The New Home – ARC Book Review

The New Home: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a jaw-dropping twist by [Chris Merritt]

You never know what’s happening behind closed doors…

Freya loves her new home on a quiet suburban street. And her beautiful neighbour Emily is everything she’s ever wanted in a best friend. Finally, she has somebody to share her secrets with over a glass of wine. But as Freya watches her new friend setting the table for dinner one evening, she sees something shocking that makes her think that Emily’s life might not be as perfect as it seems. Days later, Emily and her daughter vanish…

When you meet Emily’s husband, you will think you know what he’s hiding.

You will ask yourself whether Emily and Freya really did meet by chance.

You will think you know what happened to Emily and her little girl the night they went missing.

But when you discover the truth, it will shake you to your core and you will lie awake at night wondering if you can ever really trust the people in the house next door…

Fans of Claire McGowan, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell will love the gripping tension and unexpected twists of The New Home. Once you start reading, you’ll be hooked!

No. of pages:- 302 pages

Publisher:- Bookouture

Date published:- will be published on September 7th 2021

Genre:- Psychological Thriller

Rating:- 4/5

After reading Detective Lockhart series by Chris Merrit which actually had me hooked, I was looking forward to read more of his books. The New Home is actually his standalone psychological thriller and I was super duper excited that I got this book!

Freya Northcort moves into their dream house with her fiance Jack, a cardiologist. She meets Emily and her daughter Thea along with her husband Michael who lives opposite their house. A month later, Emily and her daughter goes missing and Freya thinks Michael has something to do with the disappearance. As Freya becomes more and more embroiled in her own investigation, she is facing many threats, asking her to stay away from the investigation…

I think it was actually an enjoyable thriller to me. The story is mainly told from Freya’s point of view so at what point as a reader, you support her but when her mental history comes through, we wonder if she was delusional. Everyone seemed to be a viable suspect in this story–from Michael to even her own fiance, Jack. The writing was great, the author as usual doing a good job of drawing the reader into the story. The ending…was completely unexpected and what a twisted ending! Didn’t even realize that it would end in a bit dramatic way.

Overall, this book gave me a rollercoaster ride filled with unexpected twists and turns, guaranteed that you would stay up all night, trying to find out what the heck is going to happen next!

Many thanks to Netgalley and Bookouture for the ARC. The review is based on my honest opinion only.

Chris Merritt

Hello! I’m a British author whose crime thrillers combine psychology, suspense, and characters you care about.

All my novels are set in London, where I live. My first trilogy starred Zac Boateng and Kat Jones, two detectives motivated by family, who tackle organised crime and police corruption. LAST WITNESS, the second Boateng and Jones book, reached #13 in the UK Kindle chart in 2019.

My second series features detective Dan Lockhart – an ex-soldier with a missing wife – and psychologist Dr Lexi Green, an American living in London. These novels are darker, more psychological serial-killer cases, with romantic relationships as a central theme.

I began writing fiction in 2014, after previous careers as a diplomat, based in Iraq and Jerusalem, and later as a psychologist working with victims and perpetrators of crime. I specialised in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which sparked my interest in telling stories about how people cope when faced with extreme adversity.

Now, I spend most of my time writing novels and drinking coffee while *thinking* about writing novels. When I’m not writing, I love climbing and playing basketball.

You can find out more about my work at or follow me on Twitter @DrCJMerritt 

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