The perfect house. The perfect family. Too good to be true.
Kate Webb still grieves over the loss of her young son. Ten years on, she spends her weekends hungover, attending open houses on Sydney\’s wealthy north shore and imagining the lives of the people who live there.
Then Kate visits the Harding house – the perfect house with, it seems, the perfect family. A photograph captures a kind-looking man, a beautiful woman she knew at university, and a boy – a boy that for one heartbreaking moment she believes is her own son.
When her curiosity turns to obsession, she uncovers the cracks that lie beneath a glossy facade of perfection, sordid truths she could never have imagined.
But is it her imagination? As events start to spiral dangerously out of control, could the real threat come from Kate herself?
Other People’s Houses is the debut novel by Kelli Hawkins and is a cracking read. A tale of grief, guilt and obsession, this is a story that will have you flicking the pages well into the night.
The striking cover of this book immediately grabbed my attention and it’s premise had me completely intrigued. It is a unique story with an unreliable narrator at the forefront which are my favourite kind. I also loved its setting in Sydney and it was a refreshing change to read a book set in Australia.
The story is told from Kate’s point of view, an alcoholic who’s grief just consumes her. At times it can be quite hard and overwhelming to read and your heart just breaks for her. There were many times I just wanted to reach into the book to give her a hug.
Other People’s Houses is a very well written and executed tale that will have you still thinking about long after you have read it. A fast paced and gripping read I throughly enjoyed this book. Kelli Hawkins is definitely one to watch and I look forward to reading what she comes up with next.
Thank you to Kelli Hawkins, Harper Collins Australia and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of Other People’s Houses, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.