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The Neighbor by Joseph Souza @josephsouzafans @KensingtonBooks #BookReview #NewRelease

Happy Tuesday all! Wow this was quite the crazy ride of a book…Not a likable character in the entire book, however it was quite the compelling read….

The book is available today for purchase and you can find my complete review below…📚

The Neighbor

The Neighbor by Joseph Souza


It all seems so promising at the start . . .

When Leah and her husband, Clay, move from Seattle to Maine, she envisions a vibrant new neighborhood packed with families–playmates for her twins, new friends she can confide in and bond with. But while Clay works long hours to establish his brewery, Leah is left alone each day in a nearly deserted housing development where the only other occupants are aloof and standoffish.

Bored and adrift, Leah finds herself watching Clarissa and Russell Gaines next door, envying their stylishly decorated home and their university careers. But Leah’s obsession with the intriguing, elegant Clarissa grows until she’s not just spying from afar but sneaking into their house, taking small objects . . . reading Clarissa’s diary. It contains clues to a hidden turmoil Leah never guessed at–and a connection to a local college girl who’s disappeared.

The more Leah learns about Clarissa, the more questions emerge. Because behind every neighbor’s door there are secrets that could shatter lives forever . . .


4WTH Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Two houses… four adults… four extremely screwed up people…. I can’t remember a book with a group of more unlikable characters… with no morals or scruples or the capability to think things through…. I wanted to swoop in and take their kids out of this extremely unhealthy situation…. not sure how all these people had all this time for all the shenanigans when both couples had two kids? Going to be completely honest there were a lot of things that happened in this book that I’m not sure about… you really have to suspend belief quite a bit…. but these people really were so whacked out that it kept me so engrossed… that I just let some things go… and enjoyed the crazy ride!

This book also addressed the racial tensions in our country… not really sure if this was the ideal platform for this, but that’s not for me to judge…. and I’m not going to lie it did make me uncomfortable at times…. as someone who lives on the complete opposite side of the country in a very liberal Southern California I sometimes forget that there are still racial tensions… additionally I have absolutely no idea what the situation is like in the state of Maine…. I just know that where I live nobody would look twice if a mixed couple were dining at a restaurant, it probably wouldn’t even register with me at all…. I think this book would have been just fine without the discussion of race, but if that is something that will make you uncomfortable you are forewarned….

Now back to this crazy plot… first we have Leah… Leah is so bored with her life that she is breaking into her neighbors house taking items and reading her journal…. Leah here’s an idea talk to your 11-year-old son about what is going on with him, because believe me something is going on…. Clay you are a disaster, go check yourself into rehab or attend some AA meetings already…. Clarissa are you brillian and super manipulative or what… and you shocked me more than anybody…. WowwowWow….. Russell I don’t even know what to think, but anything you get you definitely deserve….

See what I’m saying a whole cluster of unlikable characters…. doing all kinds of things they shouldn’t be doing… but for me it worked, it kept me engrossed throughout the entire book… I just could not wait to see what was going to happen next!

Strongly recommend two fans of psychological thrillers… but be sure you are able to suspend belief for this one and enjoy the crazy ride…

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

Who are the people in your neighborhood??? Berit 💛