The People at Number 9 by Felicity Everett

Setting: England
Genre: Women's Fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: August 8, 2017

When Gavin and Lou move into their neighborhood, Sara finds herself wishing she was more like them. Their somewhat bohemian ways really appeal to Sara. She longs for more excitement in her life. Gavin and Lou just moved back to England after years in Spain. They have great careers as artists.

Soon Sara and her husband, Nic, form a solid friendship with the couple. Sara's helping out with their kids, joining Gavin on morning walks to the school, and both couples gather regularly for wine and dinner. That friendship, however, may not end up being everything Sara imagined. Soon, she realizes that some friendships aren't always ideal.

Mixed feelings came into play with The People at Number 9. I wanted to like Sara, but the more involved she became with Lou and Gavin, the more I questioned how she couldn't see the truth right there in front of her face.

I never liked Lou or Gavin and that made it equally hard. From the start, I had a good sense of them and what they were going to be like. They're not my, as the saying goes, cup of tea.

The writing was solid, the setting reminded me a lot of my mom's hometown in England, but I never warmed up to the characters. In the end, I'd figured out how things would turn out long before the story ended and that made it an okay read but nothing that truly wowed me.


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