Book Reviews

The Woman Next Door – Cass Green

Neighbours… Everybody needs good neeeeeeeighbours…

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The Blurb

“Two suburban women. Two dark secrets. The almost perfect murder.

Everybody needs good neighbours…

Melissa and Hester have lived next door to each other for years. When Melissa’s daughter was younger, Hester was almost like a grandmother to her. But recently they haven’t been so close.

Hester has plans to change all that. It’s obvious to her that despite Melissa’s outwardly glamorous and successful life, she needs Hester’s help.

But taking help from Hester might not be such a good idea for a woman with as many secrets as Melissa…”

This one has been languishing on my kindle for a while after being bought in an Amazon-voucher-spending-frenzy a couple of YEARS ago according to my GoodReads account… I’m as shocked as you are.  Who knew my TBR pile was so OLD.

The story goes thus… Melissa is a yummy-mummy.  She has it all, the nails, the hair extensions, the beautiful home, the gorgeous TV-star husband.  But everything is not as it seems for poor Melissa.  She has a dark past (which to be honest, when her “dark-past” was revealed it wasn’t as bad as it could have been) and it’s coming back to haunt her.  Hester, the neighbour (who also has quite a dark past it turns out) is odd.  She’s a retired children’s nursery office manager and lives alone with her beloved dog Bertie following the death of her not-so-beloved husband.  Hester is some-what obsessed with Melissa (slight understatement).

There’s Been A Murder *Taggart Voice*

Following the return of Melissa’s ‘dark past’, Hester and Melissa are thrown together.  Melissa doesn’t want Hester’s help, but when you’ve cracked someone on the head and they’re dead on your kitchen floor I guess you’ll take whatever help is available.

The book is written chapter-about between Hester and Melissa.  I love books like this, you get a proper feel of what’s actually happening from the different points of view and can make up your own mind over who’s ‘wrong’ or ‘right’.  It’s of the twisty genre… along the lines of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and the like.  If you favour this type then you’ll enjoy The Woman Next Door.  I gave it 4-stars on Goodreads as it does have a good twist to the tail AND it’s been left open so there *could* be a sequel… 

Overall… I liked it!  It’s not going to change your life, but for an easy and enjoyable read it’s a goodie.

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