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Through The Wall Caroline Corcoran 4*#Review @cgcorcoran @AvonBooksUK #BlogTour #BookReview #Paperback #PsychologicalThriller #DomesticThriller #Neighbours #ThroughTheWall #noir

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Lexie’s got the perfect life. And someone else wants it…

Lexie loves her home. She feels safe and secure in it – and loved, thanks to her boyfriend Tom.

But recently, something’s not been quite right. A book out of place. A wardrobe door left open. A set of keys going missing…

Tom thinks Lexie’s going mad – but then, he’s away more often than he’s at home nowadays, so he wouldn’t understand.

Because Lexie isn’t losing it. She knows there’s someone out there watching her. And, deep down, she knows there’s nothing she can do to make them stop…

A dark women’s fiction novel with a universal hook about the anonymity of cities, the dangers of social media, and how we always need to be careful of strangers…

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I received a copy of this book from Avon Books UK in return for an honest review.

My Thoughts…

This book explores how isolated we all are. Even though, many of us live in overpopulated cities, how many people do we interact with face to face in a meaningful way?

Lexie and Harriet live next door to each other, Lexie lives with Tom and is desperately trying to get pregnant. Harriet lives alone, but often has noisy parties, Lexie never goes to. Both can hear muffled sounds of life through their apartment wall, and they both envy each other’s life to a degree. Told from both of the women’s points of view, a story of deceit, obsession and deteriorating mental health unfolds.

Harriet’s past life is gradually revealed and you realise what an unreliable protagonist she is. Her story is heartbreakingly sad, and as you understand what motivates her behaviour, the sense of menace and suspense builds.

Lexie is also in the grip of an obsession, she wants a baby to exclusion of all else, this puts a strain on her relationship with Tom, and makes her wonder what it would be like to be Harriet, someone she knows little about.

The story is slow-paced and detailed, and probably slightly longer than it needs to be, but the characters are complex, flawed and relatable, and the plot has many subtle twists. However, what you see, is actually what you get. Whilst this story lacks the big reveal, the delivery has a relentlessness about it, that makes you dread, what is going to happen next. You know it isn’t going to end well for someone.

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The Perfect Neighbours Rachel Sargeant 4* Review

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The perfect neighbours tell the perfect lies…

When Helen moves into an exciting new neighbourhood, she finds herself in a web of evil with no escape.

Behind the shutters lies a devastating secret…

When Helen moves abroad with her loving husband Gary, she can’t wait to meet her fellow expat teachers from the local International School. But her new start is about to become her worst nightmare…

As soon as the charming family across the way welcome Helen into their home, she begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. Then Gary starts to behave strangely, and a child goes missing, vanished without a trace.

When violence and tragedy strike, cracks appear in the community, and Helen realises her perfect neighbours are capable of almost anything… 

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My Thoughts…

So there are obvious parallels with ‘The Stepford Wives’ but only regarding the concept. 

‘The Perfect Neighbours’ is a character-driven story, which has detailed imagery and a well-researched setting.The plot is multi-layered with a backstory written in real time, which informs the reader and increases the suspense and dramatic irony.

The first chapter sets the scene for what is to come, Helen is in trouble, but we don’t know why. Chronological chapters trace Helen’s time in the German village, interspersed with a tragic story of a mystery character.  The story builds to an unprecedented tragedy, which has dangerous consequences for Helen and this dramatic mid story scene makes reading the slower chapters in the first half of the book worthwhile.

The characters, seen through Helen’s eyes are not likeable. Their outward friendliness is a thin veneer, which barely covers, their lies, deceit and abusive behaviour.

There are lots of twists, and the ending is not what you are led to believe. I did work out parts of the story, but there were still events that surprised me. Tragedy, when it strikes, is graphically written, so not for the squeamish but the violence is necessary for the story to progress. The pacing is slow at times, but again this gives the tragic events maximum impact when they occur.

 An exciting thriller, with a strange, chilling quality, which exposes the fragility of the human psyche and its capability for deceit.

I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse/ Killer Reads via NetGalley in return for an honest review.