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Guest Review | The House Across the Street | Lesley Pearse

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We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts on The House Across the Street by Lesley Pearse.  This is Lesley Pearce’s 26th novel in her 25th anniversary year.

The House Across the Street Lesley Pearse

352 pages

Publisher: Michael Joseph (6 Sept. 2018)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0718189248

ISBN-13: 978-0718189242

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?

The House Across The Street by Lesley Pearse is published on 6th September in hardback by Michael Joseph priced £20.00. This year is Lesley’s 25th anniversary year in publishing.

The paperback publishes 2nd May 2019.


As an avid fan of Lesley Pearse I get quite excited to hear I can read an advanced copy of her latest novel and The House Across the Street is another gripping tale, which I couldn’t put down.

The House Across the Street is set in 1964 with Katy, a young girl full of character and a longing for excitement. A quiet childhood with a cold, distant mother sees Katy becoming entranced by her neighbour Gloria. A dress shop owner, noticed by her neighbours due to the amount of visitors to her door.

One night Katy is awoken by her mother screaming fire and sadly it is Gloria’s house. Katy and her friend Jilly decide to move to London as a tribute to Gloria, who was always questioning Katy about her decision to stay in Bexhill.

Her father is wrongly accused of murder and Katy, being headstrong decides to investigate into Gloria’s past to find the culprit.

In London she meets Charles at her new workplace and is excited about meeting up with him. Unfortunately she finds herself in trouble and it is up to Jilly and Charles to discover the secrets to Gloria’s past to be able to then save Katy.

Lesley Pearse has an astounding ability of writing endearing characters you can’t help but feel their every emotion. The storylines are shocking, the female protagonist has an emotional rollercoaster, beautifully written descriptions of different eras and there are plenty of twists to keep the pages turning.

I have absolutely adored every one of her novels so far, I think I have counted 22, so only a few more to go!

A wonderful story with themes of romance, friendship, family, secrets and courage. I was captivated with Katy and her determination to survive.


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Lesley PearceLesley Pearse was told as a child that she had too much imagination for her own good. When she grew up she worked her way through a number of jobs, including nanny, bunny girl, dressmaker and full-time mother, before, at the age of forty-nine, settling upon a career that would allow her gifts to blossom: she became a published writer.

Lesley lives in Devon and has three daughters and three grandchildren.


Connect with Lesley Pearse


Twitter @LesleyPearse



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Family comes first! I'm married with two son's in their 20's and have a little more time now to follow my passions. I love my role as an Inclusion Lead in KS2 and I'm passionate about early help. I'm a member of Bournemouth's Early Help Operational Board working alongside others to instigate change and growth. I'm also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for eight years at Jera's Jamboree.


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