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Christopher Ransom
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Book Description

7 July 2011


Mick and Amy Nash are an ordinary couple leading ordinary lives. And then, into the house next door move the Renders - beautiful, charming, perfect . . . and not at all what they pretend to be.


Too late Mick learns that something is deeply, darkly wrong with the neighbours. Who are these people? Where did they come from? And what are they hiding in the basement?


As death and darkness descend on the neighbourhood, only Mick can save his family and expose the horrifying truth about the people next door - a secret already hailed as the most electrifying twist ending in years.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751543802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751543803
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Christopher Ransom is the author of the international bestselling novels The Birthing House, The Haunting of James Hastings, and The People Next Door.

After studying literature at Colorado State University and managing an international business importing exotic reptiles, he worked at Entertainment Weekly magazine in New York, various now deceased technology firms in Los Angeles, and as a copywriter at Famous Footwear in Madison, Wisconsin.

Christopher now lives near his hometown of Boulder, Colorado.

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'Deliciously scary with the added element of a ghostly haunting... so many twists you'll be reeling at the end' --Toowoomba Chronicle

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The third novel from Christopher Ransom, author of the international bestsellers The Birthing House and The Haunting of James Hastings.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh. 3 Aug 2011
The front of this book boldly proclaims "You'll never guess their secret!, You'll never forget the twist!".


I had both figured out by a quarter of the way through. The book starts off promisingly enough, with some genuinely creepy moments as the stage is set. However, it soon becomes clear where all the did-I-really-see-those-things-coz-they-weren't-there-when-I-looked-back style plot devicse are heading. Once the diary entries show up the author may as well have planted a neon sign telling you the ending.

The best scenes are when the family in question stay out of sight and instead hover in the shadows as sinister shadows. Once they move to centre stage the impact is deflated by quite some way.

The main character and his family are difficult to empathise with. The shouting and yelling between husband and wife, which I assume to is meant to reflect the sinister influence of the family, is in fact irritating and comes across as soup opera like at times. The daughter and her visions could have been used more effectively and the teenaged son is just a moping pain in the arse. That said the father himself is an engaging hero who is trying to protect his family but, frustratingly, isn't used to his full potential.

Overall this is a decent enough novel with some good chills to be found and some good ideas tucked away in it, even if the author could have made more of them. It's the bold claims acrossthe front that let it down, over-hyping it and leaving the reader with the unavoidable anti-climax such proclamaitions always result in.

Not bad but by no means a must read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars sigh...... 27 Aug 2011
I just want a scary book! This one was very silly and the ending was just ridiculous. How does this stuff get published? I'm so depressed I can't even raise the energy to be funny about it, just boring and awful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars the people next door 18 Aug 2011
By janjan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
totaly agree with what others are saying ! no real brains needed here to work this out ! i,m a great lover of Koontz , King , Herbert, thinking i may have found another writer along the same wavelength i was very let down . Thin plot rubbish characters no ending .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I thought long and hard before buying this book having read 'The Birthing House' by this author and being hugely disappointed I had not read his second book but the book's cover assured me 'You will never guess their secret' and 'You will never forget the twist' so I decided I would give him another go. Could this redeem Ransom for me?? Sadly not. Yet again, the book promised much yet fell apart in a mish mash of American words,phrases and jargon which, rather than give the narrative authenticity merely grated and, after almost 500 pages the novel degenerated into a tepid vampire/zombie/who cares anyway ending.
There are moments of tension, the murderer of one victim is a surprise of sorts, but the 'unforgettable twist' just did not materialise for me. There just wasn't enough there-why and who ?? was something I kept asking myself throughout. Who were the Renders? Vampire hunters? What DID happen on the Island??? Nuclear/toxic waste is hinted at but never actually revealed. The final chapters describing a supposed 'World meltdown' were unconvincing. Much is mentioned of the various characters financial problems-so is this a worst case scenario novel for the effect of the worldwide financial slump? If this is Ransom's tilt at the current interest in 'Vampire Lit' it falls short for me. Good luck to him-he has some brilliant 'blurb' writers-but this is certainly the last time I'll be conned.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful 25 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not one to give up on a book halfway through but with this one I got to page 200 and couldn't bear to carry on. It actually started as a fairly decent story with lots of mystery surrounding the strange figures appearing next door but does drag into a quite bizarre and nonsense tale that you have to suspend your belief further than normal with this ridiculous tale. The writing style is a little hard to follow at times even though the story is fairly simple. The characters are all depressing and unlikeable and I felt that I just didn't care for them at all.

I've not read a Christopher Ransom book before and I won't be reading one again. I never got to find out what the "shocking twist ending" was but to be honest, I don't even care. The People Next Door is easily the worst book I have read this year. Avoid.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Jennifer TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Mike and Amy Nash are an ordinary couple getting along with their lives with their two children, Kyle and Briela, when into the house next door move the Renders - charming and perfect in every way it would appear, however, the Renders are not at all what they pretend to be.
Mick, a man well into the third year of what he has came to think of as a total life hangover, soon learns that something is very wrong with their new neighbours, something dark and sinister leaving him wondering exactly who the Renders are and where they have came from. But more importantly, what are they hiding in the basement?
As death and darkness descend on the neighbourhood, only Mick can save his family and expose the horrifying truth about the people next door.

After reading the blurb on the cover of this book telling me I will never forget their secret and I will never forget the twist, whilst also informing me this book will be the most terrifying, unforgettable novel I'll read all year, it is no wonder I was suitably intrigued and thought this would be a good read. The dark and creepy cover adding to the effect, promising that this book will live up to all you might expect and maybe more.
Sadly if ever there was proof needed that you should never judge a book by its cover, then here it is! For I found that 'The People Next Door' certainly did not live up to the hype. I was taken in by the cover and all the blurb, but it didn't take me long to realise that this book was certainly not what it seemed. Indeed it wasn't just the Render family in the story who weren't all they appeared to be...

To be fair, the book started off quite well. Keelie Kennerly is a young girl running away from home, to meet up with friends to begin what she believes will be a better life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars confusing
I started reading this book knowing it had very mixed reviews. After i had finished i knew why! I found the story quite confusing at times, and boring at other times. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sara1
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyed This - don't understand all the bad reviews
This is a very engaging and different novel. I have to say i really enjoyed it and some of these bad reviews are just far too harsh and very undeserved in my mind. Read more
Published 4 months ago by F. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars A good f read !
This book is a jolly good read. Enjoyed it enormously and cannot understand the poor reviews it has received previously.
Published 5 months ago by Joella
4.0 out of 5 stars A creepy story with a shocking twist.
'Mick woke up with a start,body trembling. He was staring at the floor, head hanging over the cot. He twisted over and sat up, rubbing his face,blinking to bring the room back into... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rebecca
2.0 out of 5 stars Unimpressed
I quite enjoyed one of Christopher Ransom's other books, The Haunting Of James Hastings, which I read on holiday, so once I got home I decided I would get another one of his books. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amy
1.0 out of 5 stars absolute rubbish
Don't waste your time or money - one of the worst books I have ever read!
Too predictable, very boring and terrible plot.
Published 7 months ago by Rebecca Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and damn right creepy
I decided to write this review due to the bad comments that are posted on here I happen to think this book is awesome and very creepy yes it is a bit obvious as to how its gonna... Read more
Published 13 months ago by LittleMissRock
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Amazing book. I felt like I was sitting on the edge of my seat reading it. You knew they were evil. You just didn't realise how evil. Brilliant author. Love all his books.
Published 16 months ago by June L. Reid
2.0 out of 5 stars Average
It was like a really bad t.v show that you have to watch just to see what happens, this book had the same effect on me. Read more
Published 17 months ago by avid reader
3.0 out of 5 stars the people next door
i did not get into this book until the last few chapters,wether i was slow to get what it was all about or wether it did not hit the right notes for me im not sure. Read more
Published 17 months ago by ruth1044
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