THOSE PEO­PLE

DRUM - - CHILL OUT - – NATALIE CAVERNELIS

BY LOUISE CANDLISH (SI­MON & SCHUSTER) R389*

Ev­ery­one at some point has had to deal with a neigh­bour is­sue but the go­ings-on in Low­land Way in Lon­don are next level.

The story starts with a death then jumps back eight weeks to the ar­rival of me­chanic Dar­ren and his part­ner Jodie to the quiet, tree-lined street that prides it­self on its up­mar­ket air and re­spectable neigh­bourly re­la­tions.

Dar­ren in­her­its the house from his late aunt Jean, starts noisy ren­o­va­tions, blasts metal mu­sic at all hours and starts run­ning a sec­ond-hand car busi­ness from home.

The neigh­bours com­plain on their What­sApp and Face­book groups, en­cour­ag­ing ev­ery­one to do some­thing about “those peo­ple”. Ev­ery­one be­haves badly and as tem­pers fray and lines are crossed, some­one dies.

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