Tuesday intro: The People at Number Nine by Felicity Everett

Once again I’m linking up again with Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea who hosts a post every Tuesday for people to share the first chapter / paragraph of the book they are reading, or thinking of reading soon. In really enjoy these tasters when I read them on other blogs so wanted to join in.

This week, I’m reading The People at Number Nine by Felicity Everett, which it felt like I was seeing everywhere not so long ago and really peaked my interest.   Here’s what it’s about…

32600066Have you met them yet, the new couple?

When Gav and Lou move into the house next door, Sara spends days plucking up courage to say hello. The neighbours are glamorous, chaotic and just a little eccentric. They make the rest of Sara’s street seem dull by comparison.

When the hand of friendship is extended, Sara is delighted and flattered. Incredibly, Gav and Lou seem to see something in Sara and Neil that they admire too. In no time at all, the two couples are soulmates, sharing suppers, bottles of red wine and childcare, laughing and trading stories and secrets late into the night in one another’s houses.

And the more time Sara spends with Gav and Lou, the more she longs to make changes in her own life. But those changes will come at a price. Soon Gav and Lou will be asking things they’ve no right to ask of their neighbours, with shattering consequences for all of them…

And here’s how it starts…

Sara’s gaze drifted toward the window.  It was dark outside now, and she could see her own reflection superimposed like a hologram on the house across the road. Their curtains were half-closed but the cold blue flicker of the TV could just be seen.  She imagined Gavin lounging in the Eames chair with a glass of red, Lou lolling barefoot on the sofa. They might be watching an art-house movie together – or perhaps just slumming it with Saturday night telly. It was all too easy to conjure – the flea-bitten heath rug, the aroma of Pinot Noir mingled with woodsmoke. Even after everything that had happened, the scene still had allure.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?



  1. I’ve read this one and liked it well enough. Will be interested in hearing what you think about it when you finish. 😉

    1. Well enough sounds like it might not be a five star? I will let you know what I think. X

  2. I recently downloaded this book, and hope to read it soon. There is something a little creepy about how Sara is so seemingly obsessed with these new neighbors….but at the same time, I can understand the pull.

    Thanks for sharing…and here’s mine: “MISS YOU”

    1. I know what you mean, the glamorous neighbours next door must be appealing.

  3. Well that’s quite an intro! I get a sense of how Sara sees them and I definitely want to know what it is that happened!

    1. I thought it was good too. I kind of have an idea from reviews I’ve read but I need to know more.

  4. It certainly is a strong start – yes… I want to know what exactly is going on. I hope you enjoy this one, Emma:)

    1. So far, so good. I hope it can continue in this vein,

  5. I’d like to read this book. Even the blurb sounds mysterious. Enjoy.

    1. So far, it’s coming along nicely and am really enjoying it,

  6. I’ve seen “The People at Number Nine” around a lot too! Interesting that she is watching them. Stalking them? LOL plus good imagery. So, Yup I think I would read more!

    1. I have to say so far, she is just a little sad to me, not a stalker but I feel I’m at the tipping point.

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