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Those People Next Door (Paperback)Kia Abdullah (author)
Escalating with a sense of pulse-quickening dread, this unputdownable story of nightmare neighbours and the violence that lurks behind the hedgerows of suburbia is another winner from the author of Next of Kin.
Waterstones Thriller of the Month for August 2023
You can choose your house. Not your neighbours.
Welcome to your dream home.
Salma Khatun is extremely hopeful about Blenheim, the safe suburban development to which she, her husband and their son have just moved. Their family is in desperate need of a fresh start, and Blenheim feels like the place to make that happen.
Meet your neighbours.
Not long after they move in, Salma spots her neighbour, Tom Hutton, ripping out the anti-racist banner her son put in their front garden. She chooses not to confront Tom because she wants to fit in. It's a small thing, really. No need to make a fuss. So Salma takes the banner inside and puts it in her window instead. But the next morning she wakes up to find her window smeared with paint.
And prepare for the nightmare to begin.
This time she does confront Tom, and the battle lines between the two families are drawn. As things begin to escalate and the stakes become higher, it's clear that a reckoning is coming... And someone is going to get hurt.
A gripping thriller about nightmare neighbours, Those People Next Door explores the loss of innocence and how far we're prepared to go to defend ourselves and the people we love.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 33 mm
Praise for Those People Next Door:
'Those People Next Door is intelligent, clever, poignant, sharp, and thought-provoking, right through to the perfect final line. Another sure hit for Kia Abdullah, I loved it and can't wait to see what comes next.' - Andrea Mara, Sunday Times bestselling author of All Her Fault
'A rollercoaster ride of a toxic tale of neighbours from hell. Brilliantly pacey and wonderfully written with a lovely big twist. Highly recommended.' - Neil Lancaster, bestselling author of Dead Man's Grave
'I was utterly addicted to Those People Next Door. It's a stunning, thought-provoking and morally challenging read. It was so vivid and will make readers question their own values and viewpoints all in the context of a world-class story.' - Graham Bartlett, author of Bad For Good
'This powerful social drama about racism and microaggression in today's society is a must-read.' - Prima
'A tense, clever tale about the seething underbelly of a picture-perfect suburban town.' - Country and Town House
'If Jane Austen were alive, she would not be writing about zombies but the sorts of novels that Kia Abdullah does.' - The Times
'A thought-provoking thriller with the addition of a gripping courtroom drama, and more than one surprising twist along the way. Highly recommended!' - The Peterborough Telegraph
'Creates an important dialogue about the communities we live in and the importance of frank discussions about race in the UK.' - PA Media
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“a master storyteller”
I always feel a great sense of anticipation before starting one of Ms Abdullah's books, knowing that i will be in the hands of a master storyteller, and
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“Another belter from Kia Abdullah”
Kia Abdullah has once again written a mind bowing, thought provoking book with ‘Those people next door’. Have read all the authors books and they never disappoint.
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