Narrated By: Rosie Jones
Duration: 9 hours and 39 minutes
What to expect
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The House Across the Street by Lesley Pearse, read by Rosie Jones.
Twenty-three year old Katy Speed is fascinated by the house across the street. The woman who lives there, Gloria, is the most glamorous neighbour on the avenue, owning a fashionable dress shop in Bexhill-on-Sea. But who is the woman who arrives in the black car most Saturdays while Gloria is at work? Sometimes she brings women to the house, other times they have children.
Hilda, Katy's mother, disapproves of Gloria. She wonders if these mysterious visitors have just been released from prison. Is Gloria secretly bringing criminals, or worse, into the heart of the community?
Then one night, the house burns down. In the wreckage, the bodies of Gloria and her daughter are found. Katy is sure the unexplained visitors must be responsible until her father is arrested and charged with murder. Have the police arrested the correct person? Are the rest of the street safe? Can Katy find the truth before it's too late?
'Heart-warming and evocative, a real delight to read' Sun
'A narrative that gallops along, this is quintessential Pearse that will delight her army of readers' Daily Mail
'Glorious, heartwarming' Woman & Home
Historical fiction, Historical romance, Historical crime & mysteries, Generational sagas, Family life fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction, Narrative theme: Love & relationships
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Heart-warming and evocative, a real delight to read
A narrative that gallops along, this is quintessential Pearse that will delight her army of readers
Praise for Lesley Pearse
A gripping new novel
The Hot List
Evocative, compelling, told from the heart
You'll be up all night trying to guess what comes next
A gripping novel . . . will have you up all night guessing what happens next
Pearse has written another pacy novel, steeped in 1960s authenticity and driven by lovable - and love to hate - characters. But at the heart of the book lies a powerful message which stays with you long after you've finished reading
Lesley Pearse is on top form with her latest novel The House Across The Street
5 * * * * * A gripping read set in the 1960s. The story becomes a full-blown mystery that will leave Katy's life in danger, and the search for answers drives this engaging combination of thriller and drama
An evocative and nostalgic novel from one of the UK's most prolific, best-selling authors
We highly recommend it!
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Deservedly one of the world's favourite story tellers . . . You simply have to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next
Lesley Pearse brilliantly captures the era . . . Emotional and moving, The House Across The Street is storytelling at its best, filled with characters you will care passionately about
5 * * * * * Truly shocking
A deeply evocative read
Fab in Fiction feature
A heartbreaking and intensely human story that twists, turns and grips from first page to last . . .
Gripping 60s novel