The House

Whose story do YOU believe?

Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake.

Because someone has just been murdered outside their back door.


Read an extract here.

Praise for The House

‘Hugely gripping and spooky as hell.’ — Mark Billlingham

‘An intricate and powerful thriller.’ — Tana French

‘Taught, tense and terrifying. I loved it.’ — Sharon Bolton

‘Prepared to be scared. The House is a gripping psychological thriller. Simon Lelic knows how to turn the screw.’ — Mari Hannah

‘This terrifying thriller sent shivers through me.’ — Jane Corry

‘A brilliantly tense and shocking thriller. I literally couldn’t put it down!’ — Nuala Ellwood

‘Brilliantly dark and gripping . . . Plays on the fundamental fear that the building blocks of our existence – home, relationships, family – may not be as secure as we like to think.’ — Thomas Mogford

‘Creepy and totally gripping. A real page-turner. I loved it.’ — Claire McGowan

‘An intriguing and suspenseful read.’ — Cath Staincliffe

‘Really creepy and clever. I loved it.’ — Julia Crouch

From the blogs:

‘Wow!! Words fail me . . . I loved this book, it is definitely one of my books of the year.’Cleopatra Loves Books

‘A perfectly-pitched novel . . . The author holds the reader in the palm of his hands throughout . . . This is Simon Lelic in fine form, proving yet again why he should be top of everyone’s must-read list of thriller writers . . . A very welcome return for one of Britain’s – if not the world’s – finest writers.’ — (5 out of 5) Reader Dad

The House is the kind of thriller I love – complex, a little bit creepy and peppered with twists and surprise to keep the reader guessing . . . A fast-paced, suspenseful and very entertaining read!’ — (5 out of 5) Snazzy Books

‘Wow, what an incredible psychological thriller . . . This book is definitely one for you to put on your reading list . . . One of the best psychological thrillers that I have read.’Hooked From Page One

‘As well as being a fantastic psychological thriller, this book is also as creepy as hell . . . brilliantly written with a fascinating narration style which kept me guessing right through to the end – absolutely chilling!’Have Books, Will Read

‘Brilliant . . . A dark and goosebump-inducing novel about family, harbouring secrets, and how far people will go to ensure you cannot escape.’The Book Babe

‘A gripping and easy-to-read thriller that grabbed me from the very first paragraph . . . well-written and full of tension.’The Misstery

‘Creepy and suspenseful . . . The author had me hooked straight away . . . The characterisation is great, as is the level of suspense and intrigue the author writes.’Book Drunk

‘Brilliantly twisty and gripping with a uniquely distinctive narrative, this taut and creepy tale is recommended by me if you fancy scaring yourself silly for a few hours!’Mychestnutreadingtree

‘Deliciously dark, imposing and totally engrossing.’ — (4.5 out of 5) Damppebbles

‘[A] really intense psychological thriller, filled with plenty of twists and turns . . . I strongly recommend reading it.’ — (9 out of 10) Book Inspector

‘With jaw-dropping cliffhangers at the end of almost every chapter, this is a book that you will not be able to put down.’ — (4 out of 5) The Book Magnet

‘A fantastically gripping read!’ — (4 out of 5) Chocolate ‘n’ Waffles

‘If you get the chance to read The House – grab it.’Grab This Book

‘I can honestly say that The House is one of the creepiest and disturbing books I’ve read this year! I highly recommend that you get hold of a copy.’ — (4 out of 5) The Flutterby Room

‘Gripping, complex, clever. Definitely recommended.’ — (4.5 out of 5) Alison Williams Writing

‘A thoroughly spooky tale . . . You might want to check that you’ve locked the door before you start reading.’ — (4 out of 5) United by Pop

‘Dark, twisted and utterly terrifying . . . An extremely compelling and addictive read.’ — (4 out of 5) Escapades of a Bookworm

‘I massively enjoyed The House and raced through it in a couple of evenings – I highly recommend giving it a read if you’re looking for a fast-paced thriller full of suspense.’Harry’s Book Club

The House is complex, creepy, full of surprises and definitely a book I would recommend if you like a twisted thriller.’The Book Review Cafe

‘OMFG, peeps! … I just could not put the damn book down! I had to keep reading! . . . Weirdly wonderful.’ — (4 out of 5) CrimeBookJunkie

‘Not all new novels live up to the entertaining and inventive hype which precedes their publication, but this one certainly does.’Fully Booked