Book review: The Neighbour by Fiona Cummins

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Book review: The Neighbour by Fiona Cummins

The Neighbour by Fiona Cummins will keep you at the edge of your seat until the last page.

I love a good crime thriller and I couldn’t wait to turn the pages on The Neighbour. I’ll be honest, I expected another run of the mill story line and figuring out who the murderer is half-way through. Boy, was I wrong!

The Avenue in Essex is experiencing some reputational issues to say the least, more than one resident met their end at the hand of a murderer and the police is baffled. Victims were all found in the woods behind the street with their eyes missing and faces painted like dolls, hence the murderer’s nickname “The Doll-maker”. With no stab wounds, bullet holes or signs of being poisoned, the police has no ideas how the victims were killed, all they know is that the race is on, they need to catch the killer before anyone else is murdered.

The Neighbour is written unlike any other crime thriller I have read. Every couple of chapters is written from the killer’s perspective, they address the reader and explain themselves. It’s rather creepy, but effective! It keeps you wondering throughout the book who the murderer might be by offering clues and insight into their motives and mindset. At times I had hairs stand up on the back of my neck.

The Neighbour crime thriller

The book takes a couple of chapters to get into, but once you’re in, you’re hooked. Three-quarters through The Neigbour I had four murder suspects! It contains so many twists and turns that distract you, but it adds to the suspense and getting to know the well rounded characters.

If you like crime thrillers, you’ll enjoy The Neighbour, it makes for great weekend reading.

Anne Dolinschek
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