September 18, 2023

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The Street By Susi Holliday Is A Wicked, Twisted Puzzle Of A Thriller

The Street By Susi Holliday-Summary

The Street By Susi Holliday Read By Imogen Church (Audiobook) Goodreads Summary (Review Below): 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 neighbors, 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 neighbors 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 By Susi Holliday-Review

What a ride! This will be one of those hard reviews because the less you know going in, the better. So, I’m going to keep this short and to the point. But I loved The Street so wholly; it will be hard.

Susi Holliday’s The Street is among the best thrillers I’ve read recently. It is twisted and snarky all at once. The Street’s plot premise is unique, not just in the premise but in how Susi Holliday structures it. She provides multiple flashbacks, told from different points of view. The thing is, it is not that cut and dry. It quickly becomes apparent that there are deep connections between the alternating points of view and the timelines. Good luck making those connections. A thousand times, I thought I’d figured it out, just to realize that I hadn’t.

Susi Holliday deserves heaps of praise for making The Street work. It is such a complex plot that it could have quickly become convoluted. It was especially true considering the hidden identities, the multitude of connections to be made, and the large number of characters. However, that is never the case. Susi Holliday weaves everything together, maintaining consistency and continuity, even when you don’t have the foggiest clue where it is all going.

ReviewThank you to Brilliance Audio for the advanced audio copy

Susi Holliday shows off her writing chops, encompassing many voices and styles. Innernaratives range from snarky…

His wife was perfectly content, wasn’t she? And maybe a bit of fun with Lars might not be a bad thing… A fling with a people trafficing, drug barron might be just the thing. He almost laughed at the absurdity.

…to the darkly disturbing.

 I’ve even stopped killing the flies. I know that most people don’t care about flies. You get those electric things in kitcens to fy them to death, or those sticky strips to trap their wings, and there’s that horrible toxic spray that’s probably responsible for a lot more damage to humans than anyone has ever looked into. But that’s more about pest control, I suppose. It’s different if you kill them for fun… I used to catch them in a jar and leave it next to a light. A light to watch them buzzing around manically bashing against the glass, desperate to get to the light. It took quite a while for them to die. Their small bodies twitching at the bottom of the jar for a while until the oxygeon ran out.

And then everything in between.

It is the neighborhood thriller that isn’t quite a neighborhood thriller. However, I won’t say more on that for fear of giving too much away. Outside of the summary, go in blind, and you won’t be disappointed.

The Street By Susi Holliday- Characters

Ok. This is going to be very brief. Let’s simply say that there are a variety of personalities, and they are all written expertly. They are compelling and thought-out. You often know something is bubbling just beneath the surface of each character, and The Street, as a whole, but you won’t know what. And that keeps the suspense gaining momentum till the end.

And the app that you will come to read about? It is a personality all its own.

The Street By Susi Holliday- Audiobook

Ok. I’m not going to lie. I saw that Imogen Church was narrating The Street, which was a large part of why I requested it from Brilliance Audio. And, per usual, she kills it. This book has so many different voices and things she couldn’t let slip in her narration. Also, the complexity of the story and interlocking pieces? The inner narration that runs from snarky to disturbing? Oh, Imogen Church, you narrating goddess!!! If you listen to audiobooks at all? I suggest you listen to this one.

The only other thing I can say?

Susi Holliday

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