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MY REVIEW OF ‘THE NEW NEIGHBORS ” By Simon Lelic      Berkley Publishers April, 2018

“The New Neighbors” by Simon Lelic is a dark, intense, nerve-wracking novel to read before you go to sleep.  The Genres for this novel  are Mystery, Suspense, Psychological Thriller, and Fiction. The timeline of the story vacillates between the past and present as it pertains to the characters and events in the story.

The  characters in this story are complicated, complex, dysfunctional, pathological and could be suspect.  This has the feel of  Twilight Zone and an Alfred Hitchcock movie. There are twists and turns, and this has a ghostly chiller feel.

When  Jack and Syd get the almost perfect house that they were sure they never could afford it was hard to believe. The person who the house had belonged to seemed to have very questionable choices of decor and accessories. The noises in the house at night seem very strange. When Jack gets out of bed to see what it going on, Syd tells him when he touched her face, his hands were so cold. Only, Jack hadn’t touched her face.

As Jack is up in the attic he discovers something that is very frightening. He doesn’t want to alarm Syd who gets upset very easily. Both Syd and Jack come from dysfunctional families and trust is very hard for Sid.

The young girl and father that live across from them seem to have very dark secrets. Syd befriends the girl with disastrous consequences.  Some of the neighbors are quirky.  Syd can relate to the young girl and her problems.

Unfortunately, there is a dead body found outside in their alley that has been stabbed 17 times. Who is suspect? Will someone get away with murder?

Simon Lelic writes about dark secrets, dark pasts, betrayal and trust. I would recommend this book for any reader that enjoys a psychological thriller, and a suspenseful mystery. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.

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