The Neighbour by Gemma Rogers @GemmaRogers79 @BoldwoodBooks @bookandtonic @rararesources

About the Book:

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?

About the Author:

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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My Review:

After Reckless. (renamed as The Teacher), I was very eager to review another Gemma Rogers book.

In The Neighbour, Shelly and her daughter Lauren have had a bad few years and want to make a fresh start. They move to beach close, the small cul-de-sac of six houses around a green. There’s a mixture of very well created characters, amongst them is Valerie. 

The writing is very well paced. Will Shelley and Lauren stay or go? Why did others leave the close? Not even Teddy their dog is as safe as they thought….

Is this the right place for a fresh start after all? 

The Neighbour will send shivers down your spine, as it did for me. Gemma Rogers has created an amazingly real yet creepy atmosphere. I started to question whether her neighbours were really trustworthy, just as she did.

I feared for hers, Lauren’s and Teddy’s safety. I even hoped Josh was trustworthy. I liked him, but the plot’s twists and turns were so clever it made me suspicious of everyone. There are likeable and unlikeable characters. Once the book starts, it reels you in and keeps you there.

The Neighbour is one to keep you up at night. 

Thanks to Gemma Rogers, Boldwood Books and Rachel’s Random Resources for my eARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.

5 stars

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