The Neighbour
The gripping crime thriller of the year with a twist you’ll never see coming . . .FOR SALE: A lovely family home with good-sized garden and treehouse occupying a plot close to woodland. Perfect for kids, fitness enthusiasts, dog walkers . . . And, it seems, the perfect hunting ground for a serial killer. On a hot July day, Garrick and Olivia Lockwood and their two children move into 25 The Avenue looking for a fresh start. They arrive in the midst of a media frenzy: they’d heard about the local murders in the press, but Garrick was certain the killer would be caught and it would all be over in no time. Besides, they’d got the house at a steal and he was convinced he could flip it for a fortune.The neighbours seemed to be the very picture of community spirit. But everyone has secrets, and the residents in The Avenue are no exception.After six months on the case with no real leads, the most recent murder has turned DC Wildeve Stanton’s life upside down, and now she has her own motive for hunting down the killer – quickly.

The Neighbour Details

TitleThe Neighbour
Author
ReleaseApr 4th, 2019
PublisherMacmillan
ISBN-139781509876914
Rating
GenreThriller, Fiction, Mystery, Mystery Thriller

The Neighbour Review

  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    Fiona Cummins has established herself as a crime writer with strong elements of creepiness, menace and horror. All these elements are present in this standalone psychological thriller, set in Essex, where a serial killer, dubbed 'The Dollmaker' by the media, has claimed a fifth victim discovered in Blatches Wood, next to The Avenue. The police team are led by DCI Clive 'Mac' Mackie, under severe pressure and under the threat of being removed from the inquiry. With tensions growing in the team, t Fiona Cummins has established herself as a crime writer with strong elements of creepiness, menace and horror. All these elements are present in this standalone psychological thriller, set in Essex, where a serial killer, dubbed 'The Dollmaker' by the media, has claimed a fifth victim discovered in Blatches Wood, next to The Avenue. The police team are led by DCI Clive 'Mac' Mackie, under severe pressure and under the threat of being removed from the inquiry. With tensions growing in the team, the investigation has stalled and there are no fresh leads, and the latest victim is one of their own. DS Wildeve Stanton had a traumatic childhood and is struggling with grief and a devastating sense of loss with the latest tragedy, it has also fired inside her a strong motive and determination to chase down the killer, no matter what it costs.Garrick and Olivia Lockwood, and their two children, 9 year old Evan and teenager, Aster, are moving into 25 The Avenue, securing the house at a knockdown price, given that a serial killer lurks in the area. They are hoping to patch their marriage together after recent stresses, although there are festering and fraught emotions that threaten to spill over. The family are going to regret ever having moved to The Avenue, surrounded by neighbours with secrets, strange disappearances and deceptions. All the victims share the same MO, dressed with immaculate care, painted faces, with eyes removed and substituted with glass eyes, just like dolls. However, the police have failed to identify the direct cause of death, despite the cardiac arrest and respiratory failure. Young Evan is drawn to the treehouse in the garden, despite his mother forbidding him from going there. Aster is resentful at having to move and in seeking to belong, gets involved with a local group of boys. There are a host of suspects, including Trefor Lovell, who runs a doll shop on the street.Cummins gives us different timelines and insights into the killer's life and mind in this chilling read. There are numerous misdirections and twists, and a compelling police officer in DS Wildeve Stanton, with a strong personal drive to seek the truth and identify the killer. However, I must admit it took me a long time to immerse myself and emotionally engage in the story and the characters. In fact, it was only in the last 20 per cent that I finally invested in the book, finding it hugely gripping from that point on. Do not get me wrong, I was definitely interested in the unfolding tale, more than sufficiently to keep me reading. Fans of Fiona Cummins previous novels and those who enjoy chilling crime reads will enjoy this. Many thanks to Pan Macmillan for an ARC.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this was incredible! It's safe to say that Fiona Cummins upcoming novel The Neighbour has kicked my reading slump to the curb! Now, the question is, will it create a new reading slump in its place? ;) Highly recommended and full review to come once I process my thoughts. *Thanks Laura for sharing your ARC with me!
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first Fiona Cummins book. From the opening paragraph I was totally hooked and completely thrown headfirst into this chilling but compelling story!!The Lockwood family move to The Avenue on the coast of Essex. Garrick is an Architect and has bought the house for a real bargain, he plans to extend it and then sell at a later date to make a profit. There is a serial killer amongst the residents of The Avenue and there have been 5 victims so far. All of the neighbours seem to have their o This is my first Fiona Cummins book. From the opening paragraph I was totally hooked and completely thrown headfirst into this chilling but compelling story!!The Lockwood family move to The Avenue on the coast of Essex. Garrick is an Architect and has bought the house for a real bargain, he plans to extend it and then sell at a later date to make a profit. There is a serial killer amongst the residents of The Avenue and there have been 5 victims so far. All of the neighbours seem to have their own secrets and are all acting suspiciously. My favourite line “Nobody comes to The Avenue without death seeping through the gaps in their walls” Loved how the tension slowly builds, you have an insight into the neighbours lives where everyone seems guilty and everyone is watching each other. Amazing twist and the ending which I did not see coming. Made me take a good look around after reading this book, definitely shutting the curtains tonight just incase someone is watching!! A must read book that is creepy but 100% addictive. Do you ever know what goes on in you’re neighbours lives? Now that’s a thought!!Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review.
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. Well you know I’d been looking forward to this one, turns out for good reason, because when I read crime THIS is exactly what I’m looking for.From the haunting opening to the emotional hit of an ending, The Neighbour is a brilliantly creepy, so so beautifully written and totally absorbing crime drama, that will have you looking at your own neighbours with side glancing suspicion.On The Avenue, secrets and lies are everywhere, a serial killer hides in plain sight and as readers we are given Wow. Well you know I’d been looking forward to this one, turns out for good reason, because when I read crime THIS is exactly what I’m looking for.From the haunting opening to the emotional hit of an ending, The Neighbour is a brilliantly creepy, so so beautifully written and totally absorbing crime drama, that will have you looking at your own neighbours with side glancing suspicion.On The Avenue, secrets and lies are everywhere, a serial killer hides in plain sight and as readers we are given snapshot glances behind closed doors – a voyeuristic journey with an edgy, ever growing sense of menace.Everyone hides something, silently within, from the innocuous to the horrific. Fiona Cummins takes this reality and runs with it – The Neighbour takes us on a twisty, often very disturbing, always fascinating path through the Avenue and the community within.There are surprises along the way, each new revelation leading us ever closer to the finale and exploring many levels of human nature as we go.Creepy dolls too. I mean I’m just saying…The Neighbour is everything crime writing should be in my opinion. Fantastic and genuinely talented writing with depth and beauty. Thought provoking, darkly entertaining, character driven – and with a healthy dose of realism about life, love, loss, dark hearts  and the hidden side of all of us.Loved it.Highly Recommended.
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  • NZLisaM
    January 1, 1970
    A new favourite for my shelf. Every chapter was teeth-chattering chilling. RTC.
  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    I always think the reason novels that reminds us of the possibility that we are living in close proximity to a criminal or a potential criminal are so successful is no-one wants to think about that in too much detail. It's a scary thought and one you can do little about. Ms Cummins plays on those fears perfectly creating her best thriller to date, but it is also so much more than that. It breaks murder down to look at its impact on the community and its people, and the author expertly crafts a c I always think the reason novels that reminds us of the possibility that we are living in close proximity to a criminal or a potential criminal are so successful is no-one wants to think about that in too much detail. It's a scary thought and one you can do little about. Ms Cummins plays on those fears perfectly creating her best thriller to date, but it is also so much more than that. It breaks murder down to look at its impact on the community and its people, and the author expertly crafts a cast of enigmatic characters who we know little about but who grip and intrigue us all the same. From page one you are quickly immersed in the scenic Essex setting and from then on it's a case of reading it in a single suspenseful sitting.This has to be one of the most cleverly plotted thrillers I've read in years with its twisty reveals, red herrings and ample misdirection, which throws you off the scent many times. The Avenue is perceived by outsiders as a haven but most of those living on the street have secrets and hide behind a facade. I can usually determine the culprit quite early on or at least before it is made obvious, but not here; I admit I was clueless and I loved that. It has everything you could ever want in a crime thriller, so I'm positive it will become another bestseller. Simply superb and a must-read for crime aficionados.Many thanks to Macmillan for an ARC.
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  • The Book Review Café
    January 1, 1970
    The Neighbour is a stand-alone psychological thriller from Fiona Cummins, and very different in tone to Rattle and The Collector (I loved both books). So I opened this book with some trepidation, and the reason for my trepidation? I have read many crime thrillers with “neighbours” as the main theme, so I wasn’t convinced the author could come up with a plot that would standout from the crowd. As usual, any doubts I had were dismissed once I read the prologue and the first couple of chapters. The The Neighbour is a stand-alone psychological thriller from Fiona Cummins, and very different in tone to Rattle and The Collector (I loved both books). So I opened this book with some trepidation, and the reason for my trepidation? I have read many crime thrillers with “neighbours” as the main theme, so I wasn’t convinced the author could come up with a plot that would standout from the crowd. As usual, any doubts I had were dismissed once I read the prologue and the first couple of chapters. The Neighbour has to have one of the creepiest prologues EVER! It literally sent shivers down my spine.FOR SALE: A lovely family home with a good-sized garden and treehouse occupying a plot close to woodland. Perfect for kids, fitness enthusiasts, dog walkers . .. sounds perfect doesn’t it? but there’s a catch the area where the house stands is the hunting ground for a serial killer dubbed the Doll Maker. This doesn’t stop the Lockwood family moving into their new home on The Avenue. Even before the removal vans unload, a fifth body is found in nearby Woods. The police seem to be struggling for leads and the Lockwoods’ neighbours all seem to have guilty secrets they would prefer to remain hidden, but which one is capable of murder?The chapters give a “through the keyhole” view into each of the neighbours lives, allowing the reader to learn more about the secrets each one is hiding, there’s a growing sense of mistrust as you try to work out which of the oddball neighbours is most likely to be the killer. The story is told in short chapters, some of the chapters shine the spotlight on the owners living in the Avenue, whilst others relate to the investigation, but it’s the chapters that are narrated from the killers POV I found the most unsettling. You can’t beat a well-depicted serial in a crime thriller and the author has created a monster, as you learn more about them through past events, and their very dark thoughts regarding the crimes they committed I found myself repulsed by the killer, but a small part of me also found this insight strangely fascinating. Fiona Cummins has a remarkable talent she can write gruesome crime scenes, layered in horror and menace, and yet her writing is memorising and very descriptive, which seems at odds with the books she writes, but they fit perfectly together, making her books even more compelling to read. Without a shadow of doubt the author knows how to write a top-notch psychological/crime thriller, the sense of horror, menace, and trepidation is palatable throughout. The Neighbour is a powerful, dark and disturbing story with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing right up until it’s heart stopping conclusion, cliched I know but also very true. Highly recommended to those who enjoy a crime thriller with a dark heart and a chilling premise.
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  • Laura Rash
    January 1, 1970
    Well this one gave me a real case of the creeps! People watching people watch people. Murders from past and present collide and make for one intense story. This was a great book to read with Halloween coming near but could be read any time for a good thriller with a kick! Great characters! Thanks so much to the author for this very early copy:)
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com This book is everything I want in a crime novel!Fiona Cummins strikes the perfect balance between suspense, creepiness and realism as we're taken into the world of residents on The Avenue, where a spate of killings has taken place. Each character seems to have their own secrets, and I felt that they were all surprisingly realistic too - many are people I can imagine running into in any town, and their intertwining stories kept me completely gripped.Every so of Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com This book is everything I want in a crime novel!Fiona Cummins strikes the perfect balance between suspense, creepiness and realism as we're taken into the world of residents on The Avenue, where a spate of killings has taken place. Each character seems to have their own secrets, and I felt that they were all surprisingly realistic too - many are people I can imagine running into in any town, and their intertwining stories kept me completely gripped.Every so often we get a chapter told from the perspective of who we assume to be the killer, and throughout the novel there are hints and details which make us think that must be the person behind each crime, but everyone down that street seems to have something to hide so, let's face it, there’s lots of people it could be! For me, this really keeps the mystery alive as the shadow of suspension continues to fall on different people.The book had such a strong sense of foreboding... I felt like there was constantly something bad about to happen and the atmosphere in the book reflected this. There's some truly dark occurences and some creepy people lurking around the town in Essex  where the book is set. I also loved DS Wildeve and her her boss Mac, and would love to read further books featuring their detective skills.Fiona Cummis does such a great job of keeping the reader on their toes, with twists and surprises that left me finishing the book with a satisfied smile on my face - I loved it! Now, to read everything else she's ever published and lose even more sleep as I stay up late, not wanting to put them down!
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Such a powerful, disturbing, gripping and dark and sinister novel! Fiona Cummins is the master of mood and it's taken to new levels here. At times, I found its menace too much to cope with and had to break away to read elsewhere but I was always looking forward to returning to it. Review to follow closer to publication on For Winter Nights. 4.5 stars rounded up to 5.
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  • Elaine Tomasso
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for an advance copy of The Neighbour, a stand alone novel set in Essex.The day the Lockwoods move into their new house on The Avenue, a fifth victim of the serial killer nicknamed The Doll Maker is found in the woods behind their house.I thoroughly enjoyed The Neighbour which takes a close look at the way murder impacts the life of people in its vicinity. It is a bit outside my usual fare of police procedurals which tend to take a fairly linear r I would like to thank Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for an advance copy of The Neighbour, a stand alone novel set in Essex.The day the Lockwoods move into their new house on The Avenue, a fifth victim of the serial killer nicknamed The Doll Maker is found in the woods behind their house.I thoroughly enjoyed The Neighbour which takes a close look at the way murder impacts the life of people in its vicinity. It is a bit outside my usual fare of police procedurals which tend to take a fairly linear route from murder to apprehension, but no less good for taking a more circuitous route. The narrative is initially rather detached with several characters being introduced with hints of what the future holds for them, not that the future always pans out as the reader assumes. It’s extremely clever as it hooks the reader immediately but confusing as the characters are ill defined and only really identifiable by the chapter headings giving their address. This confusion clears quickly and the reader is left trying to guess at their secrets and how they fit in. There are even chapters by the unnamed killer, simply called “now”. I don’t normally like this approach but, as with the rest of the novel, it’s intriguing. Did I say it’s clever? It’s worth repeating as the novel is a tour de force of misdirection and concealment.It is a story of everyday lives. To be really pernickety the reader could wonder at so many strange characters in the one street, but maybe not, as many of the secrets turn out to be fairly mundane. Until they are revealed, however, they provide much food for suspicion. It’s delicious trying to work it all out and no, I failed miserably. Ms Cummins has a keen eye for small, telling details about her characters so I was mightily impressed by her depictions.The Neighbour is a great read which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour” "FOR SALE: A lovely family home with good-sized garden and tree house occupying a plot close to woodland. Quiet, leafy road, good schools, close to the sea and commutable to London. Perfect for kids, fitness enthusiasts, dog walkers …And, it seems, the perfect hunting ground for a serial killer.When Garrick and Olivia Lockwood move into the idyllic 25 The Avenue with their two children, they are excited for a fresh start in the suburbs. “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour” "FOR SALE: A lovely family home with good-sized garden and tree house occupying a plot close to woodland. Quiet, leafy road, good schools, close to the sea and commutable to London. Perfect for kids, fitness enthusiasts, dog walkers …And, it seems, the perfect hunting ground for a serial killer.When Garrick and Olivia Lockwood move into the idyllic 25 The Avenue with their two children, they are excited for a fresh start in the suburbs. But with a spate of local murders in the press, and suspiciously friendly neighbours, is there more to perfect suburbia that meets the eye?" I was kindly sent this book from Pan Macmillan in exchange for an honest review. Firstly I want to say thank you to Pan Macmillan and the wonderful author Fiona Cummins for giving me an early opportunity to read this book. In the past I was an avid reader of Crime Thrillers so The Neighbour would have been my go to book. However recently I have moved away from this genre and towards Fantasy. When I was given the opportunity to read and review this book I decided it would be nice to have a change. I am so glad that I took this opportunity as I absolutely loved it. I actually read this book in 24 hours because I really struggled to put it down.I love how this is a slow-burn thriller, I feel they are the best kind of thrillers. Fiona will give you certain pieces to the puzzle, but whilst doing that she also builds the atmosphere and the characters so that you are fully submerged into the book. The tension is slowly built upon throughout which just makes you want to continue reading.Fiona is fantastic at making you doubt your own theories, which I think is the final ingredient in making a successful crime thriller author. At some point in the book I was convinced a different character was guilty, I think through the duration each character was guilty in my mind at least once. This book really left me guessing and just when I thought one person had done it Fiona threw a curve ball and my theory that I was certain of was shattered into a thousand pieces.The book is told in different perspectives, those perspectives being from different neighbours. You get to explore their thoughts and feelings which leads you to not only get to know the character and household itself but also helps you to understand what they think thus helping you to create theories that you hadn’t even thought of.The twist at the end was fantastic, this book really keeps you on your toes until the final chapter. Whilst at some point in the book I did guess what might happen, I was pushed away from the idea with Fiona’s writing style which meant that when the guilty party was revealed I still felt shocked. This was definitely an ending that satisfied me. I find with many thrillers that I am always disappointed with the ending as they feel farfetched and rushed which is why I feel like I have actively chosen not to pick up this genre of book. This book however was like a breath of fresh air and has definitely got me back into wanting to read this genre. I shall be picking up each and every one of Fiona Cummins back list and future releases.This book had such an impact on me. I finished this book last night and I went to bed and dreamt that our house got broken into and a doll was left behind. I never really dream about books so this is a first. I’ll be honest, I thought I lived in a nice neighbourhood with decent neighbours but I will definitely be keeping an eye on them from now on. The curtains will be permanently shut in my house. You never know what goes on behind closed doors. I’ll leave that thought with you.I 100% recommend this book to each and everyone of you. It is a quick and fantastic read and it really will leave you thinking “whodunnit” until the very end.Again, thank you to Pan Macmillan for giving me this fantastic opportunity.
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  • gem
    January 1, 1970
    I KNEW IT!!!!!This book is very different in tone to Rattle and The Collector yet it has similar themes; someone is concealing a very dark secret and will go to any lengths to keep it buried.The story jumps straight into the action, five people have been murdered and the police are at a loss as to what’s happening. They are under increasing pressure to resolve the case as (spoiler alert) one of their own is the latest victim.DS Wildeve Stanton is working the case, chasing up leads and making enq I KNEW IT!!!!!This book is very different in tone to Rattle and The Collector yet it has similar themes; someone is concealing a very dark secret and will go to any lengths to keep it buried.The story jumps straight into the action, five people have been murdered and the police are at a loss as to what’s happening. They are under increasing pressure to resolve the case as (spoiler alert) one of their own is the latest victim.DS Wildeve Stanton is working the case, chasing up leads and making enquiries and soon comes across some documents that shape the rest of the story.I liked the interactions with her and the other officers and the fact there was the usual politics about one boss not closing the case quick enough made it believable yet if this is a stand-alone I’m not sure why we needed that...The Lockwood family who moved into number 25 The Avenue on the day of the latest murder sure didn’t get the usual start in a new neighbourhood!Past indiscretions had caused them to up and leave their old life to start afresh but they didn’t really seem to spend any time with Theo kids. Aster was a typical young teenage girl looking to define herself and fit in at the same time, whilst 9 year old Evan was frankly my favourite character. The family soon get caught up in all the goings on and this is Not A Good Thing.The narration from the killer was pretty distinctive and that coupled with various things throughout the story made me guess really early on who the killer was. There were still a couple of twists in it though and one I totally did not guess at all despite the fact I probably should have if I hadn’t just taken it at face value (Tricksy!).As the story concluded and all was revealed I did keep shouting various things out loud but I can’t say what because that will give it away! But I KNEW IT was definitely in there amongst them.This book is perfect for fans of Dexter, Jo Spain’s Dirty Little Secrets and Sleep by C.L. Taylor.Thank you to Netgalley for the chance to read this.
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  • Clare
    January 1, 1970
    With thanks to Netgalley and Macmillan for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.This is the second book I have read from Fiona Cummins after her excellent debut Rattle.A serial killer called The Doll maker was on the loose who had murdered 5 people and dumped then in a wood on The Avenue.. The killer had been nicknamed The Doll Collector because they removed the victims eyes and replaced them with glass ones.The story began with Carrick Lockwood. Olivia, and their 2 children Evan a With thanks to Netgalley and Macmillan for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.This is the second book I have read from Fiona Cummins after her excellent debut Rattle.A serial killer called The Doll maker was on the loose who had murdered 5 people and dumped then in a wood on The Avenue.. The killer had been nicknamed The Doll Collector because they removed the victims eyes and replaced them with glass ones.The story began with Carrick Lockwood. Olivia, and their 2 children Evan and Aster moving into number 25. The family decided to start again in another part of the country after Olivia had an affair. On the day the family moved in a DS who was investigating the murders was found murdered in the woods.With the media looking on Detective Sergeant Wildeve Stanton had to find out who the Detective was questioning on the day he died. The main suspect was Trefor Lovell who lived at number 18 and owned the Doll and Fancy dress Emporium.Then 9 year old Evan Lockwood finds a old cassette tape in his new tree house. Aster and Evan listen to it and hear sounds of someone being murdered!!The Neighbour was beautifully written with a menacing undertone. However I found the plot was slow burner and the story didn't get going for me until the last 40%.The plot was carefully woven with plenty of red herrings. The book had a great cast of characters especially the mysterious postman and cloud watcher Fletcher Parnell. I enjoyed the Now chapters which were from the POV of the killer. The POV completely led me astray and I didn't guess the killer until the last minute.The final twist was very clever, and very unexpected. I liked DS Wildeve Stanton and I hope she appears in Fiona's next book. Four stars from me
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  • Julie Lacey
    January 1, 1970
    This book is great as it has so many people who could be the killer, you’re spoilt for choice!“Garrick and Olivia Lockwood and their two children move into 25 The Avenue looking for a fresh start. They arrive in the midst of a media frenzy: they’d heard about the local murders in the press, but Garrick was certain the killer would be caught and it would all be over in no time.”The murder investigation is very much under way when they move in and a Police officer has now been murdered so tensions This book is great as it has so many people who could be the killer, you’re spoilt for choice!“Garrick and Olivia Lockwood and their two children move into 25 The Avenue looking for a fresh start. They arrive in the midst of a media frenzy: they’d heard about the local murders in the press, but Garrick was certain the killer would be caught and it would all be over in no time.”The murder investigation is very much under way when they move in and a Police officer has now been murdered so tensions are high. We also get the perspective of the Police and realise they are struggling to identify the killer. The Avenue has its fair share of potential criminals and as the book progresses, it’s harder and harder to work out who it is. Olivia and her family have barely moved in when something else happens and The Avenue is once again thrown into turmoil. This is a gripping read that will have you on the edge of your seat. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.
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  • Adrian Scottow
    January 1, 1970
    Set in sub-urban Essex – this thriller with its staccato chapters each with a different and unique character and viewpoint – grabs you and doesn’t let go. I stopped up too late too often with this book because on every page there is a revelation and the secrets are solely unravelled. Its setting is The Avenue, a residential road in a sleepy town and it feels like somewhere absolutely real. Everybody on the Avenue has a secret and nothing is quite what it seems. At times, this is a police procedu Set in sub-urban Essex – this thriller with its staccato chapters each with a different and unique character and viewpoint – grabs you and doesn’t let go. I stopped up too late too often with this book because on every page there is a revelation and the secrets are solely unravelled. Its setting is The Avenue, a residential road in a sleepy town and it feels like somewhere absolutely real. Everybody on the Avenue has a secret and nothing is quite what it seems. At times, this is a police procedural, at times a teenager led thriller and occasionally something darker and more sinister – drifting into Stephen King or Twin Peaks – but it has it own unique coherence and quality. Once you have read it you probably will be watching your neighbours a little closer – and maybe they will be watching you too…
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  • Jacob Collins
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this one. Having been a fan of Fiona Cummins’ first two novels, I was more than intrigued to see what she would write next, and the answer is The Neighbour which is a crime novel of pure brilliance. Fiona’s writing makes her books exactly the type of read you could race through in one sitting. Genuinely chilling and with short, snappy chapters that will have you itching to read the next, this is top-rate crime fiction.Fiona develops her characters so, so well. We have the Lock I absolutely loved this one. Having been a fan of Fiona Cummins’ first two novels, I was more than intrigued to see what she would write next, and the answer is The Neighbour which is a crime novel of pure brilliance. Fiona’s writing makes her books exactly the type of read you could race through in one sitting. Genuinely chilling and with short, snappy chapters that will have you itching to read the next, this is top-rate crime fiction.Fiona develops her characters so, so well. We have the Lockwood’s who have just moved into The Avenue and the creepy neighbours who will have you examining and thinking about each and every one of them. I had so many suspicions about all of them, and I loved how Fiona led me down several different paths and how she then thwarted my thoughts at the end as the final truths were revealed, and this was done so very brilliantly.There is such a creepy premise to this book that will have you looking at your own neighbours with suspicion, perhaps, depending on how well you get on with them I suppose and how well you know them. We hear from the killer’s thoughts throughout the book, and there were some lines in these scenes that did give me chills. The characters will also have you thinking just what lengths will you go to protect your loved ones, especially from the secrets you hide. You will see what I mean when I say that this is a genuinely chilling read. The Neighbour is a novel I did not want to put down. The only problem I have now is that I have to wait a while for Fiona’s next book. This is very much a character-driven crime novel, and they will all stay in your mind for a while after you read it. This definitely comes highly recommended from me.
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  • Ali
    January 1, 1970
    This book is hold but has already been added to my challenge for some reason
  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    “Smoke. Mirrors. Secrets. Lies”....... I finished this book with such a satisfied sigh because for me it was the perfect thriller and an absolutely 100% incredible read !!!When you first start a new book by Fiona Cummins you know that you are in for a wonderful read going by the previous two books she has written but this book goes above and beyond that it’s just superb. The writing as always is brilliant and you find yourself being teased with snippets of information spinning you in circles as “Smoke. Mirrors. Secrets. Lies”....... I finished this book with such a satisfied sigh because for me it was the perfect thriller and an absolutely 100% incredible read !!!When you first start a new book by Fiona Cummins you know that you are in for a wonderful read going by the previous two books she has written but this book goes above and beyond that it’s just superb. The writing as always is brilliant and you find yourself being teased with snippets of information spinning you in circles as the twists keep coming. I read a lot of thrillers and enjoy most of them but this book surpasses them all it’s so damn clever it took my breath away and I savoured every page not wanting it to end but desperate to find out who did what !!! Everyone in this book has secret’s and things to hide, the plot is complex, creepy and the characters are brilliantly written and I could go on and on about just how good it is instead I would just say read the damn book it’s amazing and top of my list for this year !!My thanks to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for giving me the chance to read the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Latkins
    January 1, 1970
    Although rather gruesome and with a disturbingly high body count, this accomplished new murder mystery is almost traditional in its approach. No fewer than five people have been murdered in the environs of one street in Essex by a sinister killer dubbed ‘The Doll Maker’, who leaves doll’s eyes on the eyes of the victims. The latest corpse was that of Adam Stanton, and his wife Wildeve, also a detective, becomes determined to catch the murderer. There is a large cast of characters on the avenue, Although rather gruesome and with a disturbingly high body count, this accomplished new murder mystery is almost traditional in its approach. No fewer than five people have been murdered in the environs of one street in Essex by a sinister killer dubbed ‘The Doll Maker’, who leaves doll’s eyes on the eyes of the victims. The latest corpse was that of Adam Stanton, and his wife Wildeve, also a detective, becomes determined to catch the murderer. There is a large cast of characters on the avenue, each with secrets to conceal, including a new family of four who have just moved in, a creepy toy maker, a peeping tom, and a sinister postman. And we also hear from the murderer, who provides a running commentary throughout the novel, making it clear that these murders have something to do with what happened in back in 1985… but who is it? Cummins is adept at keeping you guessing until the end, where she puts an extra twist in the tail.
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  • peggy
    January 1, 1970
    After reading her first two books Rattle and The Collector I knew I would be in for a treat. A stand alone crime thriller and boy what a real page turner. Full of twists and turns, suspects galore. Yes I know who did it, damn wrong again. This book kept me reading late into the night, reading it in one sitting. Atmospheric, twisty, creepy and I loved it. Got my heart racing and tapping my kindle faster and faster. In places sat on the edge of my seat. It kept me guessing right until the big reve After reading her first two books Rattle and The Collector I knew I would be in for a treat. A stand alone crime thriller and boy what a real page turner. Full of twists and turns, suspects galore. Yes I know who did it, damn wrong again. This book kept me reading late into the night, reading it in one sitting. Atmospheric, twisty, creepy and I loved it. Got my heart racing and tapping my kindle faster and faster. In places sat on the edge of my seat. It kept me guessing right until the big reveal or so I thought.This author has one more surprise, she turns everything on its head one more time.A crime thriller par excellence and had me wanting more. An easy five stars and so Highly Recommended. I would like to thank the author, Pan Macmillan and Netgalley for the ARC in return for my honest review.
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  • Katherine Hayward Pérez
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come. Thanks to Fiona Cummins and publisher for my ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.
  • Mary Picken
    January 1, 1970
    As I am writing this, listening to the radio, Alicia Keyes’ This Girl Is On Fire comes on and in one song perfectly sums up the way I feel about Fiona Cummins and The Neighbour.This is writing that zings; prose that from the opening takes you in a vice like grip and doesn’t let go until the end.The opener is classic Cummins. Striking, pictorial, haunting, a tableau of horror that you won’t forget as you read onwards into the chapter.The Neighbour is a stand-alone thriller, though, frankly, DS Wi As I am writing this, listening to the radio, Alicia Keyes’ This Girl Is On Fire comes on and in one song perfectly sums up the way I feel about Fiona Cummins and The Neighbour.This is writing that zings; prose that from the opening takes you in a vice like grip and doesn’t let go until the end.The opener is classic Cummins. Striking, pictorial, haunting, a tableau of horror that you won’t forget as you read onwards into the chapter.The Neighbour is a stand-alone thriller, though, frankly, DS Wildeve Stanton is a character who I will welcome in any book Ms Cummins chooses to write. We are in Essex and a serial killer known as ‘The Dollmaker’ has just claimed a fifth victim in the woods next to a road in a small housing estate called The Avenue. All the victims share the same distinct hallmarks; they are dressed just like dolls with painted faces and glass eyes. Coincidentally (?) there is a dollmaker living on The Avenue.But that’s what makes The Neighbour so creepy. On The Avenue, we learn that everyone has secrets; everyone is telling their version of the truth, or is lying. Cummins lets us peer through windows, catch glimpses of dark deeds as we become the peeping Toms peering through the darkness of these lives in the hope of seeing some action or finding the truth.Police are making little progress and the pressure is tightening. The team of officers are sniping amongs themselves and DS Wildeve Stanton is struggling with her own deeply personal grief which is fuelling her determination to catch this killer- whatever it takes.Each chapter features a a different character and viewpoint and just when you think you are getting to know and understand these people another revelatory aspect of their characters opens up. These are neighbours who you really don’t want to be living beside.The menace is palpable and the characterisation has depth. Cummins is adept at seeing the darkness in everyone and conveying it effortlessly onto the page. The killer’s thoughts are peppered throughout the book offering a dark and merciless insight into a black heart.The Neighbour is tense, dramatic, creepy and tinged with real horror. Cummins writing also conveys moments of serious emotion, pathos and sadness.This is writing of the first order that takes the reader on a twisted journey to look into the lives of these neighbours and discover their deepest, darkest secrets. You’ll never see ‘her next door’ in the same way again.Verdict: Beautifully written with depth and insight, this is a killer read that shoots straight onto to the must read list.
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  • Gaby (GNTxREADs)
    January 1, 1970
    So initially I felt that the cover imitated exactly what I was expecting from this book. This feeling of being part of a wider community, but still remaining suspicious as to who it really is walking down the street! We soon come to find out that Garrick and Olivia's new home resides on a street whereby people are being murdered and they are yet to catch the killer!You certainly begin to feel how disconnected the neighbours feel from each other as each chapter is written about the homeowners of So initially I felt that the cover imitated exactly what I was expecting from this book. This feeling of being part of a wider community, but still remaining suspicious as to who it really is walking down the street! We soon come to find out that Garrick and Olivia's new home resides on a street whereby people are being murdered and they are yet to catch the killer!You certainly begin to feel how disconnected the neighbours feel from each other as each chapter is written about the homeowners of each numbered house on the street. However, due to the writing style, there is very little dialogue and the reader is somewhat limited in getting to know the characters on a personal level.The heavily descriptive nature of the writing certainly creates a vivid setting, in a way that the reader can clear imagine how it might feel to live there, yet not in a way that made me feel invested in following the characters individual events. In this sense I felt more as an observer in the storyline rather than trying to piece together what has happened, or indeed what I would do.However, the short, fast paced chapters make this read extremely consumable and I pretty much read the whole book in a day! The nature of the murders holds the suspense throughout and I was left wondering why this was all happening in this street.Towards the end of the book there is much more intimacy with and emphasis on a select few characters. The volume of dialogue increases and that's when I was able to picture myself in the room, dealing with the situation. This then allowed the reader to gain a greater understanding of character motives and inter-relationships compared to at the start.I would certainly not be shy to read more of Fiona Cummins' titles, although usually I would prefer to feel more invested in the characters rather than the events. Yet I still found this an enjoyable read!This book was certainly a great read, but just didn't hit me on a personal level. There was a great use of varied descriptive language which was certainly interesting, and I settled on a four star review on Goodreads.
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  • Joy Kluver
    January 1, 1970
    They say the three most stressful events in life are dealing with a death, divorce and moving house. Well, spare a thought for Garrick and Olivia Lockwood. They’ve just moved house, their marriage is on the rocks and a corpse has been found only metres from their new property. Oh, and it’s the fifth body to be found in such circumstances. Personally, I’d have done a bunk at this point but Garrick and Olivia have to stay.I’ve read Fiona’s previous books – Rattle and The Collector – so I know what They say the three most stressful events in life are dealing with a death, divorce and moving house. Well, spare a thought for Garrick and Olivia Lockwood. They’ve just moved house, their marriage is on the rocks and a corpse has been found only metres from their new property. Oh, and it’s the fifth body to be found in such circumstances. Personally, I’d have done a bunk at this point but Garrick and Olivia have to stay.I’ve read Fiona’s previous books – Rattle and The Collector – so I know what to expect with her style. It’s almost like a list of essential ingredients - quirky names, atmospheric settings and various viewpoints and timelines. All there. But this time we have far more characters who want to tell us their stories. Initially, it was slightly confusing but Fiona Cummins has made them all so distinctive you soon pick up on everyone. Just as you would when you first move to a new neighbourhood – it takes time to get to know your neighbours. But one of them is a killer. The question is who?I was hoping that ‘Wow, just wow’ would be good enough for a review but clearly it isn’t. Fiona Cummins gets better with each book and the result with The Neighbour is quite astonishing. I keep coming back to it in my head, trying to work out how Fiona wrote this. The last book that made me think this much over story structure was I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh with that epic twist. This is a novel that’s crying out to be made into a TV series with its creepy and complex plot and impressive cast list. But before that happens, read the book. And maybe think twice about moving.And finally. Sometimes it’s hard to express just how good a book is. I could use lots of superlatives but I’m not sure they would do The Neighbour justice. Except for one. It might be a little early in the year but I’m going to say it. The Neighbour is… extraordinary.
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  • Debbie Littley
    January 1, 1970
    FOR SALE: A lovely family home with good-sized garden and treehouse occupying a plot close to woodland. Perfect for kids, fitness enthusiasts, dog walkers . . .And, it seems, the perfect hunting ground for a serial killer.Sounds good right? Sometimes the blurb on the book can be better than the actual book but not in this case. This book lives up to the blurb plus so much more. And if you have read her other books Rattle and The Collector then you know what you are letting yourselves in for with FOR SALE: A lovely family home with good-sized garden and treehouse occupying a plot close to woodland. Perfect for kids, fitness enthusiasts, dog walkers . . .And, it seems, the perfect hunting ground for a serial killer.Sounds good right? Sometimes the blurb on the book can be better than the actual book but not in this case. This book lives up to the blurb plus so much more. And if you have read her other books Rattle and The Collector then you know what you are letting yourselves in for with this one. The Neighbour is her best book yet.Filled with some memorable characters, not all likeable it will make your street and neighbours seem less irritating and much more likeable 😂On The Avenue, behind every door hides a secret, and behind one of these doors is a serial killer that has been living in plain sight. But which door? The chapters give a snapshot view into each of the ongoing lives, into each of their secrets, slowly building up to an emotional terrifying conclusions.A twist that not even the best of you will see coming even if you are expecting it, which is not easy to accomplish but is the best kind of twist plus some extra surprises along the way.For fans of crime thrillers this one is not to be missed and I can guarantee it is a real treat of a read.Thank you to the author Fiona Cummins, publishers Pan Macmillan and NetGalley for my digital advance copy of the book in exchange for an honest and independent review.https://debbiesbookreviews.wordpress....
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  • Nicki Southwell
    January 1, 1970
    This is an interesting book with many twists and turns. Unusually there are so many people who could be the “culprit” behind murders. They all appear to have good reason to feel that justice should be done.Number 25 The Avenue has new residents, the Lockwoods. A family of four moves in. The parents and two children are starting afresh, even though they know about the murders. It is all over the news, but the house price was too good to turn it down. Olivia and Garrick have not found life easy, a This is an interesting book with many twists and turns. Unusually there are so many people who could be the “culprit” behind murders. They all appear to have good reason to feel that justice should be done.Number 25 The Avenue has new residents, the Lockwoods. A family of four moves in. The parents and two children are starting afresh, even though they know about the murders. It is all over the news, but the house price was too good to turn it down. Olivia and Garrick have not found life easy, and Garrick is now out of work. He is an architect who already has drawn up plans for extending the house. Another dream of his? Quite possibly. Their children Aster and Evan have left their friends behind and are moving schools.We learn about some of the residents on the street, and their backgrounds. At the top of the Avenue, is an old company that was a toy shop. The tenant still paints dolls, but we don't know a huge amount about him.There is history with the toy emporium but the link to the current day doesn't become obvious until near the end. The final murder victim Adam, was a police officer. Why him? His wife also works as a detective and she continues on the team as long as she can, perusing another line of enquiry.The middle of this became a little confusing but it does all make sense in the end. I think it is definitely work persevering.I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are all my own and completely unbiased. My thanks to NetGalley for this opportunity.
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  • Georgia_books
    January 1, 1970
    I've never read any of Fiona's books before, yet I came across this one and just knew I had to read it.The neighbour is a thriller which is set in a little place called "The Avenue". Olivia and Garrick Lockwood are looking for a fresh start, and decide to move into number 25...but could they have just made the worst decision of their lives?? For some time now there have been some pretty strange murders in the local area by someone the people call "The doll maker" and they're still out there.This I've never read any of Fiona's books before, yet I came across this one and just knew I had to read it.The neighbour is a thriller which is set in a little place called "The Avenue". Olivia and Garrick Lockwood are looking for a fresh start, and decide to move into number 25...but could they have just made the worst decision of their lives?? For some time now there have been some pretty strange murders in the local area by someone the people call "The doll maker" and they're still out there.This book took me some time to read, I'm unsure as to why though as I absolutely loved it! Highly gripping, extremely unnerving and weirdly.. Kind of exciting! There are so many twist and turns In this book, I constantly found myself going backwards and forwards as to who I believed to be the killer and what their motives were, I also thoroughly enjoyed the fact that we weren't just getting one or two perspectives.. being able to see the current situation from the eyes of different people in The Avenue and learning about them all kept things interesting, kept things flowing.The only thing stopping me from giving this book 5 stars was the fact that, although I loved the multiple perspectives, I also spent the first maybe 25% of the book getting confused as to who was who and what part they played in the book, but as I said, I ended up loving it!Definitely recommend this book, thanks again to panmacmillan for the review copy!
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  • Lucille
    January 1, 1970
    Having devoured both Fiona Cummins previous creepy thrillers, Rattle and The Collector, I am delighted to say that her latest, The Neighbour, doesn't disappoint.The house that Garrick and Olivia Lockwood move into on The Avene appears a bargain, perhaps because there is a killer lurking in the neighbourhood, but they aren't worried as once they refurbish No 25 they plan to sell it on. But life doesn't always pan out as you expect as the Lockwoods soon find out.The hairs on the back of my neck st Having devoured both Fiona Cummins previous creepy thrillers, Rattle and The Collector, I am delighted to say that her latest, The Neighbour, doesn't disappoint.The house that Garrick and Olivia Lockwood move into on The Avene appears a bargain, perhaps because there is a killer lurking in the neighbourhood, but they aren't worried as once they refurbish No 25 they plan to sell it on. But life doesn't always pan out as you expect as the Lockwoods soon find out.The hairs on the back of my neck stood up as I read about the killer threatening the people living on The Avenue and the impasse of the police trying to stop him. But what lifts this thriller from a police procedural is that everyone seems to be harbouring a secret as well as keeping a watch on their fellow neighbours. Fiona Cummins' prose draws the reader right in from the beginning and doesn't let go. It's a must read for lovers of skilled writing and psychological thrillers. Many thanks to the author for an early copy of The Neighbour for an honest review. I expect it will be equally as popular as her other books.
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  • Angela Mellor
    January 1, 1970
    The Neighbour is the first book I’ve read by Fiona Cummins and it won’t be the last as crickey is this a book that will have you thinking about your neighbours!Garrick and Olivia Lockwood and their two children move into number 25 The Avenue, they are trying to rebuild their marriage and as they managed to get this house at a bargain price, Garrick is going to extend and renovate it and sell to make a quick buck. When they move in a murder has just happened, it is one of a few that have happened The Neighbour is the first book I’ve read by Fiona Cummins and it won’t be the last as crickey is this a book that will have you thinking about your neighbours!Garrick and Olivia Lockwood and their two children move into number 25 The Avenue, they are trying to rebuild their marriage and as they managed to get this house at a bargain price, Garrick is going to extend and renovate it and sell to make a quick buck. When they move in a murder has just happened, it is one of a few that have happened recently and DC Wildeve Stanton is on the case and will do anything to catch the killer.I loved this tightly woven, at times scary thriller. At the beginnning it was a lot of characters to get my head round but because of the way it was written this happened easily, I loved how different neighbours were doing different things at different times and the insight you got into this. It did make me think maybe I should close the blinds every night!!A very well written thriller that had me galloping through and I never guessed the ending, not by a long shot.I would like to thank Netgalley and Pan Macmillan for this ARC I received in exchange for an honest review.
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