The House Across the Street by Lesley Pearse
Is there a murderer across the street?
It’s 1964 and twenty-three-year-old Katy Speed is fascinated by glamorous Gloria and the goings-on at her house over the road.
Who are the mysterious women that keep coming and going in the strange black car?
Then one night, Gloria’s house burns to the ground. Bodies are found in the wreckage.
And Katy’s horror turns to disbelief when her own father is arrested and charged with murder.
Determined to prove his innocence, Katy sets out to uncover the truth about the mysterious house across the street and find the real murderer. But that means risking her own life . . .
Book Review by Kelly Lacey
The House Across the Street by Lesley Pearse was a real gem of a read. It was not at all what I was expecting to read. I thought I was settling in to a feel good women’s fiction novel. With my hot cuppa and biscuits sat next to me I settled in for a cosy read. Then I was taken on a totally different reading road.
Set in the early 60’s we meet Katy who lives with her mum and dad. Starting out on in life Katy has big dreams. But when the house across the street burns to the ground and bodies are found in the wreckage (no spoilers, it is on the back of the book) her whole world changes.
The book covers so many topics including sexisim, domestic abuse, love and families. All with the mindset of the 1960’s human. It really shed light to me on how different the world was back them.
What ensued was a really enjoyable crime fiction read with a subtle hint of women’s fiction.
I highly recommend this corker of a read. It was an unexpected delight and as I closed the last page my tea sat there cold and undrinkable. I had been to engaged in the book I totally forgot about it.
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