Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Release date: 6 June 2023
Back cover blurb: Their neighbours welcomed them with open arms. Now they’ve vanished without a trace. Anna and Peter desperately need to escape London for a fresh start. And they’ve found just the place: a perfect house on a perfect street in a perfect new development on the Scottish coast. But before they’ve even unpacked, they discover that the community they’ve moved into might be keeping secrets of its own… Eager to fit in, Anna and Peter spend their first evening with their new neighbours, a couple who turn up on their doorstep to welcome them with open arms. But when Anna pops over the next morning to thank them for their hospitality, there’s no answer. The house is bare and unoccupied, and the neighbours have vanished without a trace. What’s more, everybody else on the street is convinced that no one ever lived there at all. As she battles a growing obsession with the mystery, Anna finds herself becoming increasingly paranoid. She thought she’d escaped her own troubled past, but as the truth catches up with her, life starts to unravel. Maybe she’s not the only resident of The Street with something to hide…
The Street is sold to Anna and Peter as a 'perfect new development' on the Scottish coast. Beautiful houses with beautiful views, the address much more exclusive than anywhere either of them have ever lived before.
As a result they are nervous about moving in. Will their well heeled neighbours be standoffish, or will they welcome them with open arms?
They don't have to wait long to find out.
A couple appear the same day they move in, wanting to welcome them to the Street. An evening full of good food, good company and plenty of booze follows. When Anna wakes with a headache the following day, although cursing how much she drank the night before, she wants to thank the neighbours for being so welcoming.
But when she arrives on their doorstep, there is no answer, and when she looks through the window the house is mysteriously empty. As if no one ever lived there, or someone has just moved out. But that's surely not possible?
Even more mysterious, when Anna gets talking to the other neighbours they all deny knowledge of a couple living at the address, and are adamant that the property has been vacant for 'ages'. Anna doesn't believe them, but doesn't have any proof to the contrary.
Not for the first time, she wonders if her and Peter are safe on 'the Street'.
Anna is suspicious of everything, and everyone, and as we begin to learn a little bit about her past, we understand why. It's impossible for her to relax on the street, but is she just being paranoid, or does she have reason to be suspicious?
I couldn't possibly tell you, because you need to read this absolute gem for yourself. A thrilling read that will keep you guessing until the end.
The Street is available now via Amazon online and all good book shops.
Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.