The Killer Next Door

The Killer Next Door

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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"The Killer Next Door is even better [than The Wicked Girls]. Scary as hell. Great characters." —Stephen King
Winner of the Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel and nominated for the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original

Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didn't, they wouldn't be renting rooms in a sketchy South London building for cash—no credit check, no lease. It's the kind of place you end up when you you've run out of other options. The six residents mostly keep to themselves, but one unbearably hot summer night, a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance. What they don't know is that one of them is a killer. He's already chosen his next victim, and he'll do anything to protect his secret.
Alex Marwood's debut novel The Wicked Girls earned her lavish praise from the likes of Elizabeth Haynes, Laura Lippman, and Erin Kelly and received the Edgar Award. Now, Marwood's back with a brilliant, tightly paced thriller that will keep you up at night and make you ask yourself: just how well do you know your neighbors?
"Taut, assured and reminiscent of Ruth Rendell's psychological novels, Marwood's second book more than lives up to the promise shown in her splendid debut, The Wicked Girls." —The Guardian
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group


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Mar 08, 2017

Not bad. Some parts of the book were a bit lame and others were gruesome. I probably wouldn't recommend it or read any other books from this author.

Jan 07, 2016

LOVED this novel! Fast moving, hard to put down story. I felt moved by each character and appreciated this "mystery" from the perspective of the trapped, impoverished "perpetrators". I can't wait to read The Wicked Girls and hopefully see more from this author.

Aug 31, 2015

very hard to get into...very LONDON-y....if you aren't British or very familiar with the country and culture it is hard to understand.

May 30, 2015

The author is getting too of much of a free pass from professional reviewers (Stephen King appears to be under a contractual obligation to give a generic favorable quote for every one of her books!). Reeks of a much better PR effort than writing ability.

There is very little mystery, thrilling moments or horror (as opposed to revulsion to the content description) in the book. The characters muddle through like actors in a play with idiotic dialogue forced on them even in what should be tense moments. The twists appear very lame.

There isn't even consistency in characters. Cher, whose daily vocation is to shoplift and mug people pretending to solicit, has pangs of conscience in taking found money belonging to a dead man that has been tormenting her.

Not worth reading for anybody except those few women who relish stories of favorable/empowering endings for women characters despite vulnerabilities, however bad the story might be.

amliny Mar 03, 2015

Could not get pass the first chapter.

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