Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, First Chapter/Intros, originally hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea and now hosted by I’d Rather Be at the Beach; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by The Purple Booker.
Today’s feature is a book I’ve had for a while: The People at Number 9, by Felicity Everett: Envy. Longing. Betrayal.
Intro: Sara’s gaze drifted toward the window. It was dark outside now, and she could see her own reflection superimposed like a hologram on the house across the road. Their curtains were half-closed but the cold blue flicker of the TV could just be seen. She imagined Gavin lounging in the Eames chair with a glass of red, Lou lolling barefoot on the sofa. They might be watching an art-house movie together—or perhaps just slumming it with Saturday night telly. It was all too easy to conjure—the flea-bitten hearth rug, the aroma of Pinot Noir mingled with woodsmoke. Even after everything that had happened, the scene still had its allure.
Teaser: The house had a neglected air on their return, as though they had been away for longer than a weekend. Junk mail had rained onto the doormat, dust had gathered in the corners, the light bulb on the landing had blown. (73%).
Synopsis: Have you met the new neighbors?
Sara and Neil have new neighbors in their street. Glamorous and chaotic, Gavin and Louise make Sara’s life seem dull. As the two couples become friends, sharing suppers, red wine and childcare, it seems a perfect couples-match. But the more Sara sees of Gav and Lou, the more she longs to change her own life. But those changes will come at a price.
What do you think? Would you want to read more? Get to know these neighbors?