Book review: The Girl Next Door


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Synopsis: Perfect mother. Perfect wife. Jane Goodwin has spent years building her picture-perfect life in the quiet town of Ashdon.

So when the girl next door, sixteen-year-old Clare Edwards, is found murdered, Jane knows she must first protect her family.

Every marriage has a few white lies and hers is no exception. Jane’s worked hard to cover up her dark secret from all those years ago – and she’ll do anything to keep it hidden…

How did this book end up in my hands? I have read this book via an online serialisation by The Pigeonhole.

Was it a page-turner? Absolutely. Every day of the serialisation, I would eagerly wait for the daily instalment only for it to be over too quickly. I don’t think I’m a particularly fast reader but I couldn’t get enough of this novel!

Having read the synopsis, did the book meet my expectations? The synopsis is adequately creepy but the novel itself is even more chilling. Expectations were definitely exceeded.

Did I like the ending? [no spoilers] I am not a terrible human being so I should say that I don’t condone the ending… but I wouldn’t have wanted the novel to end any differently.

Three words to describe it. Suspenseful. Twisted. Clever.

Do I like the cover? Yes, very much.

Have I read any other books by the same author? No, and I look forward to.

Will I be recommending this book? A big yes to this question. I loved how this novel kept me guessing and proved me wrong every time I was sure I had understood everything! It’s a fast-paced novel that will capture your whole attention and, who knows, will make you look at your neighbours in a new way!

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