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The House Share, by Kate Helm

September’s book club choice but only writing about it now…!
Immi and Dex are thrilled to be accepted into the exclusive Dye Factory luxury apartment building. There was a strict application and interview process but they both pass and are welcomed into the community. But something is amiss and no one is talking about it. Small incidents lead to devastating danger…
The House Share is a psychological thriller set in London in the present day (except the prologue).
Immi and Dex are two individuals looking for a fresh start. They are both hiding secrets and we are kept guessing about the nature of these until we approach the end of the book. The clasutrophobic atmosphere adds to the tension and makes the characters respond to events as best they can.
The book is written mostly from Immi and Dex’s first person narratives except for the prologue and epilogue. I know they are both desperate for somewhere to live but this place is insane! There are a host of housemates acting suspiciously and there is no way I would have stayed.
I enjoyed this book overall but had to suspend my disbelief as I did not find it realistic or credible at all. The final chapter gives the perpetrator’s perspective and gives us a better understanding of their motives but I think this could have been hinted at through anonymous chapters dotted through the narrative to better maintain interest and momentum.
The House Share is an entertaining and intriguing psychological thriller.

The House Share book cover

Seven housemates. Seven lies. Would you join . . . The House Share?
Immi thought she had found the perfect new home in central London: a shared warehouse with luxury accommodation, a rooftop terrace and daily yoga, all with a surprisingly affordable price tag. The Dye Factory is a ‘co-living’ community, designed to combat the loneliness of big city life.
But soon after she moves into her new haven, Immi realises that it’s not quite as idyllic as it appears. No one seems to know who is behind this multi-million pound urban experiment. And her housemates may be hiding a dangerous secret . . .
Then, as a series of pranks escalates into something much darker, Immi is left questioning whether, in this group of strangers, she can ever really be safe.
And when you’re sharing a house, you can’t always lock the danger out.


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