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The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood

The Killer Next Door (2013)

by Alex Marwood

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Great book. Very well written. Almost black comedy in places, gruesome in others. I loved the characters, they were developed beautifully.Wonderful, happy ending. I would like to read more from this author. ( )
  scot2 | Jul 31, 2018 |
Collette has been in hiding from Dodgy underworld Crooks, she returns to London to visit her elderly Mother who is an old folks home.
She moves into a South London bedsit her neighbours are an assortment of misfits.
The drains in the flats get blocked and stink
The Landlord is a Fat Greasy Pervert doesn't want to spend money in solving the problem, he wants to get rid of the longest serving resident Vesta but his plan backfires and she kills him.
Collette, Cher a 15 year old runaway and Thomas a part time Council official help with moving the body.
They want it to look like he died in his own home.
Cher's cat goes upstairs to Thomas flat she follows it turns out Thomas was killing young women and Mummifying their remains.
Cher has to be rescued by Collette from Thomas who falls off the roof and dies.
Collette's Mother dies, she gets her fingers chopped off and puts them in Thomas's freezer to fake her death, this will stop the Gangsters trying to track her down.
In the end Vesta, Collette and Cher all run off to live by the Sea together.
Good characters in this book and a few twists. ( )
  Daftboy1 | Apr 25, 2018 |
Listened the audio version. Meh. It wasn't unbearable and mostly entertaining. But nothing memorable. ( )
  soontobefree | May 1, 2017 |
My god, that was just a damn fine read. Has the unsentimental compassion of John Steinbeck, with PD James's introspection and Ruth Rendell's boojums. There is also a strong element of those beautiful Ealing caper movies. ( )
  SomeGuyInVirginia | Nov 16, 2016 |
This was a little different than I thought it would be based on the title. I saw this audiobook while it was on sale at Audible recently and decided to buy it largely because of the title and the narrator. I thought that it would be a book completely focused on the killer alluded to in the title. That's not exactly what the book was. It's focus was not just on the killer but the entire building's tenants. Everything came together in the end and I did enjoy the story.

There are a lot of characters that make up this story. Each of these people have their own story to tell and as the book unfolds we do learn quite a bit about them. This group of individuals have more than their fair share of problems. I loved how they became close to each other as things happened. The friendships that developed felt very real.

Of course, there were a couple of characters that were anything but lovable. The landlord was a piece of work that made my skin crawl anytime we took a peek at his thoughts. Then there is the killer. These sections were actually some of my favorite in the story but I tend to like stories that are rather gruesome but not all readers will enjoy those parts as much as I did.

I thought the narrator did a fabulous job. There are a lot of characters to keep straight in this book and they do spend a lot of time interacting with each other. The narrator was able to use distinctive voices for each character and seamlessly switched back and forth. I never had any difficulty keeping track of who was who in the story. I do think that I liked this story a bit more because I chose the audio format. The narrator really brought a lot to the story.

I would recommend this audiobook to others. I think that the strong characters and the mystery of the killer worked well together in this story. This is the first book by Alex Marwood that I have read but I plan to look for her work in the future. ( )
  Carolesrandomlife | Oct 14, 2016 |
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No. 23 has a secret.in this gloomy bedsit-riddled south London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, a horrifying collection quietly waits to be discovered. yet all six residents have something to hide.

Collette is on the run from her ex-boss; Cher is an under-age 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 neighbours into an uneasy alliance. But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on the next victim...

As a cloying heatwave suffocates the city, events build to an electrifying climax in this brilliantly constructed, tightly paced thriller.
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"A taut new psychological thriller from the Edgar Award-nominated author of The Wicked Girls Alex Marwood's debut novel, The Wicked Girls, earned her lavish praise from the likes of Stephen King, Laura Lippman, and Erin Kelly, and was shortlisted for an Edgar Award. Now Marwood's back with a brilliant, tightly paced thriller that will keep you up at night and make you ask yourself: just how well do you know your neighbors? Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didn't, they wouldn't be renting rooms in a dodgy old building for cash-no credit check, no lease. It's the kind of place you end up when you you've run out of other options. The six residents mostly keep to themselves, but one unbearably hot summer night, a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance. What they don't know is that one of them is a killer. He's already chosen his next victim, and he'll do anything to protect his secret"--… (more)

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