Friday, April 13, 2018

REVIEW of The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic

(Berkley Trade Paperback; April 10, 2018; $16.00)

The Girl Before meets The Couple Next Door in an utterly satisfying Hitchcockian story about a couple who moves into their dream neighborhood only to discover nothing is as it seems...

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.

A mistake.

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?

My Thoughts…

The New Neighbors is written in a unique style.    The chapters are in alternating points of view.     Jack and Sydney share the responsibility of telling their story.    The unique part is they respond to one another.    Jack writes first, Sydney responds to what he writes.    Sydney writes, Jack responds to what Sydney writes.     I have never read a book in this style and I loved it.   

I loved how much the reader gets to learn about Jack and Sydney but would have loved to have more information about the secondary characters.    I felt like there was more of a story to tell with them.   That being said I liked the story.   I was able to connect to the main characters; I felt their fear for their future, their fear for what was happening in their new house.    

Simon Lelix managed to write a psychological thriller with a haunted house twist that I enjoyed reading.   I recommend picking up your own copy.

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“An intricate, powerful, and deeply unsettling thriller about the profound ways in which cruelty can change its survivors, and the creeping fear that nothing—not your home, not love, not even your own mind—is as rock-solid and impregnable as we all want to believe.”—Tana French, New York Times bestselling author

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