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Love Thy Neighbor

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  582 Ratings  ·  108 Reviews

Clark Hayden is a graduate student trying to help his mother navigate through the loss of his father while she continues to live in their house near Washington DC. With his mother’s diminishing mental capacity becoming the norm, Clark expects a certain amount of craziness as he heads home for the holidays. What he couldn’t possibly anticipate, though, is
Paperback, 438 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Story Plant, The (first published January 1st 2011)
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Oct 11, 2013 Katy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of suspense/thrillers
Recommended to Katy by: Spread the Word initiative
Shelves: ebook, net-galley
My Thoughts: I need to start right off by saying I am more than a bit confused by something – and I apologize that this is a bit of a spoiler, but it occurs very early in the book and there are plenty of other surprises to be seen – but I’m very surprised that a woman is put in charge of an Islamic terrorist cell. Women are treated as second-class citizens by most Islamic fundamentalists, from my understanding, even if that is not what the Koran teaches, and it doesn’t make any sense to me that ...more
Feb 17, 2012 Old_airman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2012
What a wild ride. So many characters. So much interaction. Good guys who are bad. Bad guys who are good. Young ones taking care of their elders who are in turn showing the way. I recommend this to everyone who wants a thriller that pushes the reader to think and challenge stereotypes.
Feb 12, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012


Published by The Story Plant
ISBN-10: 1611880343
ISBN-13: 978-1611880342
At the request of The Story Plant, an ARC digital edition was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest opinion.

Synopsis (from the publisher): Clark Hayden is a graduate student trying to help his mother navigate through the loss of his father while she continues to live in their house near Washington DC. With his mother’s diminishing mental capacity becoming the norm, Clark expects a certain amou
Judi/Judith Riddle
Aug 19, 2015 Judi/Judith Riddle rated it really liked it
Mark Gilleo does an outstanding job on his debut novel, Love Thy Neighbor. The prologue is a true and frightening account of his mother calling the CIA because of suspicious activity in her neighbor’s house. Because she suffered from dementia the authorities ignored her only to discover after 9/11 that one of the terrorist cells did, in fact, spend time in the house next door.

The author has rewritten this event with an abundance of poetic license and weaves a remarkable version of nonstop actio
Patricia Ibarra
Oct 02, 2016 Patricia Ibarra rated it it was amazing
Clark Hayden is a graduate student who decides to go back home and help his ailing mother, who has some age-related mental capacity reduction. His neighbors are a Muslim family who were very nice to his mother while he was away. Without ever imagining it, he is soon caught in the middle of a terrorist operation. He feels that the police are not moving sufficiently fast and he decides to get involved with his own investigation. The book is full of twists and turns and with so detailed that we ...more
Apr 01, 2012 Inga rated it it was amazing
My review:

Love thy Neighbor caught me by surprise. When I got the invitation to participate on the blog tour, I hesitated. The reason behind my hesitation was simply that the book was almost 500 pages and it seemed like a political thriller/suspense to me. As soon as I read the author's note that the book is based on what could look like a true story, I gave it a chance. I am glad that I did.

Love thy Neighbor started out slowly for my taste, but later in the book you understand the need for lot
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
May 01, 2012 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: Partners In Crime Tours
Wow! This book really took me by surprise! For starters, it's fantastically written by a super talented author, and it's a debut. Second, I was blown away by the fact that it gripped me so completely. I started this yesterday morning and had it finished by 2am this morning. I was that hooked on the plot. Gilleo took complex characters, and intriguing, nearly real-life plot line and combined the two to turn out a novel that will not only grip you, but throw you around emotionally and set you done ...more
b00k r3vi3ws
Apr 12, 2012 b00k r3vi3ws rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copy
Clark, a tech student, returns home in order to take care of his frail mother. Age and recent loss of her husband was taking its toll on Maria’s health. So he had decided to come back home to take care of her, attend classes remotely and write his thesis. Well, that was his plan. He had realized that this was going to bring some changes in his life, but what he didn’t realize was how big a change was in store for him. Maria throws caution to the winds by reporting terrorist activities in her ...more
Ryder Islington
May 03, 2012 Ryder Islington rated it liked it
BOOK REVIEW: Love Thy Neighbor by Mark Gilleo

Review by Ryder Islington

High praise for the plot of Love Thy Neighbor. Clark Hayden is a graduate student who returns home to stay with his mother, Maria, a victim of dementia. Strange things start happening in the neighborhood, including a visit to Maria’s house in the middle of the night by three Middle-Eastern looking men. Enter the FBI. Followed by the DC Police. And the CIA. And then there is the IRS agent who is auditing Maria and her deceased
Jan 28, 2014 Marnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
So how well do you know your neighbors? Me, I lived in same home for 9 years and can only name a handful and can only tell you when I see them moving in. This for most of us, is the reality. As for this book,a young man comes home to take care of his elderly mother. He thinks he knows them all, but becomes a bit of what we would think as a nosy neighbor. By doing this, he uncovers a few new murders, and a family gone missing that actually is a terrorist. He, his new girlfriend from the IRS, and ...more
Jan 29, 2014 Marti rated it it was amazing
Most books that I read don't get five stars--in fact many lately have only been rated three stars. This is a real stunner. Almost college graduate Clark comes home from Virginia Tech and the Robotics competition in Japan to take care of his mother, who is having mental problems. Strange things start happening in the neighborhood--people disappearing, two deaths and a house burning down. It turns out that the Pakistani woman is a terrorist who enlists the help of some others in a plot to kill ...more
Jo Linsdell
Mar 23, 2012 Jo Linsdell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love thy Neighbour is an exciting read from start to finish. Mark Gilleo shows a talent for creating suspense as he unfolds a story all too relevant to events that have taken place in the real world over recent years.

I highly recommend this book and I'll definitely be on the look out for more titles by this author.
May 11, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Neighbors ... do you ever really KNOW them and all their activities that occur right under your nose?

Clark Hayden is a twenty-five year old graduate student at Virginia Tech, who moves back home to Arlington, VA to take care of his elderly mother who has a diminished mental capacity, and is still grieving the death of her husband from two years ago. Clark comes home over the Christmas holiday expecting some craziness from his mom, but he did not expect to find out that she is being audited by th
Viviane Crystal
Mar 22, 2012 Viviane Crystal rated it really liked it
Clark Hayden is a very bright graduate student doing specialized work in robotics. But for now he has decided to move back in with his mother who is slowly beginning to demonstrate diminished ability to remember and often breaks out in strange behavior. But she's also taking multiple medications that could have the same effect on a personality, so what is one to think when she sees some strange gentlemen whom she believes to be terrorists? Even more, how is that when she calls the CIA, they ...more
Alan Williams
Mar 29, 2012 Alan Williams rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
I had a feeling about this book from the moment I read the author’s introduction, that I was going to like it.

Clark Hayden is a student returning home, to look after his mother while he finishes his studies, his mum’s mental state is deteriorating and his father passed away some time before. It’s not long before Clark is embroiled in an IRS investigation into his parent’s affairs, and suspicious goings on in the neighbourhood, with a terror cell getting ready to strike.

The story is very well str
Apr 20, 2012 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2012
How well do you know your neighbors?

Clark Hayden, a graduate student, moves home to try to help his mother get through the loss of his father. The neighbors have been doing their best looking out for and taking care of her but her diminished mental status seems to be escalating. He knows it is time to come home. He gets there just in time for her holiday party and gets to thank the neighbors for what they have done. He also arrives home just in time to find out his mother is being audited by the
Jan 24, 2014 Teresa rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-read
I really enjoyed this book. However, there were many areas that were forced and made to work for the story, not flowing in a natural way.
A grad student returns to his mother's home to care for her, gets caught up in neighbor's lives which progresses to terrorists, FBI, CIA, IRS and any other governmental departments with acronyms you want to throw into the story. Clark, the main character, easily moves into all these government entities without much trouble, becoming a believable source to them
Mar 26, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
Love Thy Neighbour follows the lives of two neighbours. One is Clark Hayden who has returned from university to look after his mother who is rapidly sucumbing to dementia in the wake of her husbands recent death. The other is the polite subserviant Pakistani wife, Ariana Amin.

Maria Hayden throws the neighbourly trust into disarray when she informs the authorities that she believes three terrorists turned up on her doorstep.Police officers make a half-hearted enquiry and infer that Maria’s mental
Jan 22, 2014 Deb rated it liked it
I picked this as a free book on my Amazon Prime membership. I was intrigued by the hook - a true event. In 1999 a suburban Virginia woman called the CIA to report that some terrorists were living across the street from her. She was dismissed as a crank. And then in the aftermath of 9/11, the investigation led to an address in the woman's neighborhood, right across the street from her. The woman in question was the author's mother, and this was the seed for this novel of suspense.

The story follow
Misty Rayburn
Mar 29, 2012 Misty Rayburn rated it it was amazing
Clark Hayden expected some craziness as he headed home for the holidays. His mother’s mental health is failing and she’s still trying to move on from the loss of his father. Little did he know that the craziness he ended up in would have nothing to do with her and everything to do with a newly activated terrorist cell which happens to be across the street.

The most chilling thing about Love Thy Neighbor is the fact that it could really happen. Anyone can write a thriller with dashing heroes and l
Apr 09, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
My Opinion:
I enjoyed the story a lot. I certainly felt that this could happen in my neighborhood, right under my nose and I would never know. Clark moves back home to live with his mother, who is going crazy if that is what you want to call it. We are told the background on his mom and basically she is old and just lost her husband and Clark feels it’s his duty to take care of her now. I agree. Then we get started on this tale of terrorism and government operations. There is a lot of POV switchi
Sally Smith
Aug 15, 2012 Sally Smith rated it really liked it
This was a great thriller. The reason why I read it in the first place was because of the author's prologue where he says that a woman from Vienna, VA called the CIA in 1999 reporting potential terrorists living across from her in her middle class neighborhood. She had seen "strange men of seemingly Middle-Eastern descent using their cell phones in the yard, middle-of-the-night meetings with bumper-to-bumper curbside parking, ... a constant flow of young men who seemed to stay without ...more
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
Clark is definitely somebody I would like living next door to me! He is smart, loves his parents, and isn't afraid to stand up for what he knows is right -- even if it might cost him his life! It is a series of "dumb luck" instances that begins to feed his growing suspicion that not everything is as it appears in his humble neighborhood. He begins to follow his gut and it leads him on a journey from the IRS to the CIA to the FBI and from Washington, DC to the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. ...more
May 07, 2012 Emily rated it it was ok
This book took me almost two full months to read. The story/action were great, but I was not a fan of the writing and some of the cruder language used and I am a crude language user! It just seemed unnecessary and distracting from the very exciting story that was playing out. As in, did the writer NEED to say, "he shook his friend when he was done????" The answer is no, he did not.

Maybe I went into this with more expectations, but the writing style just wasn't my thing. The story? intriguing and
Apr 20, 2014 Pat rated it it was amazing
Clark Hayden is a graduate student trying to help his mother navigate through the loss of his father while she continues to live in their house near Washington DC. With his mother's diminishing mental capacity becoming the norm, Clark expects a certain amount of craziness as he heads home for the holidays. What he couldn't possibly anticipate, though, is that he would find himself catapulted into the middle of the terrorist operation. As the holiday festivities reach a crescendo, a terrorist ...more
Kerry Clair
May 27, 2014 Kerry Clair rated it liked it
I liked almost all of this book. I wish we could give half stars. It's more than a three but not quite a four.

Some thing a really were weird though. For one an Islamic submissive woman gets a phone call in the middle of the night and he dominant husband doesn't even ask who it is! That's weird. This isn't a spoiler as it doesn't give away anything and happens very early in the book.

The end was also not believable. A young college kid is giving suggestions and solving crime better than a season
Apr 12, 2012 V.R. rated it really liked it
This was a really enjoyable book. I didn’t know what to expect going in, but I wasn’t disappointed. Lots of unexpected twists and turns. Being a native of the D.C. area I loved the author’s details about the area, especially Jammin’ Java. Loved that place!
The pacing is very well done in this story. Gilleo gives you just enough to pique your interest, but without giving you too much. He does a great job of keeping the mystery going. The subplots were also well done, adding just enough to be inter
Lisa Buchinski
Feb 05, 2014 Lisa Buchinski rated it it was amazing
What starts out as a college student returning home to care for his mother turns into a thriller of twists & turns focusing on his neighbors across the street. I loved his developments of the characters. from the story-telling Stanley to the ornery Mrs Crowley, Ariel & even Clark as the main character. It was a page turner that kept unfolding with one development after the next from terroristic planning & undermining, martyrdom, & the secret collaboration of Clark & Det. ...more
Kathleen Kelly
May 29, 2012 Kathleen Kelly rated it it was amazing
Love Thy Neighbor by Mark Gilleo is a suspenseful thriller about terrorism at its most evil. I do not want to go into detail with the plot other than to say that it was scary to think that this could very well happen in our country or anywhere for that matter, especially after 9/11. A very intricate plot, believable characters, scary situations and definitely well researched. I was engrossed in this story from the author's note and it did not stop until I turned the last page. An excellent debut ...more
Aug 22, 2014 Joanne rated it it was ok
I received Love Thy Neighbor as a free Nook book and for me, that is what it was worth. It is a spy story about a Muslim sleeper cell in the US. What really upset me was how preposterous it was. A student and an FBI agent were able to do things that would be impossible. I wonder how many Muslim women lead sleeper cells although she was brilliant. I also found some of the writing stereotyped. But, saying all that, I did finish the book because it did keep moving along, although I didn't need all ...more
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“The interrogation and banter [with the IRS auditor] went on until lunch. In the process, Clark learned a valuable lesson that all Americans figure out sooner or later: if the government wants to fuck you, it is only a matter of when and what position they prefer. KY is optional and applied purely at the government's discretion.” 1 likes
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