The Street, a review by Sherry

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The Street
Susi Holliday

292 pages
Thomas & Mercer
pubished June 6, 2023

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Again with these covers. It’s a picture of the street, but the colors and the abstractness just grabbed my attention. I am always judging a book by its cover and this one said read me now!

This is another read where I was all in from the start.  There is a couple that has just moved into a strangely protected neighborhood who just might be in witness protection.  The neighborhood is weird.  The neighbors are being shady. The first couple they met disappeared and everyone acts like they were never there.  There is absolutely no indication who is reliable and what is up.  It was kinda like when everyone but you knows a secret and you just need to know too.

I did not like any of the neighbors and wasn’t sure if I liked Anna and Peter when it came down to it.  But I really wanted to know what was up.  Don’t get me wrong.  I did like Anna and Peter at the start of the book, but the more we got to know them, the less I did.  The more I read, the more complicated the story became.  You have chapters from people not on the street, chapters from Anna and Peter’s past that very slowly show what got them to the street, and chapters someone is writing in a diary (which by the way I did guess this correctly).  The author does a great job of giving you a trail of bread crumbs to get to the answer while occasionally a little bit of a red herring mixed in.

Written in an easy to read style and moving along at decent pace, I really never wanted to put this one down.  This is my first read by the author and I have plans to read her previous books. If you like suspenseful mysteries, you need to add this to your TBR.

About the book

Anna and Peter desperately need to escape London for a fresh start. And they’ve found just the place: a perfect house on a perfect street in a perfect new development on the Scottish coast. But before they’ve even unpacked, they discover that the community they’ve moved into might be keeping secrets of its own…

Eager to fit in, Anna and Peter spend their first evening with their new neighbours, a couple who turn up on their doorstep to welcome them with open arms. But when Anna pops over the next morning to thank them for their hospitality, there’s no answer. The house is bare and unoccupied, and the neighbours have vanished without a trace. What’s more, everybody else on the street is convinced that no one ever lived there at all.

As she battles a growing obsession with the mystery, Anna finds herself becoming increasingly paranoid. She thought she’d escaped her own troubled past, but as the truth catches up with her, life starts to unravel. Maybe she’s not the only resident of The Street with something to hide…

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