A Compelling Read
The Neighbour by Gemma Rogers was a compulsive contemporary psychological suspense that gripped me from the start.
A cul de sac of six houses should be the ideal place to live – but no one expected the neighbour. Fresh from one nightmare situation and dropped into another. Can you guess what goes on behind closed doors?
We see the protective love of a mother for her daughter. They share a beautiful bond which extends to their little dog.
Other daughters, in contrast, have a more warped relationship with their mother.
Obsessions and a desire for love, all succeed in motivating a character for wrong. Secrets threatening to come to light, must be silenced at all costs.
The cul de sac is rather cliché and reminiscent of the stepford wives, where everything must be perfect on the surface.
We see the cruel disease that is Alzheimer’s and the way it robs personalities.
I enjoyed The Neighbour. It was a gripping read that consumed me from the start.
I received a free copy from Rachel’s Random Resources for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.
Love thy neighbour or fear thy neighbour?
For myself and Lauren, my 10-year-old daughter No3 Beech Close was to be our refuge after two years of hell nursing my sick mother.
In need of a fresh start and wanting to distance ourselves from the bad memories of my mother’s house we moved to Beech Close, a small cul-de-sac of six houses situated around a picture-perfect green.
It seemed perfect but I had underestimated the secrets that this tightknit community shared.
Within hours of moving in my next-door neighbour Valerie made it abundantly clear we were not welcome.
I soon discovered that Valerie hadn’t welcomed the previous occupant either and she’d since disappeared without a trace.
Had I put myself and my daughter in danger moving to Beech Close?
Which neighbours, if any could I trust?
And how far would they go to keep their secret?
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Gemma Rogers was inspired to write gritty thrillers by a traumatic event in her own life nearly twenty years ago. Her debut novel Stalker was published in September 2019 and marked the beginning of a new writing career. Gemma lives in West Sussex with her husband and two daughters.
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