The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic

The New NeighborsThe New Neighbors by Simon Lelic
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jack and Syd are a young couple that have been house hunting for quite a while and slowly losing hope that they will ever find something perfect for them. Jack isn’t quite as excited over the latest showing that comes full of the previous owners cast offs but Syd is immediately taken with the property. When they agreed to put in an offer neither really thought it would accepted but now they find themselves moving into their new home.

After moving in the couple has their hands full trying to sort through the things left behind from the previous owner while trying to make the place their own. When Jack finds some shocking items among those left behind he decides to keep Syd from the discovering. Meanwhile, Syd has made a new friend in the neighborhood but before either of the couple know it there is a murder near their new home and the police are at their door.

The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic is a psychological thriller that is told from alternating points of view of the two main characters. The story starts out being told from each feeling as if it were diary entries as they try to explain what had happened to them after moving into their new home.

Starting off with a bit of a dark or creepy vibe I was half wondering if it wouldn’t turn into a ghost story of some sort so it definitely kept the pages turning to find out what would happen. After the story gets started it becomes clear that there is a theme of abuse being told so this one could probably of used a trigger warning as that may bother some readers.

In the end it was one that had plenty of twists and turns along the way to keep one guessing as to how the story would turn out. Those that are fans of psychological thrillers will probably enjoy this book and should give it a try.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via Edelweiss.


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