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The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic – @Simon_Lelic #bookreview

4.5 Dark and Twisted Stars ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ.5

What happens when you move into your dream home and things start going sideways and bump in the night? Full review below of this dark and twisted story… when things seem too good to be true, they usually are!

~ coming to a bookstore near you March 3 in the US ~

The New Neighbors

The New Neighborsย byย Simon Lelic


What if your perfect home turned out to be the scene of the perfect crime?

Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake.

Because someone has just been murdered. Right outside their back door.

And now the police are watching them…


4.5 Dark and Twisted Stars ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ.5

This book was originally titled โ€œThe Houseโ€œ I believe this is actually a more apt title…… this book is about Jack and Sid finding their dream house… a house really out of their price range…. yet unbelievably they get it….. at first they feel lucky although Jack is never quite sold on the house…. The house is also filled with all the possessions and furnishings of the previous owner… who moved to Australia and left his belongings behind…. at first they were having fun going through the former ownerโ€™s belongings…. having fun playing the vinyl records, but then they encounter a strange smell…. and then things go sideways and bump in the night…..

The beginning of this book is told very cleverly… Jack and Sid are co-authoring a manuscript to give to the police….. explaining all the events leading up to the discovery of a murdered neighbor in the alley behind their house…. I thought this was very effective you got a glimpse into both Sid and Jackโ€™s perspectives…. it was almost as though you were reading their journal or they were talking directly to you….. I found both Sid and Jackโ€™s characters quite interesting although I was always a little more sure that Jack was being honest…. Sid was a little bit more of a mystery…

Donโ€™t want to go too much into the plot just know it is full of twists and turns and quite dark…. there is also abuse, so if this is something that puts you off a book I would not recommend….

Something I found interesting is in the beginning I was thinking… is this a ghost story? Did I misread the blurb, I had read it many months ago…. then I read the authors notes at the end of the book and this book did in fact start off as a ghost story but then it took a turn…. Iโ€˜d classify this as a domestic thriller with a dab of psychological thriller thrown in…. so if you are a fan of either of these genres I would strongly recommend…..

*** thank you so much to the publisher and Net Galley for a copy of this book ***

Hope you give this book a chance! Berit ๐Ÿ’›