The gripping crime thriller of the year with a twist you’ll never see coming . . .
FOR SALE: A lovely family home with good-sized garden and treehouse occupying a plot close to woodland. Perfect for kids, fitness enthusiasts, dog walkers . . .
And, it seems, the perfect hunting ground for a serial killer.
On a hot July day, Garrick and Olivia Lockwood and their two childr...more
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Every chapter was teeth-chattering chilling!
The Lockwood family's removal van pulls up outside their new home at 25 The Avenue.
Lights and sirens sound in the distance. The police and forensic van screeches to a halt outside the neighbourhood entrance to Blatches Woods – thirty seven acres of greenery right on the Lockwood's doorstep.
Three hours later they bring ou ...more
The Lockwood family move to The Avenue on the coast of Essex. Garrick is an Architect and has bought the house for a real bargain, he plans to extend it and then sell at a later date to make a profit.
There is a serial killer amongst the residents of The Avenue and there have been 5 victims so far. All of the neighbours seem to have their o ...more
Talk about a neighborhood filled with creepers and weirdos. Everyone on this street has secrets and it's time for them to spill.
PASS ME THE POPCORN!
Do porcelain dolls and puppets frighten you? Well, you may want to skip the Grand Reopening at the Doll & Fancy Dress Emporium.
Oh, did I mention there is a serial kil ...more
Imagine you're standing there innocently enough and then someone starts throwing random jigsaw puzzle pieces at your head. It feels kinda weird, and you stand their rubbing your forehead in mild annoyance but mostly confusion, until you look down and realise that all of the puzzle pieces at your feet are starting to resemble a pretty impressive picture.
That's what reading this book felt like.
IT WAS AWESOME.
This was my first book by this author and I'll be certain to pick up more from he ...more
No one saw her scramble between the old boxes and piles of dust sheets, tears wetting her face, or stopped her squeezing through racks of fraying costumes, spiderwebs catching in her hair, until she found herself crouching behind a deep, wooden chest, curios ...more
From the haunting opening to the emotional hit of an ending, The Neighbour is a brilliantly creepy, so so beautifully written and totally absorbing crime drama, that will have you looking at your own neighbours with side glancing suspicion.
On The Avenue, secrets and lies are everywhere, a serial killer hides in plain sight and as readers we are given ...more
The first 20% was all over the place and I was feeling pretty frustrated. But then things started coming together, and I was engrossed. The red herrings were good, each and every one with dark secrets of their own. I thought to myself frequently, "This is one effed up neighborhood." About halfway through, I suspected who the killer was, and was ultimately proven correct. At that point, unfortunately, the story lost some of its urgency for me. ...more
As the family move into 25 The Avenue a fifth body in what the press have dubbed the serial killer as ‘The Doll Maker’ has also been discovered...
With each victims eyes being replaced with fakes, these creepy deaths makes it seem that the owner of the fancy dress emporium is the prime suspect.
All of the chapters are so short that it’s ...more
But they figured, once the crimes were solved and they had finished remodeling, they would sell for a profit.
The moving van packed with their furniture and their hopes arrived-accidentally clipping the Rhododendron bushes...(loosely quoted)
Excerpt: “But as the heat trembled in the air around them, this family had no idea of how they would come to pr ...more
From Across the street neighbours are watching knowing the dangers they are in, four move in but only one comes out the press calls the killer THE DOLL MAKER this was a gruesome read very graphic but well written for me i ...more
Former Daily Mirror journalist and award winning author Fiona Cummins brings her readers The Neighbour, a chilling standalone thriller, following the success of her first two novels, Rattle and The Collector. The Neighbour is a dark and menacing tale, set in an ordinary suburban location, with extraordinary secrets. This novel will have you shaking in your boots, in a bid to uncover the true identity of the killer that lurks somewhere on The Avenue. ...more
The Neighbour by Fiona Cummins. (2019).
On a hot July day, Garrick and Olivia with their two children move into a house on The Avenue for a fresh start. They arrive in the middle of a frenzy: there is a local serial killer. The neighbours seem to be the picture of community spirit but everyone has secrets. After six months on the case with no real leads, the most recent murder has turned DS Wildeve's life upside down and now ...more
Well. The start immediately grabs your attention and makes you sit bolt upright. However, the first few chapters whilst they are of brace yourself calibre left me feeling a bit confused.com. Once you’ve overcome this initial bewilderment the frantic, tense, dark, twisty, scary and bone shakingly good story grabs your total attention.
The story centres around a series of murders by a serial killer christened by some The Dollmaker. I don’t know about anyone else but I find old dolls rather ...more
This book is everything I want in a crime novel!
Fiona Cummins strikes the perfect balance between suspense, creepiness and realism as we're taken into the world of residents on The Avenue, where a spate of killings has taken place. Each character seems to have their own secrets, and I felt that they were all surprisingly realistic too - many are people I can imagine running into in any town, and their intertwining stories kept me completely gripped.
Every so of ...more
Thanks so much to the author for this very early copy:)
I don’t get scared easily but I love to psych myself out and I was able to do so from the very first page of this book. ...more
I almost gave up on this book at about 30 pages. It was dark and chilling, like a horror story and much too creepy for my tastes. After checking out a few reviews and finding they were all glowing 5 stars I decided to give it another 100 pages. Well I was hooked!
The darkness and horror dissipated and was replaced by a compelling mystery full of twists, turns and red herrings. There are a lot of characters to keep track of and they all have their secrets. ...more