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The New House

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The blurb really caught my attention, but it didn't quite meet my expectations. The book starts off quite well, but the pacing was way too slow for the genre, and some parts were bit confusing.

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Excellent characters, the kind you love and love to hate! Fast moving plot with loads of moving parts. A enjoyable read! Thank you for the opportunity to read for a fair review.

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I’d like to thank Avon Books UK and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read ‘The New House’ by Tess Stimson in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Millie and Tom have a list of houses they’d buy if they ever became available and when they saw that the Glass House owned by Stacey and Felix is for sale they know they’ve got to have it. Millie and Tom’s own house has been swept up by Harper and Kyle who need a larger home in the right area to give their children a good start in life. The three women get to know each other but problems arise as one of the sales falls through, and one of them will go to any lengths to ensure they get what they want.

When I started reading ‘The New House’ I was intrigued to read about Millie’s little habit of wandering around other peoples’ homes and taking a small item they won’t miss, but when I became aware of her occupation I was flabbergasted as it seemed so implausible, and the story became so far-fetched that the characters stopped being real and it all started to go downhill. Having enjoyed ‘One In Three’ and ‘Stolen’ I expected to enjoy this latest thriller just as much, and it is well-written with an involving plot and some parts in particular are very good, but despite the shocking events and twists and turns I struggled with it and was glad when I got to the end. From the reviews I’m in the minority so please read it and make up your own minds as this is just my opinion.

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Three couples. About to purchase their dream home. How far would you go to get the perfect life?

The premise doesn't really tell us much about the book. It's far from just being about three couples buying and selling houses. It's a bit far fetched, but that did not stop me from being hooked from the first page. I did not really connect with any of the characters even though they were well developed, believable, and quite unique. Everyone seems to have a secret, There's so many twists my head was spinning trying to keep up. The plotline has been cleverly crafted. Once you pick this fast paced read up, you won't want to put it back down again. The way this book ended was completely unexpected.

I would like to thank #NetGalley #AvonBooksUK and the author #TessStimpson for my ARC of #TheNewHouse in exchange for an honest review.

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Book 53 of 2022

This is my first @tessstimson book and after reading the synopsis, I thought it was right up my literary street. Domestic drama crossed with our obsession with Instagram-perfect homes and there we have 'The New House'. From its cover, we see the perfect modern house, glass everywhere and a sandstone wall and it seemed to reflect my own 1930s modern rebuild (minus the pool of course!). We have three couples and a dark twisty plot. Morning TV host Stacey and Felix live in the Glass House, much-admired by Millie and Tom. Where some couples have that hall-pass-it's-fine-to-go-for-it with someone lusted over, Millie has the hall-pass-house and if the Glass House ever goes up for sale, they must put in an offer. Millie is a world-renowned cardio-thoracic surgeon but she doesn't mind playing dirty for this house. Then we have Harper and Kyle, social-media vloggers much to Kyle's seeming reluctance. The portmanteau of Kyper Nation is given to the hordes of followers who hang on their every word and when Harper offers above asking price for Millie and Tom's house, the chain of events commences. We have short chapters interspersed with SET talk on the subject of psychopathy (almost like a TED talk) with an unknown narrator speaking to an audience desperate to know what being a psychopath is really like.

The book is dark and definitely one to keep you guessing. All characters are unlikeable and I loved @tessstimson's curve-balls and twists to keep me turning those pages. I'm glad to have found a new author and one with quite the back catalogue for me to catch up on.

Many thanks to @NetGalley, @tessstimson and @avonbooksuk for my e-ARC ahead of publication on 4th July in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Who knew house purchase could be so complicated or dangerous? Three couples involved in the sale of two properties. In a normal world their contact would be minimal, but in The New House, that doesn't happen. During the selling/purchasing process they become involved in each others' lives with devastating consequences.
What follows is a dark story with many twists and turns to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.
Excellent plot with an authentic feel to the characters - I thought surgeon Millie Downton's character was particularly well written - I found it difficult to put down. Absolutely loved it.

I would like to thank Tess Stimson, Avon and NetGalley for an ARC of The New House in exchange for an honest review.

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Amazing! Dark, feisty with an unstoppable momentum. I was totally carried along with the characters, trying to decide who was responsible for what. Millie -the cardiac surgeon, Harper- the blogger, Stacey- the Tv presenter, Peter- Millie’s son, or other members of their families. Definitely one to read!

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Those who live in glass houses shouldn't keep secrets...

Stacey and Felix live in the much-coveted Glass House, an architectural masterpiece in London. When they decide to sell and find a smaller home, Stacey is very cautious about who will buy her home. Will the buyer keep her secrets? Millie and Tom have always vowed to buy the Glass House if it ever went up for sale, and now their dream is within reach. Harper and Kyle want to move to a different school district, to give their children the best chance of having everything they never did. When Millie and Tom list their house, Harper knows it's the perfect house- their forever home. Everything seems like a go, until one of the homeowners pulls out of a sale. Lines are crossed, words are exchanged, and someone will go to great lengths to get what they want...
I read this book in two sittings, and that is only because I had to force myself to stop reading and go to bed in the wee hours of the morning. This book hooked me from the beginning and didn't release me from its grip until the very end. The New House is one of my favourite reads so far this year. The characters were well-written and I loved learning everything about them. I loved the twisted storyline and all of the characters' dark secrets. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone looking for a twisted psychological thriller!

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Sensational story! I could not get enough of this, so I read it in one day! What starts out as a three-chain house buying scheme turns into something completely different. There is a person narrating to us in some chapters - you will think you know who it is but there is a big surprise! Well researched and presented.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Avon for this ARC!

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💙 𝔹𝕠𝕠𝕜 ℝ𝕖𝕧𝕚𝕖𝕨 💙

The New House
Tess Stimson
Release Date: 8/4/22
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

OMG 😱 Y’all, I was seriously unprepared for the severe book hangover I have after finishing this one!

Three couples, three houses, one home to die for. Millie and Tom have had their eyes on the Glass House for as long as they can remember. Stacey and Felix are selling the Glass House to finally downsize. Harper and Kyle find Millie’s house to be their dream home. Everything is moving along nicely until one of the sales falls through and puts all their lives in temporary limbo. What lengths will one of them go to to ensure they get what they want?

This book is so much darker than it seems! Everyone has secrets, everyone tells lies, everyone wants something they can’t quite have. It was hard for me to put this one down. It was twisty and thrilling from the very first page and the surprises just kept coming! Even though you think you’ve got a good feel of each character by the time it’s over, you will still be gobsmacked by the shocking ending!

This is definitely one you don’t want to miss out on on pub day!

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While the main thread of this story is about buying a home and all the disasters that can and do happen, this is really about the three families involved in those disasters and how they all crossed paths.
We meet and learn about psychopaths: is this an inherited trait? Can that behavior be controlled? "See something-say something"—not if it's your kid!
The vicious world of TV: the constant worry of the younger face, always looking over your shoulder.
The Wild Web: sloggers and bloggers and their incessant search for a wider audience which translates to more sponsors and more money.
Mix this crowd together and it’s a cacophony of treachery, deceit, physical torture and murder that the members of these families display that will have you glued to your book. Exciting till the last sentence!

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Very few books cause me to think ‘Am I really reading this?’ ( in a good way 😁 ) this book did, I could try and explain why and could ramble on for hours, none of us want that but to say this book is
And as dark as night, it’s horrific yet brilliant, well written does not do it justice and if you think, like me, it’s a tale of 3 couples buying their dream homes then it is but it also couldn’t be further from the truth
More psychopaths and sociopaths than ever met in a book and they are scary and fascinating,as are the little bits of info given on real life psychopaths welded into the story
The whole book is not a book but a real experience

5 Stars

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WOW. That escalated quickly. I mean, that really got out of hand fast. The New house is a chilling new thriller by Tess Stimson that will rock you to your core!

Millie is a world class heart surgeon, married for 19 years to Tom. They have two children, Medusa and Peter. The jokes write themselves here, folks, because Millie fancies herself a psychopath of sorts and I assume only a psychopath would name their child Medusa. They call her Meddie though, so don't worry!

Stacey is a beloved news anchor married to Felix, who seems to be a pretty bad dude. Stacey owns the Glass House, a landmark home of the area, and also Millie's dream home. She will do anything to get it so when Stacey puts it on the market, Millie comes in hot immediately and they hit it off and strike up a friendship, which is new for Millie. Millie becomes very protective of Stacey. sparring with Felix over his alleged misdeeds. Felix sings a different tune.

The final couple here are Harper and Kyle aka Kyperlife. They're goofy influencers who get involved in this because they want to buy Millie and Tom's house, which is great because they need to sell it fast to get funds toward Glass House. They're a bit young and naive but Harper hits it off with Tom and they become quite involved in the foolery afoot because they'd pitched this move to sponsors for content so when the sales start to fall through, everyone has something to lose.

We know from the start that an infamous murder occurs and that not everyone in this property chain is going to make it out alive. We are thrown from past to present, with a SET Talk in between, which is like a TED Talk on psychopathy. We initially assume it's Millie, but as the book goes on, I start thinking it could be anyone involved! When it comes to this piece of real estate, they're as ruthless as it comes.

This dropped bombshells continuously. Every time I thought I had it figured out, we got another curveball! It scratches on some interesting social truths. It kept me on my toes until the very last page, set against the mental images of beautiful architecture and some strange but possibly true medical lingo. If 1 in 100 normal people in any room are psychopaths, where does that put you?!

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advanced copy to read and review!

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If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. This book is the embodiment of a true psychological thriller. Who knew that buying a house could be so dangerous. There were so many twists and turns that I never saw coming. Millie and Tom have discovered the perfect house, in their neighborhood, which they call, "The Glass House." Millie has made Tom promise that when it comes up for sale, they will purchase it.. The house is put on the market, and the lives of Millie and Tom will never be the same. This book has so much suspense. It will keep you guessing. I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves a great psychological thriller. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the advance review copy in exchange for my honest review.

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Just WOW! This book is astonishing and an absolute must read!

Tess Stimson is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Her books are addictive, fast paced thrillers that take you hostage!

A fabulous storyline and brilliant characters (although I don’t think I’d like to meet any of them!).

I love the intrigue of the SET talk and the ambiguity of who is speaking. I loved the symmetry of the characters and the constant questioning of who was bad.

Absolutely brilliant!

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I found this book equally confusing but addictive and very twisty. At times I got frustrated by it and other times I couldn’t get enough of it. A good read but not great. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.

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This was my first taste of this author and boy did I enjoy it. I wasn't sure if I liked this type of plot but I quickly realized I do. This book had so many twists and turns. Some I did not see coming which is always a good thing in my book.

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Gripping, thrilling, addictive, The New House is the book that just keeps on giving. It’s a psychological thriller that gets its hooks into you from page one and will entertain till the very end. Thank you to NetGalley, Avon Books UK and the author for the chance to review.

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Thank you Avon Books UK and NetGalley for an early copy of The New House. Wowzer!!!!!!!!!!!!! WHOA!!!!!! This one will stay with me for a verrrrrry long time. The characters were sooooo good, the plot was intense and the ending was different. Alot of information went into this book about psychopaths and it makes me think there are lots of them out in the world, scary thought. Fantastic book!!

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Wow!!!!The is the true definition of gripping, dark, page-turning psychological thriller!
Three couples are connected by a dream house - The Glass House.
Couple A (Stacey and Felix) owns it but they are downsizing, therefore Stacey is finding the right person to buy the house to keep the secret…
Couple B (Millie and Tom) noticed they put up a For Sale sign. Millie can’t wait to move into this dream house.
Couple C (Harper and Kyle) is a pair of famous influencer. They are planning to move into Millie’s move up in the society.
BUT Nothing goes as planned…
Intriguing since page 1 of the book. Those twists and those dark secrets will keep you read till the end.

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