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The New House

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I absolutely devoured this. I was delighted to get the opportunity to read this in advance of publication thanks to #netgalley and I struggled to put it down. Perfectly drawn characters, fascinating personalities and it kept me guessing all the way through.  Another winner from Tess Stimson! Thoroughly recommended.
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Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for an advanced electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Three couples, three house sales, until one falls through. But this is about more than just buying a house...

Millie has a traumatic past and Tom was the one to save her. She wants nothing more than the Glass House. Harper and Kyle are looking to move up, and their vlog supporters and sponsors are watching to make sure it happens. Stacey and Felix live in the Glass House, but not everything is as it seems there either... and what's the talk about psychopaths and their traits? What kind of people are we really dealing with?

I requested this book after reading "Stolen" by Tess Stimson last summer and really enjoying it. From the start of this read, there were small elements of mystery, and even without a big crime on the pages, I still felt intrigued. Even in the last chapter, I was still shocked. This thriller is done extremely well, and now that I've read and enjoyed two books by Tess Stimson, I think I need to read them all.

CW: infidelity, gaslighting, domestic violence, blood, murder, death
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A new author to me. Tess didn't disappoint. This is a fast paced book with so many twists and turns you are never entirely sure what you are looking at. I really enjoyed it and found it unputdownable. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy of this book.
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This book is hard to describe.  On the surface, it is the story of three couples trying to buy each other's houses.  On the surface, it is the story of one of the husbands disappearing and who is responsible and who is setting everyone up.  It is primarily a story of what makes a psychopath.  We have a mysterious narrator, a self identified healed psychopath and then we have the couples.   It is not a typical read and I liked that  4.5
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Wow, this book was mad, I'm so glad I didn't read it before we moved house a little while ago, as this would have completely put me off! Every character was 'unique', they all seemed like quite normal people on the surface but were all psychopaths and completely without any morals, some a lot worse than others.

The story revolves around three couples moving house, so all in the same chain, but of course as is usual with most house buying, nothing goes to plan and chaos ensues.

It was quite hard to get a handle on everyone, and every time I thought I'd figured out who was the most evil (as they all were) something would happen and my perceptions would totally change. There's a part throughout the book where the narrator is talking about how they were a 'nice' psychopath and describing what had gone on previously in this story, and again I kept changing my mind about who this was, and I still didn't figure it out until the end of the book when it was made clear.

A book that really keeps you on your toes and nothing is quite as it seems, it twists and turns all over the place and is quite scary in places. I definitely need a lighthearted read after this dark, thrilling book!
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THANK YOU Netgalley & Avon Books for an eARC of The New House by Tess Stimson!

ALL THE STARS. This book is hands down a favorite of 2022. I knew after reading One in Three that I'd pick up anything else Tess writes immediately, and this book was everything and more that I could've wished for.

Three couples. Three houses. One home to die for. When one of the sales fall through, how far will the others go to get what they want? 

I was expecting one thing from this psychological thriller, and got something unexpected - gripping, twisty. dark and absolutely addicting, I devoured this book in a day and will recommend it to all of my bookish friends.  The New House is the definition of "unputdownable". Multiple POVs, a mystery narrator, and a roller coaster of twists. The characters are well built-in and I was invested until the very end. RUN, don't walk, to pre-order this book NOW!
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Three couples are in a property buying and selling chain, with the incredible Glass House (owned by Stacey and Felix) at the top, Millie and Tom’s property in the middle, and Kyle and Harper at the bottom. You’d think that was pretty straightforward but things have a habit of going wrong, especially house sales.

This psychological thriller kept me gripped right to the end and I’d highly recommend it.

Thank you to NetGalley and Avon Books UK for an advance reader copy in return for an honest review.
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I was immersed in this book from the first to the last page. This book has everything; the pleiad of emotions, mystery, suspense, action, darkness, you name it, it has all. Welcome to the world of psychopaths (and their victims)!

Three families, three houses on sale. And some will do anything, really anything - to get their property crushes in their hands.

"Selling a house to a prospective buyer is the easy bit. Property is sold in the first ten minutes based on the emotions it elicits. You’re selling a lifestyle, not a pile of bricks and mortar: a dreamworld of crisp white linen duvet covers, vases of fresh lilies in every room."

And soon something as ordinary as moving house descends into chaos and bloodshed. Relationships are different behind closed doors, things are always complicated. Violence is never the answer, of course. Until it’s the only option.


Evolution doesn’t care about how altruistic you are, or how much good you do. Only that you win. 

Sometimes all it takes is for the wrong person to cross your path at the wrong time.

Which version is absolute truth?

I just don't want to reveal too much of a story, read it yourself, you'll enjoy it.



Wow, what a rollercoaster of emotions! Fascinating, gripping, and dark with very well-built characters. 

I loved it!
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Tess Stimson's novel The New House stands out as the most excellent thriller I've read in 2022. It captivated me from beginning to end and I could not put it down. 

Synopsis:
The lives of three couples become entwined after a real estate transaction turns south. How far will each couple go to own their dream home?

The New House is brilliantly written. The characters are well fleshed out and the suspense is heart-stopping. If you enjoy a book with plot twists and surprises, then The New House is for you. This is my first book by Tess Stimson. Her books are now on my must-read author's list. I highly recommend this novel. It does contain violence so be aware of the trigger warnings. (5 huge ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)

The New House by Tess Stimson is available on August 4th. 

Thank you, NetGalley and Avon Books UK, for allowing me to review this outstanding book. I loved every page of it!
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Wow!!! Just wow!!! What an unputdownable book!!! This was one of the best psychological thrillers I’ve ever read. If you ever wondered what being in the mind of a sociopath was like, this will bring you through it!!
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This book was nothing like what i thought it was going to be! A buying chain from absolute hell! I loved this book and absolutely binged it, couldnt stop reading!
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Are you thinking of buying a new house? I hope you don’t end up in a chain with buyers like in this one…
Once this entangled group make offers on each other’s properties it sets off a chain of events with disastrous consequences. It’s a perfect storm of seemingly “perfect“ people but much like house fronts they’re a facade, they hide what’s behind and beneath and we can never know the truth of what goes on in a persons head or behind closed doors. Also consider, what would you do if someone really tests you? What lines would you cross? These house sales come with high prices attached.

Let’s introduce the players. At the bottom of the chain are “Kyperlife” YouTube Vloggers Kyle and Harper Conway who want to buy Millie and Tom Downton’s property and at the top of the chain and owners of the coveted Glass House are Stacey  and Felix Porter. 

This really is a go in blind read for the greatest and most deliciously devilish enjoyment. The less you know about the characters and their er, flaws, the more you will revel in it. This becomes seriously dark and messed up.

There are multiple jaw floor  moments which will shock as you’ll be fooled more than once. Well, I will certainly admit to it!!  In addition, there is much bear poking which is distinctly inadvisable  given the default setting of some characters and  it becomes incredibly dangerous. You read with baited breath, your jaw is already on the floor and your eyes are out on stalks. Its a look and not a pretty one. 

As for the ending, I just recover from one thing, pick myself up, regroup and then bam, Tess Stimson wallops you with something else! Its a brace yourself, buckle up read. 

Of course it has twists and suspense, it’s got more tension than piano wire, the humour is jet black and what it amounts to is an addictive read with never a dull moment which I quite simply could not put down. So if you like fast paced plots that are very convincing, hop on the rollercoaster as this is a winner!

PS. The author has clearly done a lot of research for this which makes it feel very authentic. 

With thanks to NetGalley and especially to Avon Books U.K. for the much appreciated arc in return for an honest review.
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The blurb on this book does it no justice at all. This is in no way a book about selling and buying houses! I’m absolutely not giving away spoilers so no details here, but this book is about psychopaths. 

Usually I‘d give a brief description of the story in my review, but instead I’ll focus on characters, while trying not to give anything away. Arguably our main characters are Renowned surgeon Millie, her husband Tom and their two children, Medusa and Peter. They are the centre of the property chain. Below them is a young couple, social media influencers Harper and Kyle who run the brand Kyper Nation. At the top of the chain are beloved morning TV host Stacey and her older husband, Felix.

It wouldn’t be right to say I liked the characters in this book. Mostly they left me cold, but I think that was deliberate. The way they interacted and behaved made for an irresistible read! Its a fast paced book with so many twists and turns you are never entirely sure what you are looking at. I really enjoyed it and found it unputdownable. Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for my copy of this book.
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'𝒀𝒐𝒖 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒏𝒐 𝒊𝒅𝒆𝒂 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖'𝒅 𝒅𝒐 𝒖𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒍 𝒚𝒐𝒖'𝒓𝒆 𝒑𝒖𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒕𝒆𝒔𝒕.'

A wickedly twisted and deliciously chilling novel that explores the dark side of the human psyche.

Three couples - renown heart surgeon Millie and her computer geek husband Tom, TV presenter Stacey and her older husband Felix, and the influencer duo Kyle and Harper aka Kyper - meet over a property deal, but end up getting entangled in each other's lives with disastrous consequences. 

I'm afraid that it may not be possible to write a fair review on this book without revealing spoilers but the one thing I can say without a doubt is that the blurb does absolutely no justice to this fantastic thriller. The plot is revealed through the POVs of Millie, Stacey, and Harper. Despite their widely different career paths and lifestyles, the one thing in common with all three women is that they are all shrewd, manipulative and above all, psycopaths. To what capacity they use their is what sets them apart and makes the reader root for one and condemn the other.

The narrative delves deep into the psychological and social makeup of a psycopath - what makes them tick and what turns them into monsters or overachievers. There is also a repeated mention of the extents a mother would go to, for her child - while I normally would agree with it, in this particular context, I beg to differ. The twisty dark nature of the plot makes for a thrilling read but it does require a trigger warning for certain graphical scenes of domestic violence and a bit of gory content. Being the wuss that I am, I skim-read those parts. 

Overall, an absolutely riveting read. Thanks to Avon Books and Netgalley for providing a digital copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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I didn't love this unfortunately. 
Each character was lacking a distinct personality to me, I found myself mixing up quite a few of the main female characters often. 
The suspense was also short lived especially towards the end, and I felt let down when things fizzled out.
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Three couples: Stacey and Felix, owners of the Glass House. Millie and Tom, have long wanted to buy the Glass House. Harper and Kyle, are eager to purchase Millie and Tom's house. What happens when things don't work out the way you want? 
Stacey is a famous tv host, but her marriage is not what it seems. Harper is a popular internet vlogger with dreams of moving up in society. Millie has always wanted to own the Glass House and is willing to do anything to get it. 

I really enjoyed Stolen, by Tess Stimson, so I was excited to read this newest one from her. It definitely did not disappoint. I enjoyed the different points of view, and especially the "SET Talks" chapters. Learning the inner workings of a psychopath's mind was interesting. Every single character is absolutely crazy and you're left wondering how it's going to end. It was one absolutely twisted story. There is quite a bit of violence detailed in the story, so be prepared.
There were a couple of things I felt were left somewhat unresolved, not major plot holes, but left me wondering what the point was for having mentioned them. Overall though,  this was an absolute thrilling read! 

Thanks to Netgalley and Avon Books UK for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review!
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Holy smokes Batman! This book took me by surprise by how damn good it was. And that ending, OMG. I can’t wait for what the author puts out next. I’ll be recommending this to everyone I know, even ones I don’t. Brava!
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Special thank you to Avon Books UK and NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this digital ARC of The New House. 

I love a good thriller  - but I didn't have the highest hopes. Well - I judged a book by its cover and was very pleasantly surprised! Such a well done thriller that is intense and hard to put down. I can't get over how well written this book is...the characters were so well drawn out you just want to know more and more. This is a wonderful psychological thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. This book is a perfect read for any true crime fan - its a nail biter all the way until the last page
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Thanks NetGalley, Avon and Tess Stimson for giving me the opportunity to read this ARC.

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 place..to 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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Millie and Tom are childhood sweethearts, Tom supports Millie completely and loves every single side of her. Which is all the more remarkable given she is a self confessed psychopath, albeit one that saves lives every day in surgery.
When a house Millie loves comes on the market, Tom is powerless to resist. 

Stacey and Felix are selling the house Millie wants, colloquially known as the glass house. Stacey hits it off with Millie and from there they become close of a sort.

The final part of the chain is Harper and Kyle, who want to buy Millie and Tom’s house, social media influencers with no patience to get the house.

It all goes wrong, nothing is as it seems and even the untouchables can be conned. Add to that Millie and Tom’s children showing signs of Millie’s proclivities and you have one rip roaring thriller, with truly horrifying consequences.

This was spectacular and I devoured it in one sitting. I cannot wait to get a copy for my friends and read more of this author!
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