The Good Neighbour by R. J. Parker (2021) Review

It is always a good thing when the author makes you like the murderer more than you do the cop!

The Good Neighbour release date is finally here!!

Martin Tate, our mysterious murderer and crime entrepreneur is enticing, likeable and makes you want to know what his motivations are. He has no moral and no remorse and yet, given the opportunity does not kill Leah, our protagonist who has an accident and ends up at the wrong place at the right time.

After her accident, Leah finds her way to the first house she sees, where Martin lets her in and helps her get AA and her way back home.

The next day, Leah goes back to thank him with a bottle of wine, only to find the cops investigating a murder. Who died? Was that even Martin’s house? Where is he and why didn’t he also kill Leah?

What happens next is a thrilling action-packed game of cat and mouse that got me, curiously enough, cheering for Martin and at the same time wanting to know what else he has done and could still do. What are his plans for Leah, and will he get away with anything?

I really enjoyed the two main characters, even though I felt the side characters felt short and were extremely unlikable.

Parker managed to build a suspenseful atmosphere, and even though I had the wrong expectation going into the book (I thought this was a dark psychological thriller), I was not mad at the fast-paced action driven story. I am thankful to Parker and this book, as this is a subgenre I had never tried and wasn’t sure I was going to like! I love when being proved wrong means that the world of books for me to read is expanded!

The plot was not very original, but I feel that the execution made up for it. In fact, I had The Dinner Party on my kindle shelf, and moved right up my reading list! Can’t wait to read more from this author!

On a side yet very important note – how gorgeous is that cover? That yellow will brighten up anyone’s shelf!

Thank you, One More Chapter, R.J. Parker and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced copy of “The Good Neighbour” in exchange for an honest review. #netgalley #thegoodneighbour

Enjoyability     8

Characters       5

Ambience        8

Fairness          10

Plot                  8

Execution        10

My total rating: 4.08

Review for this book included in this video: https://youtu.be/WixTJ_WPyuY

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