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What a clever, entertaining read this was Some gory scenes, so not for the faint hearted I just saw that I forgot to review this, oops Now that some time as passed, this review is going to begeneric than most, as I can barely remember what I had to eat last night let alone all the intricate details to this wicked thriller.The plot revolves around the tenants that reside in a run down boarding house All strangers who are forced to interact, even when they are trying their best to hide f What a clever, entertaining read this was Some gory scenes, so not for the faint hearted I just saw that I forgot to review this, oops Now that some time as passed, this review is going to begeneric than most, as I can barely remember what I had to eat last night let alone all the intricate details to this wicked thriller.The plot revolves around the tenants that reside in a run down boarding house All strangers who are forced to interact, even when they are trying their best to hide from the world Strangers who have secrets some sad, and some that are terrifying.What unfolds in this house, and to these characters is nothing short of brilliant Each story line is seamlessly woven together, slowly building up to the grand finale that truly left me giddy It s a creepy read, but so fun to read it all unfold Highly recommend this thriller if you take some bloody scenes They truly do add to the whole experience of how crazy this book is This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life.This was a little different than I thought it would be based on the title I saw this audiobook while it was on sale at Audible recently and decided to buy it largely because of the title and the narrator I thought that it would be a book completely focused on the killer alluded to in the title That s not exactly what the book was It s focus was not just on the killer but the entire building s tenants Everything came together in the end a This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life.This was a little different than I thought it would be based on the title I saw this audiobook while it was on sale at Audible recently and decided to buy it largely because of the title and the narrator I thought that it would be a book completely focused on the killer alluded to in the title That s not exactly what the book was It s focus was not just on the killer but the entire building s tenants Everything came together in the end and I did enjoy the story.There are a lot of characters that make up this story Each of these people have their own story to tell and as the book unfolds we do learn quite a bit about them This group of individuals havethan their fair share of problems I loved how they became close to each other as things happened The friendships that developed felt very real.Of course, there were a couple of characters that were anything but lovable The landlord was a piece of work that made my skin crawl anytime we took a peek at his thoughts Then there is the killer These sections were actually some of my favorite in the story but I tend to like stories that are rather gruesome but not all readers will enjoy those parts as much as I did.I thought the narrator did a fabulous job There are a lot of characters to keep straight in this book and they do spend a lot of time interacting with each other The narrator was able to use distinctive voices for each character and seamlessly switched back and forth I never had any difficulty keeping track of who was who in the story I do think that I liked this story a bitbecause I chose the audio format The narrator really brought a lot to the story.I would recommend this audiobook to others I think that the strong characters and the mystery of the killer worked well together in this story This is the first book by Alex Marwood that I have read but I plan to look for her work in the future.Initial ThoughtsI liked this one but I didn t love it The narration was great but the story seemed unfocused at times Everything did come together in the end but I wasn t sure it would This is one of those books that I liked some segments muchthan others Originally posted on The Book NymphoQuick summaryThe story centers around the tenants at 34 Beulah Road outside of London One of them is a serial killer, referred to as The Lover What s bizarre is that no one even knows the women he s abducted and killed are missing, let alone there being a murderer in their midst What I enjoyed Each tenant has their own circumstances that make this an interesting book Their backstories are told from each person s perspective, some heartbreaking and other Originally posted on The Book NymphoQuick summaryThe story centers around the tenants at 34 Beulah Road outside of London One of them is a serial killer, referred to as The Lover What s bizarre is that no one even knows the women he s abducted and killed are missing, let alone there being a murderer in their midst What I enjoyed Each tenant has their own circumstances that make this an interesting book Their backstories are told from each person s perspective, some heartbreaking and others chilling It s easy to eliminate many of them early on but there are a few that are highly suspect and will keep you guessing Warningyou also get The Lover s introspection, including his rather gruesome analysis of the bodies he s preserving in his apartment I ve a high tolerance for the macabre but I hit my limit here NarrationThe narrator does an excellent job of storytelling, building tension in the right places and tugging your heartstrings when it was appropriate My only criticism is with her portrayal of some of the men where it was almost comical However, she was so good in all other respects I adjusted fairly quickly The bottom lineI really liked this book, which initially had a slow start but grew on me after a short while At first, I didn t even think I was liking the characters but that changes, too, because of the author s skillful characterizations Coupled with the talent of the narrator, it made for a very satisfying reading experience with an ending that left me smiling I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review Rating 4 StarsI had so much fun with this book This was my first audiobook experience so it could have went either way When I first heard the narrator changing her voice to suit the various characters including an old lady, a Middle Eastern man, and a 15 year old girl brimming with attitude I honestly didn t know what to think I ended up loving it The narrator was great I recall on a handful of occasions laughing out loud, or saying something like Oh no he didn t I noticed myself ta Rating 4 StarsI had so much fun with this book This was my first audiobook experience so it could have went either way When I first heard the narrator changing her voice to suit the various characters including an old lady, a Middle Eastern man, and a 15 year old girl brimming with attitude I honestly didn t know what to think I ended up loving it The narrator was great I recall on a handful of occasions laughing out loud, or saying something like Oh no he didn t I noticed myself taking the long way home in order to continue listening to the book.The PlotSo the storyline centers around a group of individuals living in the same building All of them have stories, something to hide and one of them is a killer Collette Lisa has been on the run from her gangster ex boss for 3 years and has only moved to Beluah Grove in London because her mother is sick and dying and she wanted to be closer to her for the end She meets an old lady named Vesta, who has lived in the basement flat her whole life, an Iraqi man her own age, seeking asylum in London, a quiet, hermit like man, Gerard Bright, who listens to classical music at the loudest possible volume, a 15 year old girl who is on the run from social services, and Thomas, the man in the attic, the overly friendly but awkward guy with a perpetual smile on his face This cast of characters make for a fun read The narrator does an amazing job bringing them to life with her voice One of these tenants is The Lover , a lonely individual who kills women, and keeps their corpses in the home for companionship attempting to use the methods of the Egyptians to keep the bodies in the best shape possible, to ward off putrefaction and decay But Who is he My ThoughtsAs I said above, this a very enjoyable book The characters were lively and fun to get to know Everyone had a story and was so very relatable The narrator was fantastic I highly recommend this book, in particular the audio What can I say except after readingThe Wicked Girls,which was just amazing,The Killer Next Doorwas a huge disappointment I had such a hard time reading this novel as I found it quite mundane my interest kept wavering I almost gave up a few times but I trudged on, and on, and on Even the characters were lackadaisical The killer was of course screwed in the head, but even he came across as a bore What really bugged me was the way the story was written all from third person, and all What can I say except after readingThe Wicked Girls,which was just amazing,The Killer Next Doorwas a huge disappointment I had such a hard time reading this novel as I found it quite mundane my interest kept wavering I almost gave up a few times but I trudged on, and on, and on Even the characters were lackadaisical The killer was of course screwed in the head, but even he came across as a bore What really bugged me was the way the story was written all from third person, and all over the place I had to reread paragraphs just to figure out whose POV I was reading, which became confusing at times when it switched to a narrative While a good plot, none of it flowed smoothly In the end, a really long and boring story that fell flat Now if you really want to read something so intriguing and suspenseful, I highly recommend the author s first novel,The Wicked GirlsIt s brilliant This novel begins with one of the residents of a boarding house being interviewed about a crime which has taken place there so the fact that there is, literally, a killer next door, is not a plot spoiler However, this is muchthan a thriller or a crime novel it is a slice of London life and a story of the anonymity of the city Having revealed that one of the bedsits of the Victorian house in Beulah Grove have contained a murderer, the story slips back in time to reveal the inhabitants This novel begins with one of the residents of a boarding house being interviewed about a crime which has taken place there so the fact that there is, literally, a killer next door, is not a plot spoiler However, this is muchthan a thriller or a crime novel it is a slice of London life and a story of the anonymity of the city Having revealed that one of the bedsits of the Victorian house in Beulah Grove have contained a murderer, the story slips back in time to reveal the inhabitants and what happened to bring us to this point.There is sitting tenant, elderly Vesta Collins, music teacher Gerard Bright, part time worker Thomas Dunbar, Cher, a teenage runaway from the care system, asylum seeker Hossein Zanjani and the new addition to the house, Collette Collette is on the run from some very unfriendly people, clutching a bag of stolen money and looking over her shoulder as she attempts to remain anonymous However, the revolting landlord, Roy Preece, knows enough not to ask questions and is only interested in receiving his deposit in cash All his residents are hiding secrets or have slipped far enough in life that his threadbare rooms, devoid of creature comforts, are acceptable to them.This is an unusual, gripping and, strangely moving read about a group of people attempting to come to terms with lives that have led them to this lonely and, somewhat depressing, place Full of dark comedy as the crimes unfold and the residents attempt to cope with their own personal problems there is one image concerning the landlord that will take a long while to fade , this book encompasses themes of loneliness, alienation, a good old fashioned murder, gangsters and what makes a family Absolutely brilliant and highly recommended .Download E-pub ♟ The Killer Next Door ♎ Nohas a secret In this bedsit riddled south London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, something waits to be discovered Yet all six residents have something to hideCollette and Cher are on the run Thomas is a reluctant loner while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a quiet man nobody sees try to stay hidden And watching over them all is Vesta or so she thinks In the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the neighbours into an uneasy alliance But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victimAs a cloying heatwave suffocates the city, events build to an electrifying climax in this dark, original and irresistibly compelling thriller A rundown boarding house in London is home to jaded, toxic tenants and appalling secrets.As the characters lives crumble before our eyes, Marwood slowly reveals the hideous secret that gives this compelling book its title.One of the most chilling books I ve read in years. Sometimes you don t want to know your neighbors In this instance that is so true for at least five in this tenement of six That s because the odd person out happens to be a killer Of course the others don t know this yet They each have something to hide That makes them sound as sinister as the killer, which is not the case One is a recluse two or three are on the run, or hiding from the past and one has lived here all her life.That could make for a lot of stories, and therein lays part Sometimes you don t want to know your neighbors In this instance that is so true for at least five in this tenement of six That s because the odd person out happens to be a killer Of course the others don t know this yet They each have something to hide That makes them sound as sinister as the killer, which is not the case One is a recluse two or three are on the run, or hiding from the past and one has lived here all her life.That could make for a lot of stories, and therein lays part of the problem Turns out there is a lead character within the six plus one I forget to include the landlord, Roy and what a piece of work he is The leads name is Collette nope, not her real name , and yet I didn t get the feel for a main character, or a continuity of direction until approaching the half way mark That s because the chapters alternate between each person, so that we get a feel for each of them, and by then I realized that this is the story It s the story of the problems they face, which hardly even includes the killer Oh the killer is in here, he s just kind of a sideline, or that s the way it felt for me anyway One circumstance brings them all together about mid book It gets a little garish and things getinteresting.To summarize, I thought this would be about a lunatic knocking off his victims one by one Turned out it wasn t, view spoiler excepting the end hide spoiler I still liked it No reason for hate here, because as it went, I found the characters interested me, and the plot was semi solid Brilliant Twists TurnsAlex Marwood who had critically acclaimed word of mouth success with The Wicked Girls has written another brilliant thriller which I am positive will also be critically acclaimed, The Killer Next Door This is a brilliant second thriller which covers all the bases for a psychological thriller of the highest order.Collette who has been on the run from her villainous ex boss whom she happened to steal a large quantity of money from has been chased all over Europe and is try Brilliant Twists TurnsAlex Marwood who had critically acclaimed word of mouth success with The Wicked Girls has written another brilliant thriller which I am positive will also be critically acclaimed, The Killer Next Door This is a brilliant second thriller which covers all the bases for a psychological thriller of the highest order.Collette who has been on the run from her villainous ex boss whom she happened to steal a large quantity of money from has been chased all over Europe and is trying to lay low without being found again She is being hunted by the police and her ex boss who always seem to be able to catch up with her and it is not until the end of the book we find out how, is seeking somewhere in London to disappear and she finds it She finds number 23 Northbourne, south London, which is a dark and dismal bedsit house presided over by an overweight money grabbing lecherous landlord.What we learn throughout the novel is that this property has six residents all with something to hide who will end up depending on each other to cover up an accident they cannot report to the police for fear of those secrets coming out What we do learn is that one of the residents is a killer who has a penchant for mummifying the corpses and sitting with them after making them up Vesta who has lived in the house all her life and believes she knows everything that is going on in it, but that will change soon enough for her.It would be Cher the underage children homes escapee that finally opens up the house to examination at the cost of her own freedom The book starts with her and ends when she does another bunk from a Liverpool Children s Home this time with a happy ending It is everything in between that makes you stop and think, as the killer is slowly unmasked to the reader and he is always looking for new victims amongst the female house residents.While the body count does climb all in the midst of a heatwave that is suffocating the people of London, the residents of 23 Northbourne who are in their very own suffocating situation What will happen next is what keeps you turning the page, all the blood and possible gore is set at a thrilling pace and to use the oldest clich of The Killer Next Door being a fantastic page turner This is a book that you will value the time to read as secrets are revealed even when you wonder if Collette is wrong for not going to the police to help her There are so many twists and turns and a fantastic pace this is destined to be a bestseller and no doubt very soon a screen near you