Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for The Girl Next Door By Phoebe Morgan and I would like to share a review, with all of you. Thank you very much to Lucy from HQ for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Thank You very much to the publisher – HQ for the review copy.
Genre: Mystery / Thriller
Release date: 21 02 2019
Price*: Kindle £1.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £5.69 (GBP)
Kindle $N/A (USD)/ Paperback $12.52 (USD)
Pages: ~ 336
My rating: 8/10
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What I learned from this book: You never truly know what is happening in your neighbour’s house.
Description of the book: Perfect mother. Perfect wife. Jane Goodwin has spent years building her picture-perfect life in the quiet town of Ashdon.
So when the girl next door, sixteen-year-old Clare Edwards, is found murdered, Jane knows she must first protect her family.
Every marriage has a few white lies and hers is no exception. Jane’s worked hard to cover up her dark secret from all those years ago – and she’ll do anything to keep it hidden…
How this book made me feel: I had a great pleasure to meet Phoebe in person, she is absolutely adorable, and it is a great pleasure to read and review her book. 🙂
The story is told from multiple perspectives. Clare is the murdered girl, and she is telling about her life events up to her murder. Jane is Clare’s neighbour, and an example of status, beauty, perfect family, and everybody wants to be her. DS Madeline Shaw is a police officer, investigating Clare’s death. So, we have quite an interesting mix of characters in this book, some flashy and some plain, but the combination of all makes a really great read. For me, the most interesting of all is Jane. She is very deceiving and full of surprises. Even though Jane’s character was very well delivered, some thoughts got a little repetitive at times, which didn’t increase the suspense levels for me as it supposed to but annoyed me a little instead.
I think this novel is more character driven than the plot itself. The investigation is happening, but not many clues are there to go by. The action concentrates around Jane, her family, her thoughts, and her relationship with the community. The suspense was very well kept throughout the book, and the unexpected twists and major turns made this novel a very superb read. I think that the author’s life in the countryside was very well utilized in this book. She portrayed it very well, and I could feel that small community’s spirit. The main topics discussed in this novel was the mother’s love for her children, the importance of the family’s image in a small town, a woman’s dedication to her family, etc.
Phoebe Morgan knows how to attract the reader, the novel is not only very well written but very well constructed as well. The multiple perspectives allowed to have an insight into different people’s minds, lives, and made the reading experience very pleasant, followed by short chapters, and twists and turns in all the right places. She truly knows what she is doing. The ending was unexpected and rounded up the story well, but I wasn’t very happy with the justice aspect of it. 🙂
So, to conclude, I really enjoyed this thriller, filled with very sophisticated and amusing characters and a very deceiving and knotty plot, where things are not as it seems. Do give this book a read, it is truly absorbing, and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. 🙂
Thank you for your time, 🙂
About the author: Phoebe Morgan is an author and senior commissioning editor. She studied English at Leeds University after growing up in the Suffolk countryside. She has previously worked as a journalist and now edits crime and women’s fiction for a publishing house during the day, and writes her own books in the evenings. She lives in London. The Doll House is her debut novel. It became a #1 iBooks bestseller and spent over 8 weeks in the Kindle top 100. Her second book, The Girl Next Door, will be out on 21st February 2019 in paperback, ebook and audio, and a third will follow in 2020.
Website: phoebemorganauthor.com. / Twitter: @Phoebe_A_Morgan
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