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The Perfect Neighbours by Rachel Sargeant

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List Price: £9.99


Paperback: 334 Pages.

Published: 25 January 2018 by Killer Reads

Edition: Digital original

ISBN: 0008276749

EAN: 9780008276744

An addictive psychological thriller from a new star in the genre. When Helen moves into an exciting new neighbourhood, she finds herself in a web of evil with no escape

Behind the shutters lies a devastating secret…

When Helen moves abroad with her loving husband Gary, she can’t wait to meet her fellow expat teachers from the local International School. But her new start is about to become her worst nightmare…

As soon as the charming family across the way welcome Helen into their home, she begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. Then Gary starts to behave strangely and a child goes missing, vanished without a trace.

When violence and tragedy strike, cracks appear in the community, and Helen realises her perfect neighbours are capable of almost anything…


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Lots of Questions

Helen is the new wife who comes into a settled ex-pat community in Germany set around an international school. She quickly finds it all a bit overpowering and claustopobic. Her husband Gary is away teaching all day and she feels bombarded by Louisa, the headmaster's wife, to conform and join in all that she does. From coffee mornings to the school shop from the swimming club to the local outdoor pool, Louisa has a finger in every pie. These are the perfect neighbours - keen to get Helen involved but they all have secrets which could blow the community apart.

Helen isn't really someone who joins in with all the paraphanelia which goes on around a school. She may be a teacher's wife but she has no desire to be on all the committees and attend all the coffee mornings. She sees Louisa's welcome as intimidating and forceful. On the other hand, Louisa  is just so keen that she wants to include everyone and sees it as a personal slight when Helen finds excuses. Who is right - well both of them of course. We have all met people like this and eventually they will settle down together if allowed. Unfortunately events get in the way and Louisa sees Helen's reluctance to get involved as a deliberate attack. Peace is shattered.

The relationship between these two women is central to the book. It creates the atmosphere of distrust and allows a chink for other people to edge into the perfect community. Who kidnapped Murdo and ransacked the houses? Was it the strange German Helen met at the pool, so her fault? Or was it someone closer to home.

All the way through this book there are questions being asked. Who is as they seem? Any of the community? Is Mel as mentally unwell as she seems? Is her husband Chris really making a film or is he downright creepy? Is there anyone in the community who is really as they seem or even particularly nice? Actually these people are quite realistic and I feel the author has created them well.

There is an excellent plot which builds up to a very satisfying ending. Throughout the book is another occasional thread about Fiona. Is this relevent and what connection does it have to the main plot? Actually this was quite a suprise and not what I had anticipated.

I did enjoy this book. There were a lot of things to hang onto throughout the pages. Don't miss any of the little clues - they all become relevant in the end. I thought it was well constructed with very believable people acting in ways that fitted with their personalities. I would certainly seek out another book by this author.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

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