Book review: The people at number 9 by Felicity Everett


Sara and Neil are a conservative and sensible couple that play by the rules.  They have 2 young sons, an organised home and steady jobs.

Life is pleasant if not a little predictable.

Gav and Lou are new to the neighbourhood and have just moved in next door to Sara and Neil. Gav is an artist and Lou is involved in film directing. They are relaxed, make their own rules and if they seem a little lazy, Sara believes it just adds to their charm.

Meeting Lou one afternoon and hearing her share a personal story makes Sara want to know more about her mysterious neighbour. As time goes by the two couples become friends and spend more time together. Sara’s old friendships fade away as she makes space in her life and schedule for this new couple and their young family.

Sara is so in awe by her new friends that she starts questioning her own life. What she once found appealing now seems dull.  And the more time she spends with Lou and Gav the more changes she feels she must make.

I found this book enjoyable in the sense that the reader feels like an invisible viewer the entire time.  Watching an unhealthy friendship unfold and grow more disturbing with each chapter made it difficult to put down.


6 Comments on “Book review: The people at number 9 by Felicity Everett

  1. Oooh, this sounds very relevant in terms of how we all live now a days, comparing lives and situations to others on FB and Instagram. Was this a thriller? It seems like it could get pretty obsessive and creepy by the end!


    • I thought it would be more of a thriller (not sure if you’ve read The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish) but it wasn’t. It is told from one character (Sara) who is drawn in by her new neighbours and seems willing to do anything for them. The reader can see things she doesn’t – her need to be accepted and liked by her new friends takes over.
      I don’t want to spoil it but there is a twist in the end that I didn’t see coming.


  2. Oh this sounds like a great read – I will have to look out for it at the library 🙂


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