Book Review for THE NEW NEIGHBORS by Simon Lelic
THE NEW NEIGHBORS by Simon Lelic
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A smartly revealed domestic suspense novel with twists, misdirection, and heavy social issues.
THE NEW NEIGHBORS will give you a story packed tension, emotion, and lies. Lelic brings to light the effects of abuse without exploiting the issue. He has manages to not only explore the pain and suffering these girls/women go through, but also he addresses how each person is shaped by their experiences.
Throughout the story, the reader is given two perspectives. At times, I felt as if the two narrators, Jack and Syd, were giving two different accounts of what lead up to the murder. It is this misdirection and playing with the reader's perception of what was going on that made the book so good. Personally, I don't like a cut and dry murder. I love the dark twisty paths that people can take, and THE NEW NEIGHBORS has quite a few of those.
The reveal of what exactly was going on and the overall vibe of the book was thoroughly enjoyable to me. I delved into this world that Lelic created only to be brought out the other side satisfied with the way the tale ended.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
The perfect couple. The perfect house. The perfect crime.
Londoners Jack and Syd found their dream home: lots of space, a great location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.
Everything is exactly what they hoped for when they move in--except Jack makes a disturbing discovery in the attic, and Syd begins to wonder about the girl next door. And they each keep the other in the dark.
Because someone has just been killed outside their back door, and now the police are watching them.
This is their chance to prove they're innocent--or to get away with murder.
Whose story do you believe?
About the Author: Simon Lelic was born in 1976 and has worked as a journalist in the UK and currently runs his own business in Brighton, England, where he lives with his wife and two sons.
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Berkley (April 10, 2018)
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