Book Review: The Killer Next Door by: Alex Marwood

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date: October 28, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: A taut new psychological thriller from the Edgar Award nominated author of The Wicked Girls

Alex Marwood’s debut novel, The Wicked Girls, earned her lavish praise from the likes of Stephen King, Laura Lippman, and Erin Kelly, and was shortlisted for an 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?

Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be renting rooms in a dodgy old 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.

Review: The residents of 23 Beulah Grove all have something to hide, renting rooms in a decrepit house from a nasty and lecherous landlord with his own secrets. The six people who live there mostly leave each other alone to their own devices, but one humid night, a horrible accident will bring them together. However, there are some secrets which cannot be shared…for there is a killer who lives at 23 Beulah Grove and the next victim has already been selected. THE KILLER NEXT DOOR is a book leads the reader through to the unusual ending by the connections which will be formed to the different characters. THE KILLER NEXT DOOR builds on the characters’ reactions to the situations in which they found themselves. The author has a way of getting the reader into the characters’ heads with exquisitely tight writing and dynamic character building. Each character has their own set of sad circumstances which has led them to 23 Beulah Grove and I loved the interplay between them while they start to uncover the truth about the people who they live with. THE KILLER NEXT DOOR is a fascinating book which I definitely recommend.


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