Today I am taking part in the books on tour and reviewing The Family Across the Street by Nicole Trope. This was released on the 6th of August, published by Bookouture.
Sometimes, the most perfect families are hiding the most terrible secrets. How well do you know the people next door…?
Everybody wants to live on Hogarth Street, the pretty, tree-lined avenue with its white houses. The new family, The Wests, are a perfect fit. Katherine and John seem so in love and their gorgeous five-year-old twins race screeching around their beautiful emerald-green lawn.
But soon people start to notice: why don’t they join backyard barbecues? Why do they brush away offers to babysit? Why, when you knock at the door, do they shut you out, rather than inviting you in?
Every family has secrets, and on the hottest day of the year, the truth is about to come out. As a tragedy unfolds behind closed doors, the dawn chorus is split by the wail of sirens. And one by one the families who tried so hard to welcome the Wests begin to realise: Hogarth Street will never be the same again.
A completely gripping, twist-packed psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Sally Hepworth and Lisa Jewell.
Hogarth Street sounds like the perfect suburban dream to call home and raise your family. What could possibly be amiss in such a beautiful seemingly safe neighbourhood made up of wonderful families who love to share some downtime together and support each other when they are in need. So what could be possibly be wrong with the Wests? Are they just in need of some neighbourhood support, that they are hesitant to accept, or is something more sinister lurking among the shade of the trees on beautiful Hogarth Street.
Struth! What a bloody ripper of a read this is! Nicole Trope has crafted a thrilling read set on a blazing hot summer’s day in Sydney where gunshots open the story in the home of the Wests. From there the story is told over a seven hour period from the points of view of Katherine West, delivery driver Logan, neighbour Gladys and the person wielding the gun.
The use of the heat creates a stifling and claustrophobic atmosphere in the Wests home as the family is held at gunpoint and even though Australia is in the midsts of Winter, I found myself many times in a sweat unable to catch my breath as the tension and suspense drips off the page and is ramped up with each chapter.
The Family Across the Street is a compelling tale that gets the heart racing! It has been masterfully executed, has a great cast of characters and with a thrilling yet emotional twist, this book is just the whole package. My first book by Nicole Trope, it will most definitely not be my last. A gifted storyteller that I look forward to reading more from.
Thank you to Nicole Trope, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Family Across the Street, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.
The Family Across the Street Books on Tour
Follow the tour along the way and see what these bloggers also thought about The Family Across the Street. Thanks to Bookouture for my spot on the books on tour.
Let’s Get to Know Nicole Trope
Nicole Trope went to university to study Law but realised the error of her ways when she did very badly on her first law essay because, as her professor pointed out, ‘It’s not meant to be a story.’
She studied teaching instead and used her holidays to work on her writing career and complete a Masters’ degree. In between raising three children, working for her husband and renovating houses, she has published six novels. She lives in Sydney, Australia.