House Across the Street
Lesley Pearse

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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

Daily Mail

Praise for Lesley Pearse


A gripping new novel


The Hot List

Inside Soap

Evocative, compelling, told from the heart

Sunday Express

You'll be up all night trying to guess what comes next

Good Living

A gripping novel . . . will have you up all night guessing what happens next

My Weekly

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

Sunday Express

Must read

Saturday Express

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

The People's Friend

An evocative and nostalgic novel from one of the UK's most prolific, best-selling authors



Woman's Weekly



We highly recommend it!

People's Friend

Must-reads this month

Marie Claire

Glorious, heartwarming

Woman & Home

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

Daily Express

5 * * * * * Truly shocking

Fab New 5 Star Fiction, Heat

A deeply evocative read

Woman Magazine

Fab in Fiction feature

Woman's Way

A heartbreaking and intensely human story that twists, turns and grips from first page to last . . .

Lancashire Post

Gripping 60s novel