No. 23 has a secret. In this bedsit-riddled south London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, something waits to be discovered.
Yet all six residents have something to hide. Collette and Cher are on the run; Thomas is a reluctant loner; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a 'quiet man' nobody sees try to stay hidden. And watching over them all is Vesta - or so she thinks. In the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the neighbours into an uneasy alliance.
But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victim...As a cloying heatwave suffocates the city, events build to an electrifying climax in this dark, original and irresistibly compelling thriller.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 19/06/2014
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780751550696
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Review by Kappadeemom
Reading The Killer Next Door is like watching honey come out of the bottle. It's slow at first but you know all the deliciousness is worth the wait. You know that the killer is someone who lives in the house with all of the characters; however, you have no idea of who these people are or what they are hiding. There were some very creepy and sick parts of the book (parts were read over my lunch hour, which was a very bad idea). I will now have to go back and read The Wicked Girls.
Review by tina1969
Meet the residents of 23, Colette, Cher, Vesta, Thomas, Gerald, Hossein and the landlord. Amongst them is a serial killer called The Lover. All are very different and all have a reason for being there.This book engeged me from tbe very beginning. The story revolves around all the residents and my favourites were Cher and Colette. The story is very now, with mentions of programmes such as the Walking Dead and shops such as Primark.This book is a very gritty thriller and has plenty of gory moments at times. I found it quite believable and can see how people do live very unconventional lives. I did like how all the residents gelled together in a time of crisis.I can see this book making am excellent tv series as its very dark but has some lighter moments. I don't like usuing cliché but tbe book really was a page turner and really kept me guessing who the lover was.An excellant read and not the bog standard body, police crime thriller but something very different.
Review by jan.fleming
Collette is on the run from her ex-boss; Cher is an underage children's home escapee; lonely Thomas tries to make friends with his neighbours; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a 'quiet man' nobody sees try to keep themselves hidden. And there for them all is Vesta, a woman who knows everything that goes on in the house - or thought she did.
Then in the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the six into an uneasy alliance. But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victim...
Murder is no laughing matter except maybe in this fiendish urban thriller set in London's bedsit land.The story focuses on a decaying house and its tenants,each with a secret to keep and one more so than the others.
Roy Preece is the repellent landlord from hell, a masterpiece of vileness, and his long suffering boarders are a quirky mix sympathetically drawn by this superior writer.
Suffused with dark humour, ingenious plotting and moments that if it were a film, you would be watching through your fingers.
It is extremely gruesome but also a strangely moving read, warm hearted and filled with compassion for those who find themselves lost and alone in a city of eight million plus people.