The Woman Next Door Book Review
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The Woman Next Door Book Review

The Woman Next Door Book Review




A No.1 e-book bestseller, 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 Book Review


The first worry when someone moves into a new neighborhood is the neighbors. Melissa and Hester lived next door for years. Hester used to take care of Melissa daughter, Tilly when she was a baby but they had grown apart after Tilly grew up. The two women differ greatly from one another.


Hester is retired in her sixties who lives alone with her dog that stinks. She has no children, she bakes and likes to poke around on her neighbors. A noisy packer and rather intense I liked her point of view and its written in first person.


Melissa is glamours woman with a handsome husband who cheated on her and Tilly. Her point of view is told in third person. Melissa tries to distance herself from Hester which, I don’t blame her. Melissa hosts a party for her daughter and Hester invites herself. In the party, an old friend of Melissa, Jeremy comes to pay her visit and asks her to spend the night.


Hester meanwhile got drunk in the party and sneaks out of the house, later she goes over to Melissa baking her cake as a thank you. that’s when she finds Melisa crouched by Jeremy dead body. Melissa wants to do the right thing by calling the police but Hester has other ideas so she can trap Melissa into friendship again.


Two different characters and unlikable Hester is the definition of the neighbor from hell. Their relationship is like the brilliant Notes On A Scandal although the plot is very different. Really enjoyed this book.


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