Published by Berkley on April 10th 2018
Genres: Adult, Psychological, Mystery, Thriller
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What if your perfect home turned out to be the scene of the perfect crime?
Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.
So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake.
Because someone has just been murdered. Right outside their back door.
And now the police are watching them...
I was drawn to the story after reading the synopsis, buying a new home is a scary experience, but home buying experience took buying a house to a whole new level of scary. And Jack and Sydney are the young couple at the center of this creepy tale.
Jack and Syd were in the market to purchase a home, they’ve been saving some money but are new to the whole home buying scene. The house they end up buying was a steal, and you know the say, “if is sounds to good to be true, it probably is,” is the case here. It was bought under some pretty strange circumstances, but the whole excitement won out and they moved in. Cluttered mess and all. From the start had an uneasy feeling about the house, but of course Syd loved it, so he didn’t want to ruin her happiness. This house was seriously creepy though, the previous owner left all of belongings, pictures on the walls and even his birds. Yes, birds in cages. Nope, no thank you, I can furnish my own house and bring my own pets thank you very much.
Sid is a very complex character, her life wasn’t easy growing up, and even now she is somewhat closed off. It was interesting to get to know a little more abut her as the story went on, especially when she meets her teenage neighbor, Elsie. Syd can relate to her, and feels she can help her being that she is a situation that Syd knows all too well. Jack is supportive of Syd’s relationship with Elsie. But he always is when it came to Syd. He seemed to be a good guy and cared for Syd a lot. I did kinda feel bad for him when all the strange things started to happen in the house and he tried to handle it all by himself to spare Syd.
This is told in journal form from Jack and Syd, with some narrations from both as well. It chronicles the events that have occurred, from their points of view of what happened. It did take me a little bit to get use the journal format, but it was a great way to to see everything from both sides as it is unfolding, the feelings, the fear and anger and maybe their motives behind some of their actions.
This is a lot going on in this, the house itself is filled with mystery, strange smell and noises, and hidden treasure boxes. All the while, Jack and Syd life is spiraling, some pretty horrible people have come into their lives both from the past and the present bringing up past abuse, causing betrayals and seeking revenge. All of these things together were dark and twisted right up until the end. And what an ending too.
The New Neighbors was one those reads that send chills down your spine, and I am not going to be buying a house for a while now after reading this, just saying. It really was a great psychological thriller and one that will have you looking over your shoulder.
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