The Neighbour

Author: Gemma Rogers
Publisher: Boldwood Books
Date Published: January 5, 2023

You know what they say – if it seems too good….

When Shelley’s mom dies after a long bout with dementia, Shelley is so happy to find a 6-month lease on a decent house on Beech Close in a great school catchment area. But when she gets a chance to meet the neighbors at a party thrown in her honor, she starts to get those “creepy” vibes. These are not her people! But one of the neighbors, Amber, has established a good rapport with her daughter, and another neighbor, Niamh has made it her job to introduce Shelley around the Close. She also gets sparks every time to she talks to Remy, whose mom lives next door, but Valerie (his mom) is quite nasty toward her (and her dog).

What I liked:
Shelley – she is kind, taking care of her mom for years, and now helping out anyone on her cul-de-sac who needs it. I loved the relationship between her and her daughter.
Josh – her best friend, who offers great advice and is always there for her.
The last 20% of the book – where the pace really picked up.
The gothic vibe I got reading this.

What I wasn’t crazy about:
Remy – although he took care of his mom, he didn’t seem like a nice guy.
Constant references to dog duties – taking Teddy out for a “wee”, taking Teddy to the park, walking Teddy around the beech tree, feeding Teddy. Every. Single. Day.

This book builds the mystery slowly but surely and leaves you some breadcrumbs along the way. It was a quick, enjoyable read, and you might know the author from some of her previous books: The Feud, The Secret, The Teacher, etc.

Thanks to NetGalley, Boldwood Books, and Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to participate in this #blogtour!

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