow.

About the characters.
•Patrick is a person who wanted a way to let go of the rage inside him, but he was unsuccessful. He didn't deal with his issues which eventually made him lose his bearings. 
• Logan is an example of how the world easily judges a person by their appearance and past, especially if they have a criminal record. These characters show that negligent/authoritative parents, for whom nothing you do is ever good, can be something extremely difficult to cope with, which is a bitter truth.
• All the characters are written well, these two being my favourites. Katherine is strong, Gladys is sweet, Debbie is understanding, Paul is kind and Maddy learns from her mistakes.

Overall I absolutely devoured this book and I really hope it gets the attention it deserves. A great ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 star read for me!
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Thank you Net Gallery for sending me a copy of this to review in advance of its release. 

This book is very fast paced. It is written in four characters POV which I really liked. I enjoyed getting in the head of the antagonist, where it was read in first person only compared to other three characters.

There was a twist which I did kind of see coming, there were niggly bits which gave it away for me. I did however struggle to put this down. Having it as an ebook made this even harder as I picked up whenever I could.

Good book - fast paced but slightly predictable, I wasn’t shocked really.
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The Family Across the Street by Nicole Trope is a fantastic thriller.  In a beautiful neighborhood lie many families - many that seem perfect.  Katherine and Josh are just that couple with 5-year old twins.  Behind closed doors there are twisted family issues that nobody can imagine are happening.  This psychological thriller was filled with many twists and kept me on the edge of my seat.
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OMG! This sums this book up completely. 
I’ve never read anything by Nicole before but I will definitely be recommending her from now on. The Family Across the Street is a book that will stay with me for a long time. 
The story is set in Australia and tells the story of Katherine and her family set in one very hot day. It is full of twists that I couldn’t put it down from the very first page. The ending will surprise you beyond belief!
I will definitely be looking for more books by Nicole Trope, what an Author.
Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for giving me an ARC of this fantastic book.
Five stars doesn’t seem enough.
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In this shocking story of a family held in acute fear by a gun - by someone that should love them, Katherine and her five-year-old twins Sophie and George are beyond terrified. How does love turn into hate? Will the three of them survive? 

Meanwhile, a delivery man named Logan knows something is not right. However, he is an ex-con covered with violent tattoos and resists the urge to push for what he knows he should do because he is in fear of how he will be looked upon. Then there is the Gladys, who is pretty much the neighborhood watch. She notices everything going on in her neighborhood, even though she is fairly well overwhelmed caring for her invalid husband Lou. She just knows something is wrong, but she is pretty certain the police won't take her seriously. She is desperate to do something, but what can she do? All the while, Katherine and her children are terrified. The man holding the gun is literally a hair trigger away from bringing absolute devastation. 

What a riveting book from the estimible Nicole Trope! To say this book is a page turner is the least that I can say. On the one hand we wonder what Logan and Gladys could possibly do. More imporantly, we are left to worry about the safety of the family. Meanwhile, Logan has his own drama concerning his partner Debbie and also his sister Maddie. His story is heartbreaking and flows quite well within the pages of this domestic thriller. There are some shocking, heartbreaking and terrifying moments. Fear and bravery are at war in this amazing story. The ending was completely unexpected. Kudos to Nicole Trope. I have only read a few of her books but as soon as reasonably possible I plan on devouring her backlist. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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This was a very tense, claustrophobic, domestic drama. I was never sure how it was going to end except that not everyone would live happily ever after. Apart from some whiny, self serving background from the villain of the story it was mostly told in the present tense, from various third person POVs. Most of the action takes place on one fateful day.

Logan is a delivery driver. He is also an ex convict so has to be very careful around the police. He also struggled to find a job until his wife (Debbie) talked her brother (Mack) into giving him the courier job although Mack still doesn’t trust him fully. His first stop is in a well off area to deliver a computer but the parcel needs to be signed for and the recipient, Katherine West, won’t open the door. She says she can’t open the door. Logan knows he should drop the parcel at the post office for the recipient to collect but he senses something is off about the whole exchange.

Also sensing some offness is Gladys, an elderly woman who lives, with her husband Lou, next door to Katherine. She hasn’t seen the children go to school and the blinds are still all down. She goes next door to see if everything is all right. She has no better luck than Logan. They both return at various stages during the day but the door remains very resolutely shut. Meanwhile Logan is getting ready to dash to Melbourne (from Sydney) where his sister Maddy is in hospital after being brutally bashed, presumably by her boyfriend Patrick. But first he reluctantly reports his concerns to the local police station. On seeing his record he is not taken seriously by the desk officer.

But still, he is drawn back to the West household where he finally meets Gladys outside as concerned as he is. On hearing a scream, he dashes to the back of the house to possibly render assistance. At this point you realise the story is not as simple as it, at first, appeared. The tension inside the house is so thick you could cut it with a knife. Emotions are running high and you wonder if anybody will walk away from this unscathed. 

 It ended up being very sad. Again a child has been ruined by the actions of one or both parents. It is all too common in real life and I guess this is an all too plausible outcome. The indecision by the concerned Logan and Gladys are very well portrayed. How do you balance neighbourly concern with potentially overstepping? When do you call the police? How do ensure children don’t fall through the cracks to end up repeating the mistakes of their parents? When faced with an impossible situation could you be as brave as Katherine? As a mother myself, I would like to think - yes. But you never know until you are tested.

This was a disturbing, very realistic story. I’ve seen this sort of thing play out in our newspapers and on our television screens time and time again. We should be able to do better! Thanks for the much appreciated ARC from Netgalley and Bookouture which I reviewed voluntarily and honestly.
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Oh wow, absolutely triple wow. This was a truly magnificent read, loved it from start to finish.   The story draws you right in, with the sound of gun shots in a well to do neighbourhood taking place literally on the very first page. 

The story was very well written, with the story plot being so cleverly and intricately woven like a maze, taking you down lots of different routes which you thought would reveal the answer but in fact turned out to be yet another deadend.   I really liked how the story was told from the viewpoint of three very different characters, being Katherine the mother/victim, Gladys the nosy well meaning neighbour and Logan the Delivery parcel guy. 

I was truly captivated and enthralled with this book and throughout reading it, I kept trying to piece everything together in my head, and figure it all out, and wondering how it would all end. Suffice to say I couldn't have been more wrong if I tried.  Absolutely amazing and a brilliant ending.

So if you are looking for a book that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat in eager anticipation as to what will happen next and be completely captivated throughout, then you really need to read this book.
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𝔹𝕠𝕠𝕜 ℝ𝕖𝕧𝕚𝕖𝕨

𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑭𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝑨𝒄𝒓𝒐𝒔𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒆𝒕
𝘽𝙮: Nicole Trope
𝙂𝙚𝙣𝙧𝙚: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction
𝙁𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙖𝙩: Kindle Read (@amazonkindle )
𝙍𝙚𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚𝙨 𝙊𝙣: Aug. 6th 2021
𝙋𝙪𝙗𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙝𝙚𝙧: @bookouture
@goodreads 𝙎𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙚: 4.44
𝙈𝙮 𝙎𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙚: 🏠 🏠 🏠 / 5 𝑯𝒐𝒖𝒔𝒆𝒔
Thank you @netgalley and @Bookouture for the gifted e-Arc. 

𝗘𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆 𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝘀𝗲𝗰𝗿𝗲𝘁𝘀.

The Wests are the new family on the block on Hogarth Street and everybody wants to live on Hogarth Street, the pretty, tree-lined avenue with its white houses. But on the hottest day of the year, the truth is about to come out. As a tragedy unfolds behind closed doors, one by one three family's lives will forever change. 

This new psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Sally Hepworth and Lisa Jewell will have you turning pages and sitting on the edge of your sit. With a slight bit of fluff here and there this gripping mystery will leave you wondering just how much goes into parenting children, showing them love and giving them the help they so desperately need. 

I enjoyed this new thriller by Nicole Trope. The characters were very intriguing and detailed. So very detailed in fact that I feel like there was a bit too much fluff. This is just my opinion. I noticed myself skimming over stuff that really didn't need to be in the story. However, that does not go back on the fact that this was still a very interesting and plot driven story that I enjoyed. 

"𝘛𝘩𝘳𝘦𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘦𝘺𝘦𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘦, 𝘯𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘧𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘦𝘴. 𝘐𝘧 𝘴𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘢𝘴𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘦 𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘪𝘧 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘤𝘢𝘱𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴, 𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘪𝘥 𝘯𝘰. 𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵'𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘐'𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘩𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦." ─ Nicole Trope, 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑭𝒂𝒎𝒊𝒍𝒚 𝑨𝒄𝒓𝒐𝒔𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒆𝒕
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Many thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for gifting me a digital copy of the latest thriller by Nicole Trope - 4.5 stars!

On a quiet street in Sydney during a heatwave, a gunshot rings out piercing the silence.  What's going on behind that closed door?  The story starts 7 hours earlier when things just don't seem right to delivery person, Logan, as he tries to deliver a package to the home of Katherine, John and their two children.  Neighbor Gladys also notices that things are different at the neighbor's house, but she's called the police once too often to report insignificant things, so her husband tells her to wait.  

Told from several different POV, this is a tense thriller that will keep you glued to the pages.  The characters feel real, each with their own issues and past trauma.  There are people who step up to do the right thing, no matter what.  A good tale about second chances and looking past outward appearances.  Another winner from Nicole Trope!
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This is how you do thrillers. OMG, this story was amazing. 
The plot was perfect and the intensity of the narrative, off the charts.  
I don't want to give away anything but this cast of characters has their ordinary day upended by an incident that pitches the reader into a tightly-woven-at-the-end-of-your-seat-nail-biting read.
Ten glorious stars. 
I need to raid this author's Amazon catalogue.
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