Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic

You never really know all about the person you live with.  Everyone has some secrets.  But in some instances, what you don't know might kill you...

Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.

The author has his characters each take turns writing a chapter so you get the story from two points of view.  At first, it didn't provide the continuity I would like but as the story went on, it got better.

This is about fathers who abuse their children.  Some is mental abuse, some is physical abuse but it's the type of hurt that can permanently alter a child.    Syd has been broken and is trying to heal.  She trusts and loves Jack.  Jack loves her.  But will that be enough?

The story is filled with tension and psychological trauma.  It moves right along and makes you wonder what's coming next.

I hate this subject matter.  There's a lot of pain in the world but I just cannot imagine a father who enjoys controlling and hurting his own child.  It's out there and we get an insight into how these girls were effected and how Syd finally overcame her problems.  It's twisted tale and it's not the best solution but it does the job.  And Jack and Syd have no secrets between them...

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