Review: The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic (Spoiler Free)

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Title: The New Neighbors

Author: Simon Lelic

Genre: Adult Thriller

Publication Date: April 10, 2018

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

The perfect couple. The perfect house. The perfect crime.

Londoners Jack and Syd found their dream home: lots of space, a great location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

Everything is exactly what they hoped for when they move in–except Jack makes a disturbing discovery in the attic, and Syd begins to wonder about the girl next door. And they each keep the other in the dark.

A mistake.

Because someone has just been killed outside their back door, and now the police are watching them.

This is their chance to prove they’re innocent–or to get away with murder.

Whose story do you believe?

This review is going to be pretty short and sweet, as I don’t want to give you too much more than what the synopsis gives. Trust me when I say that you want to go into this book as blind as possible.

I don’t dip into adult books often, but when I do, it’s usually because I’m seeking out a good thriller. Now, I’ve read a few good thrillers in the past, but there haven’t been many that really hit the spot for me, if you know what I mean. I wanted something twisted and creepy, but also nothing too convoluted and completely ridiculous. I’m happy to report that The New Neighbors delivered. I will say that there are moments where you’ll be left staring at the page wondering what the hell you just read, but it’ll be in the best way.

My favorite part of this book is the way that it’s written. Each chapter is a back and forth between the two main characters, Jack and Syd. However, it’s not in the way you’d think. I can’t really describe it in a way that gives the writing justice, so I urge you to experience it for yourself. It’s very easy to read, and the two perspectives are so different but also manage to come together in a crazy way. Also, Syd is honestly such a great character. I really liked her chapters.

The New Neighbors managed to thrill and surprise me, all while maintaining a decent pace. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.


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