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The Killer Next Door Paperback – 5 Dec 2013

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (5 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075155068X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751550689
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,392,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Taut, assured and reminiscent of Ruth Rendell's psychological novels, Marwood's second book more than lives up to the promise shown in her splendid debut, The Wicked Girls (Guradian)

Having read it and devoured every page, I really wish I'd written it! It was cleverly plotted and pacy, with all the storylines thundering towards a final, gripping conclusion. I loved it (Elizabeth Haynes on The Wicked Girls)

The Wicked Girls is utterly compelling. It's psychologically rich, complex and masterfully plotted. I couldn't put it down, even when I sensed it was taking me somewhere very dark indeed. I can't wait to see what Alex Marwood comes up with next (Jojo Moyes)

The best thriller I've read since Sister. Taut, gritty and utterly compelling (Lisa Jewell on The Wicked Girls)

Dark, twisty and full of good surprises and insights. Marwood has delivered a compelling debut crime novel (Daily Mail)

This incredible story will play on your mind. Two weeks after I read it, I can't stop thinking about it. The book of the year (The Sun on The Wicked Girls)

I devoured The Wicked Girls over one weekend and loved it. I held my breath during the last few chapters (Erin Kelly)

Brilliantly taut psychological thriller. One of the best debuts of 2012 (Bella)

If you like dark, twisted stories, I recommend this . . . A thumping good read (Jenny Eclair on The Wicked Girls)

Genuinely disturbing and emotionally unsettling, The Wicked Girls is irresistible (Val McDermid)

A thriller that will have you compulsively flipping pages well into the small hours (Australian Women's Weekly)

Utterly gripping; Marwood's ability to show the sinister side of everyday life is unparalleled (Jenny Colgan)

Both brilliantly dark and dazzlingly funny, this is crime writing at its best (Lisa Jewell)

Taut and suspenseful with vivid and compelling characters (Sunday Canberra Times)

A plot reminiscent of Ruth Rendell at her best (Adelaide Advertiser)

Marwood has turned out not just a spooky, blood-and-guts thriller, but a cannily observant novel that exposes social fissures while delivering a modicum of hope (The Boston Globe)

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The electrifying new thriller from the author of the Edgar-Award winning sensation The Wicked Girls, Alex Marwood.

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I was lucky enough to obtain a proof copy of The Killer Next Door. Having relished Marwood's debut thriller The Wicked Girls, I had high hopes for The Killer Next Door. I was not disappointed. The strength in Marwood's writing lies in her understanding of human nature and her wonderful ability to bring a character springing to life off the page with all their wonders, failings and sometimes revolting glory.

Set in present day London in a grimy, crumbling large Victorian bedsit. This book goes behind the grubby facade and unravels what is really going on at number 23. The house holds many secrets, some horrifying some surprisingly heartwarming. I particularly loved young Cher the scouse teenager and Vesta the lady in her late sixties who has been resident at number 23 far longer than she should have been but becomes the one person they can all turn to.

Roy Preece the repulsive landlord is a creation of sheer genius, I reveled in every last revolting detail, you will both laugh and squirm as Marwood graphically describes this dreadful man.

As with the Wicked Girls the story never tires, the pace never lets up and you are never sure of the reveal until the very last page and there is a fine meshing of story lines concluding in an ending that is both satisfying and surprising.

If you are a fan of Ruth Rendell's alter ego Barbara Vine, you will love this book. I guarantee once you have read The Killer Next Door you will never look at bedsit suburbia in the same light. What lurks behind the door of number 23.....well you have to buy this book to find out. A cracker of a thriller five stars.
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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 much more than 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. I received a copy of this book from the publishers, via NetGalley, for review.
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I enjoy a good crime thriller. I'm not keen on gratuitous description of violent acts. That said, The Killer Next Door is not for those of faint heart; there are some stomach churning moments. Alex Marwood creates a real sense of revulsion and fear as events unfold at a London bedsit. Each room has a story. None are particularly happy and the great strength of the book lies with each of the characters whose lives converge and transgress.

Totally nailed are the misfits and dispossessed, regardless of age and gender. There's a whole slice of Social Service and bedsit land life here. Who really knows what goes on behind closed doors? I was, I turn, reviled and compelled by both events and descriptions. It's a thin line for an author wanting to explore the darker psyches. How to depict stark reality, maintain character and plot credibility and keep the reader engaged? I have a strong stomach for detail and this took me to the edge. A multi layered plot, with a serial killer in the midst, a pervy landlord, others both hunted and haunted by the past.

This book explores some truly dark themes, the underbelly of life in the back streets by those with something to hide. Alluding to real life crime and sensationalist stories that feature daily in the tabloid press, Alex Marwood's skill with words takes the tale into a different dimension. There are elements of farce in some scenes which lighten the mood without taking it into the absurd. Clever and skilful, this story had an almost tangible grip. I raced to the end with a dual sense of relief and disappointment. Superb storytelling that sets the pulse racing.

Thanks to Little, Brown Group UK for a review copy via Netgalley.
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