Louise Candlish is the bestselling author of twelve novels. Her thriller Our House was a number one bestseller in paperback, ebook and audiobook and is shortlisted for a 2019 British Book Award – Crime & Thriller Book of the Year. It has been optioned for TV by Death in Paradise producers Red Planet Pictures, and was picked as a Book of the Year 2018 by the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Real Simple, the Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Sunday Express, Red and Heat. Louise lives in London with her family.
Your latest book, Those People is described as a twisty domestic suspense about the dark side of suburbia. Can you tell us a bit more about the book?
It’s a cautionary tale about bad neighbours. The residents of Lowland Way are very happy with their street (and quite pleased with themselves generally), when two invaders, Darren and Jodie, move in on the corner and start behaving appallingly. Polite complaints escalate very quickly to more chilling solutions.
What inspired the idea behind this novel?
I was noticing a lot of news stories about neighbourhood vendettas and decided to dig a bit deeper. I had a bad neighbour myself a few years ago and so I understood the strangely heightened emotions that get stirred when your home life is threatened.
What do you hope the reader will take away from this book?
I’m hoping readers will reassess as they go as to just who ‘those people’ might be. My message in this book is that we’re all equal and deserving of living freely and airing our preferences. An opinion isn’t worth more because it has a wealthier owner. I also hope the reader will have been royally entertained.
What’s your daily writing routine like and what are you working on at the moment?
If I’m writing, I’ll start at about 8.30 and go on until I’m bored or restless. With a deadline looming, I work whenever I can, there is no routine. The deadline for my next book is coming up soon so I’m at that stage. There’s a lot of fear and confusion!
Do you know your neighbours? If so, everything okay?
I love this question! I do know them and, yes, it’s fine. My bad neighbour has moved on. Mind you, my neighbours haven’t read Those People yet – I’m considering telling them publication has been postponed!