Title: Home Sweet Home
Author: Nicole Trope
Publication Date: August 6, 2021
Page Count: 224
My rating: 3 1/2 stars
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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 Josh 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.
Home Sweet Home by Nicole Trope is a psychological thriller novel. The story in this one is told from multiple points of view as a hostage situation is unfolding in a quiet neighborhood.
One day on Hogarth Street neighbor Gladys notices that the house next door seems overly quiet. The West family consists of Katherine and John and their five year old twins who are never this quiet in the mornings. Gladys don’t want to interfere but she begins to keep an eye on their house.
Logan is beginning his day as a delivery driver when he pulls up to the quiet home on Hogarth Street. The box Logan takes to the door seems to be a computer and needs to be signed for so he patiently waits an answer at the door. When a lady does answer she refuses to open the door and seems off to Logan so as he goes about the rest of his day he can’t forget the home on Hogarth Street.
I have read a couple of other books by Nicole Trope so I figured once I picked this one up I would have trouble putting it down and sure enough that was the case yet again. This author just has a way of pulling you in and making those pages fly by. It seems though I always find something to nitpick when it comes to her thrillers with this time being that I found some of the twists to be a bit over the top. As much as I love some great twisty endings I don’t want them to be something that seems harder for it to really happen than picking winning lotto numbers. I think this one would probably have been a lot higher than my three and a half stars if only things weren’t forced together a bit too much in my mind.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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