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The Killer Next Door

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  7,945 ratings  ·  1,006 reviews
No. 23 has a secret. In this bedsit-riddled south London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, something waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide.

Collette and Cher are on the run; Thomas is a reluctant loner; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a 'quiet man' nobody sees try to stay hidden. And watching over them all is Vesta - or so
Paperback, 387 pages
Published June 19th 2014 by Sphere (first published December 5th 2013)
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 Li'l Owl
Wow! I did not see that coming! Not in a million years! Great book! Imogene Church narrated this book above and beyond, again, as is her trademark. You really get to know the individual characters in the book whenever Imogene is telling any story. She can make you FEEL the emotions surrounding the characters, the intensity, the drama! Yes! Read it!

Someone asked a question about rating this book, 1 being a book you could read to your children, 10 will give you nightmares. I would rate it about a
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
What a clever, entertaining read this was! (Some gory scenes, so not for the faint-hearted)

I just saw that I forgot to review this, oops! Now that some time as passed, this review is going to be more generic than most, as I can barely remember what I had to eat last night let alone all the intricate details to this wicked thriller.

The plot revolves around the tenants that reside in a run down boarding house. All strangers who are forced to interact, even when they are trying their best to hide f
Originally posted on The Book Nympho

Quick summary
The story centers around the tenants at 34 Beulah Road outside of London. One of them is a serial killer, referred to as "The Lover." What's bizarre is that no one even knows the women he's abducted and killed are missing, let alone there being a murderer in their midst.

What I "enjoyed"
Each tenant has their own circumstances that make this an interesting book. Their backstories are told from each person's perspective, some heartbreaking and other
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, audiobooks
Rating: 4 Stars

I had so much fun with this book. This was my first audiobook experience so it could have went either way. When I first heard the narrator; changing her voice to suit the various characters (including an old lady, a Middle Eastern man, and a 15 year old girl brimming with attitude I honestly didn't know what to think. I ended up loving it! The narrator was great. I recall on a handful of occasions laughing out loud, or saying something like "Oh no he didn't!!!" I noticed myself ta
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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This was a little different than I thought it would be based on the title. I saw this audiobook while it was on sale at Audible recently and decided to buy it largely because of the title and the narrator. I thought that it would be a book completely focused on the killer alluded to in the title. That's not exactly what the book was. It's focus was not just on the killer but the entire building's tenants. Everything came together in the end a
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel begins with one of the residents of a boarding house being interviewed about a crime which has taken place there; so the fact that there is, literally, a killer next door, is not a plot spoiler. However, this is much more than a thriller or a crime novel - it is a slice of London life and a story of the anonymity of the city. Having revealed that one of the bedsits of the Victorian house in Beulah Grove have contained a murderer, the story slips back in time to reveal the inhabitants ...more
Aug 25, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
What can I say except after reading "The Wicked Girls," which was just amazing, "The Killer Next Door" was a huge disappointment. I had such a hard time reading this novel as I found it quite mundane; my interest kept wavering. I almost gave up a few times but I trudged on, and on, and on. Even the characters were lackadaisical. The killer was of course screwed in the head, but even he came across as a bore. What really bugged me was the way the story was written; all from third person, and all ...more
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A rundown boarding house in London is home to jaded, toxic tenants and appalling secrets.

As the characters' lives crumble before our eyes, Marwood slowly reveals the hideous secret that gives this compelling book its title.

One of the most chilling books I've read in years.
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Sometimes you don’t want to know your neighbors. In this instance that is so true for at least five in this tenement of six. That’s because the odd person out happens to be a killer. Of course the others don’t know this - yet. They each have something to hide. That makes them sound as sinister as the killer, which is not the case. One is a recluse; two or three are on the run, or hiding from the past; and one has lived here all her life.

That could make for a lot of stories, and therein lays part
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Brilliant Twists & Turns

Alex Marwood who had critically acclaimed word of mouth success with The Wicked Girls has written another brilliant thriller which I am positive will also be critically acclaimed, The Killer Next Door. This is a brilliant second thriller which covers all the bases for a psychological thriller of the highest order.

Collette who has been on the run from her villainous ex-boss whom she happened to steal a large quantity of money from has been chased all over Europe and is try
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
4.5 stars (extra half star for pure entertainment value)
What an intricate and clever story!
Several unlikely characters come together in one house and lots of things happen!
I don't want to give away any spoilers but this is a mish-mash of serial killer/gritty realism/mystery/family drama.
Set in London in hot summer this is a great holiday read!
I should mention that it is rather gruesome and graphic and a bit gross so may not be your idea of a holiday read (yes there is something wrong with me th
Jan 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people living in crappy London apartment buildings, creepy landlords, serial killers
I picked up this book, one of Audible's Daily Deals, on the strength of Alex Marwood's last book, The Wicked Girls, and now Marwood has joined my list of authors to follow - she tells a good story, she's carving out a niche for herself, and so far she's avoided the series trap.

Marwood's niche seems to be "Lower-class British crime thrillers." "Lower-class" referring to the characters, not the books. In The Wicked Girls, we got a look at the lives of two girls who'd gotten into trouble as teenage
I became attached to this motley crew of characters who are all so completely unique. The tenants in this apartment building know and watch out for each other with the exception of their slum landlord. Each of them have a secret that if revealed could be their demise. This in itself makes them even closer and protective of each other. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the ending seemed rushed. An entertaining read but not for the squeamish. Imogen Church did an excellent ...more
Diane S ☔
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
A mix of people, most hiding or running from something, all live in bedsits in one apartment building. The landlord is so disgusting and predatory that I think I would have to be pretty darn desperate. Woman are going missing and it becomes apparent that they have a killer in their midst.

Creepy, graphic cringe worthy violence, the overall tone is dark and desperate. Good characterizations of some of the tenants but definitely not for the faint of heart.

Arc from publisher.
Jun 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Hm... I'm kind of on the fence about this one. I didn't really enjoy Marwood's The Wicked Girls, so i waited a while to read this, and again emerge with mixed feelings. On the one hand, I did like it better than The Wicked Girls simply because I found the majority of the characters so much more interesting and I really rooted for a couple of them, which is a huge plus, even if the story was not so great. It was gripping, but at the same time, I wanted to finish it quickly because the killer was ...more
joyce g
A slow start made me dubious, but it moved right along after a bit. Who doesn't love a man who studies Egypt.
Liz Barnsley
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Coming 5th December (ebook) and 2014 (paperback) from Sphere

Thank you to the author and publisher for the much anticipated review copy.

No. 23 has a secret. In this gloomy, bedsit-riddled South London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, a horrifying collection quietly waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide.

Impressive. Yes ok, this is crime fiction. There is a mystery and things to discover here, but for me this was mostly a character driven novel – and a rath
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Nov 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read Alex Marwood’s debut novel and as much as I enjoyed it, it made me feel uncomfortable. This second book made me feel uncomfortable but on a whole new level! I was bloody gripped from start to finish and felt like I was playing the world’s most twisted game of Cluedo (when you read it you’ll get what I mean)! The characters in this book I really liked as they all have their own dark secrets which have brought them to No. 23. Collet, Cher and Vesta made the core women and an additional 3 me ...more
Alex Marwood is an author to have caught my eye a couple of times in the past, but it’s only when I needed another book to complete a deal that I picked up The Killer Next Door. As the book had caught my attention a few times, I decided it was time to take the leap and see if it was what I was hoping for.

In truth, I was rather let down by this one. If I’m being brutally honest, this book spent a lot of time sitting around the two-star rating. It was more of a two-point-five-star rating in the en
**Thank you Netgalley and Penguin for providing this in exchange for an honest review**

This was excellent!

Collette has an easy job. Sure, deep down she knows she is paid with dirty money, but its a lot of money. One night she sees something she shouldn't have and has to go on the run. After a few years of constantly moving around, she eventually makes it to 23 Beulah Grove. At first, she thinks this is the perfect place to stay for awhile. Due to a family issue, she must stay put for awhile. She
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-only, gruesome
I really enjoyed the character development of the tenants who rent rooms in this sad, dilapidated rental in London. They each have their own secrets and stories, and we learn these as the story evolves and they get to know and trust one another. A destitute elderly woman, a teen runaway, a woman fleeing the mob, and a middle eastern refugee....all four of the main characters were very memorable, and likable in their own ways. This, and the ending, were five stars for me.

The murder/evil part of t
I have had this book on my TBR for about 3 years, and picked it at random for my car audiobook when I had a gap. (I mean, I technically do already have another audio going, but I'm listening to that one with my hubby, so I needed one for when he's not with me. My reading habits are complex, OK?)

Anyway, so I picked this one, and right away I questioned my decision. I had a TON of issues with this book, and almost abandoned it several times throughout. But in the end, I just upped the playback sp
Jun 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
A bedsit in London with the kind of occupants who wish to remain off the grid, a house of secrets and lies. Everybody has something to hide, some more than others. This was a fantastic and gripping page turner that I consumed in one sitting. Disturbing and creepy, great characters and a twisted killer, this is definitely worth reading if you like crime fiction.
Bill Kupersmith
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The moral of The Killer Next Door: Take the money & run like hell!

A marvellous mixture of sheer dottiness & mayhem, rather as if a Barbara Pym novel were set @ 25 Cromwell Rd. Alex Marwood’s The Wicked Girls was one of the most moving tragic novels I’ve ever read. It ends with a character generously sacrificing everything for someone she doesn’t even like who has more to live for only because the penal system, the police, & the media are utterly corrupt. In The Killer Next Door Marwood shows tha
Cleopatra  Pullen
Dec 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime, mystery, thriller
The residents in No. 23 Northbourne, South London, are a mixed bunch of the forgotten and ignored before Collette turns up, she is the one resident that someone is looking for. Unfortunately for Collette her past keeps catching up with her, someone wants her silenced and has been relentlessly tracking her for three years.

The cloying atmosphere of London in a heatwave is the scene brilliantly captured as the repulsive, obese Landlord Roy Preece is persuaded to let out a room still partially full
Oct 14, 2014 rated it liked it
I tried to start this one a few times but had trouble getting into it so I set it aside for a bit and came back later. I'm so glad I did ... once I got into it, I really enjoyed this novel.

I liked the intermix of action and character study that I found in this novel. I really like the character study piece and I think it made the story much more impactful overall. The primary reason for my 3 star rating is that I think the novel did have a bit too much action at times - in other words, how much
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
3.5 stars. Was waffling betwen ratings, when I realized that I liked Alex Marwood's author bio on GR better than her book. Her novel takes place in a low income section of London, in a bedsit (boardinghouse), with the fringe-dweller tenants all seeking to escape something. The lead character Collette (Lisa), with a bag of stolen cash, is fleeing from her ex-boss and a London police detective looking to put the ex-boss in jail. The other tenants are interesting, but equally secretive: Cher, an un ...more
Charles Finch
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Review for USA Today:

The Killer Next Door

By Alex Marwood

Penguin, 400 pp.


Seven tenants share a cheap London house, paying cash, each with a different reason to lie low — one of them because he's a serial killer, slowly mummifying women's corpses in his flat to give him companionship. Alex Marwood (The Wicked Girls) creates three beautifully sympathetic female characters for the killer to endanger, including a runaway, a forlorn but great-hearted old woman and most centrally Colette,
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
23 Beulah Grove is quite the house of horrors. The tenants have secrets, the landlord is a nasty piece of work, and only people out of options would live there. For me, this book suffered from not knowing what it was. The icky bits dipped into horror, the tenants' bonding over an unfortunate act was prime black comedy material (with no intentional humour) and the hidden backgrounds of a couple of characters brought a mystery feel to the novel. Any one of those themes would have worked for me, bu ...more
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed this book. Suspenseful, at times fast paced and well built up. Full of colourful characters; all different in many ways yet all connected.
You find out pretty quickly who the killer is but the rest of the story still manages to bring a few shocks and twists, and I love how it all unfolds.
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Alex Marwood is a former journalist who worked extensively across the British press. Her first novel, The Wicked Girls, achieved widespread acclaim and international bestsellerdom. It was shortlisted for ITW, Anthony and Macavity awards, was included in Stephen King's Ten Best Books of the Year list, and won the prestigious Edgar Award. The Killer Next Door, her second novel, won the coveted Macav ...more

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