Those People Next Door

By Kia Abdullah

‘Terrific and hugely thought-provoking’ Ian Rankin

‘One of my ten best reads of the year. Easy five stars’ Lisa Jewell

* Waterstones Thriller of the Month – August 2023 *

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You can choose your house. Not your neighbours.

Salma Khatun is extremely hopeful about Blenheim, the safe suburban development to which she, her husband and their son have just moved. Their family needs a fresh start, and Blenheim feels like the right place.

Shortly after they move in, Salma spots her neighbour, Tom Hutton, ripping out the anti-racist banner in their front garden. Choosing not to confront Tom, Salma takes the banner inside and puts it in her window. But the next morning she wakes up to find her window smeared with paint.

This time she does confront Tom, and the battle lines between the two families are drawn. As things begin to escalate and the stakes become higher, it’s clear that a reckoning is coming… And someone is going to get hurt.

A gripping thriller about nightmare neighbours, Those People Next Door explores the loss of innocence and how far we’d go to defend ourselves and the people we love.

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Readers are GRIPPED by Those People Next Door

‘Impossible to put down’ Reader review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘An incredibility evocative, intense, and impactful book’ Reader review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A powerfully impactful and thought-provoking thriller’ Reader review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Kia Abdullah smashed all my expectations with this relentlessly gripping thriller that held me in its thrall from first page to last’ Reader review, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Format: ebook
Release Date: 19 Jan 2023
Pages: None
ISBN: 978-0-00-843370-3
Kia Abdullah is a bestselling author and travel writer. Her novels include Take It Back, a Guardian and Telegraph thriller of the year; Truth Be Told, which was shortlisted for the Diverse Book Awards; and Next of Kin, which was longlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger Award. Kia has also been selected for The Times Crime Club.Kia has written for The New York Times, the Guardian, the Financial Times, The Times and the BBC, and is the founder of Asian Booklist, a non-profit that advocates for diversity in publishing and helps readers discover new books by British Asian authors.For more information about Kia and her writing, visit her website at, or follow her at @KiaAbdullah on Instagram and Twitter.

Praise for Those People Next Door -

”'Those People Next Door is intelligent, clever, poignant, sharp, and thought-provoking, right through to the perfect final line. Another sure hit for Kia Abdullah, I loved it and can't wait to see what comes next’” - Andrea Mara, Sunday Times bestselling author of All Her Fault

”'A rollercoaster ride of a toxic tale of neighbours from hell. Brilliantly pacey and wonderfully written with a lovely big twist. Highly recommended” - Neil Lancaster, bestselling author of Dead Man’s Grave

”'I was utterly addicted to Those People Next Door. It’s a stunning, thought-provoking and morally challenging read. It was so vivid and will make readers question their own values and viewpoints all in the context of a world-class story” - Graham Bartlett, author of Bad For Good

”'This powerful social drama about racism and microaggression in today’s society is a must-read” - Prima

‘A tense, clever tale about the seething underbelly of a picture-perfect suburban town’Country and Town House -

”'If Jane Austen were alive, she would not be writing about zombies but the sorts of novels that Kia Abdullah does” - The Times (Thriller of the Month)

”'A thought-provoking thriller with the addition of a gripping courtroom drama, and more than one surprising twist along the way. Highly recommended!” - Peterborough Telegraph

”'Creates an important dialogue about the communities we live in and the importance of frank discussions about race in the UK” - PA Media