Sunday, October 2, 2016

(84)The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood


Collette chose the rental house in South London because it looked like the kind of place that would have a landlord who wouldn't ask questions - and she was right.  Collette has been on the run for a few years after things went south at the night-club where she was working.  She inadvertently stole a lot of money from a very bad man and only one thing would bring her back to London.  Her mother is dying.  

The rundown apartment in South London is full of tenants who are on the run from something.  Hussein is a refugee, running from the horrors of his home country.  Sher is running from a horrible childhood, Gerald is running from a horrible mistake that ruined his career and his life.  And Thomas is trying to hide the biggest secret of all.  Vesta lives in the basement flat and has lived there her whole life.   For the most part,  they all have ignored each other, but one night there is a tragic accident that bonds them together.  All of them want to keep the accident a secret, but one of them uses the experience as a learning experience.  What lengths will he go to to keep his girls a secret?

This is my second book by Alex Marwood and I am convinced that she is one twisted lady.  The Killer Next Door is an absolutely twisted novel.  Collette is the main character and she is running for her life.  She has learned how to adapt as a woman on the run, constantly looking over her shoulder, and keeping to herself.  She lets her guard down by liking her new neighbors.  Vesta is a sweet old lady who is like a Gran to all of them and Collette can't help by like the feisty young Sher.  The author doesn't hold any punches when she writes about the gruesome parts of the book, and there are several.  From a rape to murder, it is all there.  Fair warning - it might not be your kind of book if you have a weak stomach.   CLICK HERE FOR SPOILERS   I was really pleased with the way the story ended.  I was most worried about what would happen to Sher, but the author did right by her.

Bottom line - The Killer Next Door is one of those novels that you have to stop reading and really contemplate if you want to go on - not because it is a bad novel, but because it is just that good.  The book is gritty and suspenseful and maybe even a little bit terrifying.  The perfect read if you are in that kind of mood.

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