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The Neighbour

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,125 ratings  ·  345 reviews

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

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 4th 2019 by Macmillan
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Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fiona Cummins has established herself as a crime writer with strong elements of creepiness, menace and horror. All these elements are present in this standalone psychological thriller, set in Essex, where a serial killer, dubbed 'The Dollmaker' by the media, has claimed a fifth victim discovered in Blatches Wood, next to The Avenue. The police team are led by DCI Clive 'Mac' Mackie, under severe pressure and under the threat of being removed from the inquiry. With tensions growing in the team, t ...more
Chelsea Humphrey
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Laura Rash
Wow, this was incredible! It's safe to say that Fiona Cummins upcoming novel The Neighbour has kicked my reading slump to the curb! Now, the question is, will it create a new reading slump in its place? ;) Highly recommended and full review to come once I process my thoughts.

*Thanks Laura for sharing your ARC with me!
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*To be published in the US under the title The Family Next Door. Release Date: January 28th, 2020. Available to request on Netgalley.*

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
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This is my first Fiona Cummins book. From the opening paragraph I was totally hooked and completely thrown headfirst into this chilling but compelling story!!

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
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
With another psychological thriller, Fiona Cummins shakes the reader to the core as they wonder who might be watching them from behind a covered window. In a small Essex town, there have been a handful of murders that cannot be explained. The eerie sense of something wrong is concentrated on The Avenue, a residential area where the homeowners can only wonder who might be behind the crimes. The bodies appear peaceful, with no marks left on them, save the eyes removed and replaced with fakes. The ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
The Avenue, is an idyllic neighborhood in Essex with tree lined streets and gardens exploding in rainbow colored blossoms. Anyone would be proud to call this home, right?


Talk about a neighborhood filled with creepers and weirdos. Everyone on this street has secrets and it's time for them to spill.


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

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.


This was my first book by this author and I'll be certain to pick up more from he
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
What a dark and creepy read that was!! Would not want to live on that street! A fantastic story that sucked me in from the start. Really enjoyed it
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: one noticed a small girl - the youngest of the group - back away from the puppet theatre with its dead crow's head and limp feathers, stumbling over her best shoes, finding her way to a storeroom that should have been locked.

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
Liz Barnsley
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Well you know I’d been looking forward to this one, turns out for good reason, because when I read crime THIS is exactly what I’m looking for.
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
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I always think the reason novels that reminds us of the possibility that we are living in close proximity to a criminal or a potential criminal are so successful is no-one wants to think about that in too much detail. It's a scary thought and one you can do little about. Ms Cummins plays on those fears perfectly creating her best thriller to date, but it is also so much more than that. It breaks murder down to look at its impact on the community and its people, and the author expertly crafts a c ...more
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I'm honestly not sure what to say about this book.

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.
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Moving into a new house can be stressful, though the Lockwood’s hopes for a fresh start in the normally quite Essex street might be more than they’ve bargained for.
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
Garrick and Olivia Lockwood couldn’t have afforded to buy number 25 The Avenue if the bodies had not been discovered in the woods behind their home.

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
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers
This book grabbed me from the first page it was gore & guts as the author described the bodies that were found behind 25 the Avenue, the Lockwood's move into the home, they also know the gruesome past the home has with its secrets, but they are looking forward to living there.

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
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

3.5 stars

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.
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**3.5 stars**

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
Emma Garland
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Garrick and Olivia Lockwood move into 25 the avenue with their two children, they can’t believe how cheap the house was. In a seemingly quiet suburban neighbourhood on the brink of Blatches woods, it’s the perfect project. Planning to resell after renovation, It’s the ideal tempory stop for the family to collect themselves. However they get far more than they bargained for. Sinister things are happening on the avenue and the body count has just been raised. The police are beside themselves ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4 - 5 ⭐️
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 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
The Book Review Café
The Neighbour is a stand-alone psychological thriller from Fiona Cummins, and very different in tone to Rattle and The Collector (I loved both books). So I opened this book with some trepidation, and the reason for my trepidation? I have read many crime thrillers with “neighbours” as the main theme, so I wasn’t convinced the author could come up with a plot that would standout from the crowd. As usual, any doubts I had were dismissed once I read the prologue and the first couple of chapters. The ...more
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Neighbour (also titled The Family Next Door) is the third novel by award-winning British journalist and author, Fiona Cummins. While the house at Number 25 The Avenue may have been a bargain purchase, for the Lockwood family the move to this Essex village from their rambling former vicarage in Cheshire is a reluctant downsizing. And on the afternoon they move in, police have flooded the village coordinating the removal of a corpse from nearby Blatches Woods, the fifth victim of a serial kill ...more
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow this book was brilliant. It was entertaining from start to finish. This book had everything you could want in a book. I liked how it had chapters from the neighbours and that everyone had a secret so everyone was suspicious. I had my suspicions but I wasn’t right until I twigged at the end. There was some really heartbreaking pages in the book which made me feel so sad. It just shows you never know what really goes on behind closed doors. It had a wide variety of people in the book who were ...more
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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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
Laura Rash
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well this one gave me a real case of the creeps! People watching people watch people. Murders from past and present collide and make for one intense story. This was a great book to read with Halloween coming near but could be read any time for a good thriller with a kick! Great characters!
Thanks so much to the author for this very early copy:)
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FOR SALE: A lovely family home with a good-sized garden and treehouse occupying a plot close to woodland. Perfect for kids, fitness enthusiasts, dog walkers . .. sounds perfect doesn’t it? but there’s a catch the area where the house stands is the hunting ground for a serial killer dubbed the Doll Maker. This doesn’t stop the Lockwood family moving into their new home on The Avenue. Even before the removal vans unload, a fifth body is found in nearby Woods. The police seem to be struggling for l ...more
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Oh my gosh, this book literally had me holding my breath! This book was amazing, disturbing and suspenseful. The writing was superb, the characters were very realistic and well-developed, and the plot moved along at a fast page-turning pace. And as with any thriller, there was a plot/character twist but I guarantee that you won’t see it coming or be able to figure out whodunit.

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.
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy this. The characters were unlikeable and 2 dimensional and the red herrings were annoying. It's unbelievable that so many deeply flawed characters all lived on one quiet street. ...more
Such a powerful, disturbing, gripping and dark and sinister novel! Fiona Cummins is the master of mood and it's taken to new levels here. At times, I found its menace too much to cope with and had to break away to read elsewhere but I was always looking forward to returning to it. Review to follow closer to publication on For Winter Nights. 4.5 stars rounded up to 5. ...more
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Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, pan-mac
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.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ended up really liking this book even though it was hard to get into as so many characters were introduced at the very beginning and I had trouble figuring out who was who. It ticks all the boxes I like in a thriller though: mysterious characters, long-buried deceptions, lies, and obsessions. Five bodies are discovered in the woods, no sign of trauma, and no clear decisions about cause of death. There's no suspect and it appears everyone on the street is hiding some sort of secret--even the ne ...more
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Fiona Cummins is an award-winning former Daily Mirror showbusiness journalist and a graduate of the Faber Academy Writing A Novel course. She lives in Essex with her family. Rattle is her first novel.

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