Those People Next Door by Kia Abdullah

Those People Next Door highlights the different forms of racism and prejudices in this compulsively readable thriller.


Salma, her husband Bil, and their son Zain have recently moved to a new neighbourhood. They attend a neighbourhood party, and everything seems to be going well enough. That is until Zain’s anti-racist flag starts triggering the neighbours, leading them to acts of passive aggression. The situation quickly spirals out of control.

Review of Those People Next Door

This intense neighbourhood thriller has multiple POVs.

Abdullah examines the many forms that racism and prejudice can take.

The author’s writing style is very engaging and near unputdownable. This is the second book I’ve read of hers, and it was just as gripping. She strikes a nice balance between characterization and moving the plot along.

There are twists upon twists. However, one of the final reveals was a bit of a letdown. It seemed to come out of nowhere.

But except for that gripe, the rest of the book was amazing.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Expected Publication: 14 March 2023

Thank you to HQ for providing an arc via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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One thought on “Those People Next Door by Kia Abdullah

  1. I don’t normally read thrillers, esp those domestic “house next door” ones, but the racism element adds a twist I’d be interested in – and looking at her back catalogue there are some great-looking ones there, as well.

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