The House - Simon Lelic

The House

By Simon Lelic

  • Release Date: 2017-08-17
  • Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 83 Ratings



The heart-stopping thriller about a husband and wife who are hiding something from each other, and from you...This book won't let you go until you've found out the truth. Perfect for fans of Erin Kelly, Gillian Flynn and Fiona Barton.

Whose story do YOU believe?

Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake.

Because someone has just been murdered outside their back door.




'O.M.G . I just devoured this gem...Perfect execution of a psychological thriller right here.' Reader review

'Brilliant. This is how I like my psychological thrillers. Clever, twisted and unexpected.' Reader review

'Hooked from page one! I started this book last night and couldn't put it down.' Reader review

'Lelic can plot like a demon' Guardian

'A brilliantly tense and shocking thriller. I literally couldn't put it down!' Nuala Ellwood, author of My Sister's Bones

'Really creepy and clever. I loved it.' Julia Crouch

'This terrifying thriller sent shivers through me' Jane Corry, author of My Husband's Wife

'An intriguing and suspenseful read' Cath Staincliffe

'Brilliantly dark and gripping...Plays on the fundamental fear that the building blocks of our existence - home, relationships, family - may not be as secure as we like to think' Thomas Mogford

'Creepy and totally gripping. A real page-turner. I loved it' Claire McGowan

'Absorbing, convincing and truly frightening ' The Times

'Powerful... A gripping, disturbing read' Marie Claire

'One of the genre's rising stars' Metro

'A writer to whom attention must be paid' Independent

'Electrifying' The New York Times


  • Couldn’t stop reading.....

    By jimmysmuma
    ....amazing book. Really dark & has you thinking it’s a ghost story in the beginning. Brilliant. 5 stars
  • Good read

    By Sammybabbbyyyy!!!
    Not as exciting as I hoped and I would have liked it more if it had been more haunted house than psycho thriller. It would have been a bit more interesting if the side storylines had been more intense and in depth as we only get tiny glimpses of the secondary and tertiary players in this novel and some had the basis for an interesting book on there own. This is a quick read and it's ok I'm getting a little tired og girl on the train type stuff now. We need someone to write about a new concept or one that we haven't read for a few years but this book does have a twist at the end although I'd guessed what it would be long before the last chapter This is not a bad book and it's quite a good bedtime story. Well I thought it was. I'd recommend it for people who like thrillers and murder mystery books.
  • Fantastic ending

    By Nic330011
    Slow start but fantastic ending part 2 had me gripped had to finish it
  • The House

    By Miss Pipistrelle
    Loved this book, kept me enthralled all the way through. Brilliantly written & can't wait to read the next!
  • Doug

    By honest jo
    Couldn't really get into this at all. The whole plot seemed very unlikely and not really believable. Couldn't connect to the characters and lost interest about half way through. Forced myself to finish it and gave up before the end.
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  • Brilliant!

    By Luna762779804436
    Loved it, so cleverly written. Read without breathing:-)
  • Gripping

    By Mollimill
    Read it in a few hours mainly because I NEEDED to know how it ended, it was so twisty and gripping....really great book
  • Fascinating read!

    By BackToBook
    The characters are all very believable and I enjoyed the many twists and turns. It moves along at a steady pace and you really want everything to work out for Syd and Jack. A great psychological thriller and a must read!
  • Truly original and well-plotted!

    By Grace@Good'n'Read~ybookblog
    Simon Lelic has written a psychological thriller like no other I have ever read before and it is an awesome read! Truly original and so well-plotted. Basically, this is all about the life of Sydney and her boyfriend Jack who finally manage to buy a home together. This house comes lock, stock and barrel is stuffed with the previous occupants belongings which they intend to sort through and dispose of 'sometime'. There follows a series of happenings which are creepy and spooky in the extreme - never have I been so glad of not sleeping alone as I was when reading this. I must admit that my heart sank when I started reading as I've never been keen on tales narrated to the reader by the characters. However, in this case I can see how necessary it was - well, I can now having read all the way to the end. To be completely honest it didn't take long for the writing style to take a back seat to the story. And wow, what a story it is! I'm not going to give any spoilers but, trust me, this is one of those novels whose content will stay with you for a long, long time. It always amazes me when, with all the books which are already out there, an author can conjure up something completely original with no hing of connection to any other novel. Simon Lelic has achieved that brilliantly, and I shall definitely be watching for future releases from him. I received an arc via NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.