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The Perfect Neighbours: A gripping psychological crime suspense thriller with an ending you won’t see coming Kindle Edition
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‘Dark, claustrophobic and suffused with a creeping sense of menace, The Perfect Neighbours builds to a shocking climax. I thoroughly enjoyed it’ Alex Lake, bestselling author of After Anna
‘An escalating sense of foreboding … Sargeant certainly makes the plot twists almost impossible to second guess, but for the merest passing details, keeping the reader turning the page’ Lincolnshire Life
‘An original, gripping thriller that is both unnerving and shocking in equal measure. I was immediately drawn into the strange, claustrophobic neighbourhood and Rachel Sargeant creates a thrilling sense of foreboding throughout’ Phoebe Morgan, author of The Doll House
‘A gripping tale of dark secrets and domestic lies’ Sam Hepburn, author of Her Perfect Life
‘Builds from a creeping sense of unease to a jaw-dropping climax and a denouement I defy anyone to see coming’ Chris Curran, author of Her Deadly Secret
‘From the very first page I knew I was assured of a fluffing good read from an author I can’t wait to hear from again’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews
‘A riveting, twist-packed thriller that had me hooked from the first page’ Nicki’s Life of Crime
‘A chilling and cryptic novel, proving just how difficult it is to truly know someone, inside out’ Pretty Little Books--This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Rachel Sargeant grew up in Lincolnshire. She spent several years living in Germany where she taught English and she now lives in Gloucestershire with her husband and children. She is a previous winner of Writing Magazine’s Crime Short Story competition, and her writing has appeared in My Weekly. She has published three novels and her most recent, The Perfect Neighbours, became a top ten Kindle bestseller.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
From the Publisher
- File Size : 1333 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 333 pages
- Publisher : One More Chapter (15 Dec. 2017)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B074M2VJ3P
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: 37,523 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I notice Amazon have it listed under adventure, which is, frankly, misleading. With adventure, I expect something which is fast-paced, rattling along like a train and/or offering a sense of the great outdoors and possibly a quest. The Perfect Neighbours doesn’t meet that definition at all. But that isn’t a criticism – just an observation about how it’s classified on Amazon.
Far from being instantly fast-paced, the book is a slow-burn, and that is essential. As the novel progresses, we are steadily introduced to the cast of characters as the heroine, Helen, tries to settle into an ex-pat community in Germany. The setting is unusual, both the country and the community linked to a school, and that adds to the sense of unsettlement. There are aspects of the setting and characters – and their behaviours – that jar at times, leaving the reader with an uneasiness which acts to underline how Helen must be feeling as she struggles to settle into her new environment.
With a lot of psychological thrillers (which is probably how this should be categorised), the nature of what is really happening and who is behind it all is supposed to be difficult to guess. I say supposed, because it doesn’t always work out that way), but I was completely in the dark with this until the very end. The Perfect Neighbours was an atmospheric read that I’m delighted to recommend. And I’m grateful for that chance meeting.
Helen feels like something weird is going on and would rather avoid the neighbors all together, but needs to socialize with them as her husband considers them friends, for some reason unknown to her. They are weird and shady and not all that like-able. Mixed with neighborhood stuff is the German Sascha whom they all seem to hate, but no one cares to explain why to Helen. Something must have happened to start the hatred.
In between the chapters of Helen in prison and Helen just having moved to Germany we read short chapters about Fiona. It’s not until the end of the book that we can connect all the dots and understand the purpose of these chapters.
This novel had a lot of promise. The scope is drastically cut down when some of the neighbours are killed. It is hard to tell which direction the story is going. Part of the novel is narrated by the mysterious Fiona. Who is she, and what link does she have?
A very average story, in which drastic revelations come from nowhere. Clues should have been dropped in.