Review – The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood

killer next doorFor the past few months I have been obsessed with reading mysteries, thrillers and crime novels.  When done well they are almost unbeatable for sheer enjoyment.  When I saw The Killer Next Door on the Penguin First to Read page, I thought this would be a great one to try.  A new-to-me author who has a blurb by Stephen King.  Can’t lose, right?

I’m not even sure how to describe the plot for this one so I’ll leave that to Goodreads:

“…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.”

Here’s the deal – this one was just okay.  I expected more.  The first thing that struck me was the writing.  It was in third person and the first half included a lot of “he”, “she” sentences that seemed way too basic.

Also, it wasn’t really scary.  It was disgusting in parts but I didn’t feel any tension or build up.  Honestly I figured out the twist pretty early on so it was a little disappointing.

Overall, I would give this one 2/5 stars.  There was definite potential here so I would try another by the author but this just didn’t work for me.

Thanks to Penguin for providing an e-copy as part of the First to Read program.

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