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3.0 out of 5 stars A Suburban Nightmare?, 26 Aug 2012
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I had hopes for this book, reading the blurb it sounded like something that was meaty and a cracking read. In Creekside, a town in Kansas, Andrew Morrison is moving in with an old schoolfriend, who he hasn't seen or spoken to in some time. On a lovely street which seems like an idyll Andrew finds that his friend lives in the only ramshackle house, derelict and looking like it will soon fall down. With the perfect house next door, and the ideal neighbours, things aren't necessarily as they seem.

Where this story starts to unravel though is in that it is so predictable, you know what will happen next, there is no thoughtful engagement between you and the book, it is as simple as 1+1=2. Although well written enough there is nothing to push this above countless other crime fiction/ thrillers, and so you do feel a tad underwhelmed, and in places you have to wonder if it is that believable. To a certain extent suspense has been pushed aside to give you instead 'flashbacks' into the characters' pasts. A quite quick read this is something to sit with in the garden or on the beach, where you are just looking for something to read that is easy and doesn't take much thought.
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2012 20:30:16 BDT
S Riaz says:
I thought about getting this, but thanks to your review will give it a miss.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2012 13:49:18 BDT
M. Dowden says:
I read the blurb and it sounded really good. I think it may be because the author usually writes supernatural/horror, and this is her first time at a more crime style novel.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Aug 2012 20:08:28 BDT
S Riaz says:
Probably a good thing, I have so many vine books still to read!
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