Friday 15 July 2016

Review: The Woman Next Door by Cass Green

The Woman Next Door by Cass Green
Publisher: Harper Collins UK
Release date: 22 July 2016
Rating: ****
Back cover blurb: A dark and twisty psychological thriller, perfect for fans of HER by Harriet Lane and IN A DARK DARK WOOD by Ruth Ware. 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…

The Woman Next Door is Cass Green's debut adult novel, and I do hope it won't be her only one, as it's an absolute cracker of a novel.

Hester is Melissa's next door neighbour. Quiet and reserved, on her own with only her little dog Bertie for company, Hester appears lonely.

Melissa on the other hand, is glamorous with a successful husband and teenage daughter. She has the perfect life and the perfect family and Hester is resentful of this.

Melissa has been trying to get away from Hester since her daughter Tilly was small.

Hester was overbearing, interfering, and more than a little odd even back then. It becomes clear that she has only worsened with time, and is now obsessed with Melissa.

When the two women find themselves entangled in an act that will force them to stick together forever, this novel takes on a dark turn, and we truly begin to see Hester in a different light.

As Melissa begins to understand that the woman next door is not what she seems, she must deal with her own troubles before she can begin to think about the future and exactly what having a neighbour like Hester means....

The Woman Next Door is a novel that will make you question that sweet little old lady living next door to you, in a way that you never thought possible. Gripping from its outset with some thoroughly unlikeable characters, this is sure to be a hit.

The Woman Next Door is available from 22 July 2016.
You can pre-order it now via Amazon online.

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Thank You to the publishers who approved my request via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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