The House Across the Street
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?
Praised by the Daily Mail as ‘storytelling at its very best’, by Sunday Express as ‘evocative, compelling, told from the heart’, by Woman & Home as, ‘glorious, heartwarming’ and by Closer as ‘intriguing, heart-tugging, beautifully written’, Lesley Pearce’s The House Across the Street is an enthralling new novel.