From a phenomenal new voice in suspense fiction comes a book that will forever change the way you look at the people closest to you…
Shadow Cove, Washington, is the kind of town everyone dreams about—quaint streets, lush forests, good neighbors. That’s what Sarah thinks as she settles into life with her new husband, Dr. Johnny McDonald. But all too soon she discovers an undercurrent of deception. And one October evening when Johnny is away, sudden tragedy destroys Sarah’s happiness.
Dazed and stricken with grief, she and Johnny begin to rebuild their shattered lives. As she picks up the pieces of her broken home, Sarah discovers a shocking secret that forces her to doubt everything she thought was true—about her neighbors, her friends, and even her marriage. With each stunning revelation, Sarah must ask herself, Can we ever really know the ones we love?
Kindle Edition, 195 pages
Published: September 1st 2015 by Lake Union Publishing
Three and a half stars: A quick thriller that makes you question how well you can truly know someone.
Sarah winds down for the night. She is missing her husband, Johnny, who is away at a business conference. Still it is a lovely, quiet summer night in her small cul-de-sac neighborhood in Shadow Cove. Sarah drifts off to sleep with her window open, bringing in the cool, summer night air. She wakes just after one in the morning to the smell of smoke. Her neighbor's house next door is in flames. Sarah can hear Mia,a four year old girl, crying in her room on the second floor. Sarah bursts into action, determined to save the little girl. During her rescue attempt, Sarah is knocked unconscious by burning debris. When she wakes, she learns the horrible aftermath of that night. As she tries to rebuild, Sarah uncovers some disturbing truths. Was the fire more than an accident? If so who would want to harm her neighbors and why? More troubling than that is the fact that her husband might have been unfaithful, leaving Sarah to ponder how well does she know her husband and her neighbors?
What I Liked:
- The Good Neighbor was one of those books that immediately sucked me in and kept me entertained until the end. This is a well done, suspenseful, mystery/thriller with lots of twists and turns that keep the reader constantly guessing up until the shocking and rather startling finale. I can honestly say, I didn't see that ending coming. If you like a quick paced thriller that will keep you turning the pages, this is one to grab. It is short and exciting, and you can read it in one sitting.
- I enjoyed all the suspense and mystery in this one. As Sarah delves further into the fire investigation she begins to find that some things don't quite add up, and the more she digs, the more questions arise that have her questioning her marriage as well as how well she knows her neighbors. I loved all the clues, and I liked trying to piece it all together. In the end, my conjectures were wrong, and I was caught completely off guard by the unmasking of the culprit. This is a book with plenty of red herrings, twists and one final jaw dropping turn that will leave you shocked.
- I liked the quick pace of this novel. Once you dive in, it gets going and moves along at a rapid pace, never letting up until the big reveal at the end. I was never bored, and I appreciated that the pace never faltered. This comes in at two hundred pages, so it is easily a book you can pick up and read in a couple of hours, perfect for a sunny summer afternoon.
- I enjoy a good psychological/ thriller and I appreciated that this one wasn't dark and disturbing. In fact, it was rather light and upbeat in comparison to others I have read. There is nothing that will haunt you after reading this one. So if you are one who likes your thrillers without gore and horror, this is a good one.
- The ending is quite a shocker. It moves at lightning speed and a lot happens in those final pages. I was truly stunned when the culprit was revealed, especially when the motives were laid out. I guarantee you won't guess "who done it" as you read this one.
And The Not So Much:
- Even though I loved that this book moved quickly, I was a bit disappointed that it didn't take time to explore certain things a bit further. For instance, I was wanting way more on the aftermath of the fire. I would have loved more description and discussion on the investigation, the details on that aspect were a bit scant for my taste. Furthermore, I would have loved to know more about the culprit's behavior, why they became fixated and how it all started. The explanation provided is so cursory. I wanted all the dirty details.
- There are two story lines that the author takes time to develop only to purposely leave both hanging at the end, leaving me to wonder is there more story coming? It was open ended, and I didn't like that I was left with a cliffhanger of sorts. No worries, the main mystery is all wrapped, it is two smaller story lines left undone.
- I liked the shocking conclusion and the big twist, but I have to admit, I thought it was a tiny bit unrealistic. I don't know, just my opinion, it works, but it stretched believability for me.
The Good Neighbor is a solid and entertaining thriller that had me riveted to the pages. I loved the rapid fire pace and the suspenseful story line. If you want a thriller on the lighter side that will keep you guessing until the finale, this is one to get. This was a book that I picked up and read in a couple of hours, it is perfect for beach reading or whenever you have an afternoon to while away. I would definitely recommend this for fans of mystery and thrillers.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.