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The Woman Next Door

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  6,136 ratings  ·  415 reviews
A No.1 e-book bestseller, perfect for fans of Her by Harriet Lane and In A Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.

Two suburban women. Two dark secrets. The almost perfect murder.

Everybody needs good neighbours

Melissa and Hester have lived next door to each other for years. When Melissas daughter was younger, Hester was almost like a grandmother to her. But recently they havent been

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Kindle Edition, 306 pages
Published July 22nd 2016 by Killer Reads
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Caroline I'm taking the liberty of replying directly to this! I am the author of The Woman Next Door and, fingers crossed, the next book I'm writing as Cass…moreI'm taking the liberty of replying directly to this! I am the author of The Woman Next Door and, fingers crossed, the next book I'm writing as Cass Green will be out in the Autumn. I also write Young Adult fiction as Caroline Green and the titles of these are, Dark Ride, Cracks, Fragments and Hold Your Breath. They are aimed at the young teenage market. Thank you for asking :) (less)
Caroline Hi! I honestly just plucked the surname out of the air...he felt like a Terry to me from the start (no idea why!) but I think I just tried out…moreHi! I honestly just plucked the surname out of the air...he felt like a Terry to me from the start (no idea why!) but I think I just tried out different surnames that seemed to go well with Hester. I'm rather fond of poor old Terry ;)(less)

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Joanne Robertson
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
There's always a worry when you move house due to the fact that your neighbours can really make or break how well you settle into your new home! The term "neighbours from hell" is now a now a well-known phrase, an awful predicament to find yourself in and usually an expensive one to extricate yourself from. But sometimes, the dangers you face can be slightly less obvious!

Told from the points of view of two neighbours, Hester and Melissa, this is a slow burner of a psychological suspense that
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Janet
Dec 24, 2016 rated it liked it
The Woman Next Door is about just that..... two women living next to each other with very different lives that have intermingled over the years.

Melissa is a polished, self assured mother with a seemingly outward perfect life. Living next door to Hester; a woman in her sixties; retired, along with her dog and a world apart from Melissa. Over the years Hester has helped out Melissa helping to look after Melissa's daughter when she was a small child. Unfortunately, the overbearing Hester had to
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Bookread2day
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. I loved reading every page. The Woman Next Door is the first book for adults by Cass Green and I hope that Cass Green will write many more books for adults. Crime thriller fans I highly recommend that you read The Woman Next Door. Cass Green is the pseudonym of Carolyn Green an award winning author of fiction for young people. I am so glad that I bought my copy of this first crime fiction for adults. I will most certainly buy another one of her book for adults as soon as Cass Green ...more
Louise Wilson
Jul 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Hester and Melissa have lived next door to each other for years. Hester used to look after Melissa's daughter when she was younger and Hester was almost like a grandmother to her. Hester does not have children of her own.nThe women both have dark secrets unknown to anyone.

There is a lot of events happen in this dark twisted phycological thriller. Some pretty obvious and others I never saw coming. It is a well written novel but a little disappointing in the last couple of chapters.

I would like
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Tracy Fenton
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Firstly I listened to this book via audible and thought the narrators were wonderful. This story starts off brilliantly with Hester, a 60 something lonely widow who seems to be the definition of a nosey neighbour and Melissa a married mother of one and the glamorous wife of a TV doctor. Each chapter is told through these 2 characters in a slow burning psychological thriller. These 2 neighbours are thrown together in an almost dark comedic scenario when they find themselves with a dead body. ...more
Ava Marsh
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Really impressive debut from Cass Green. A beautifully written and twisted tale based around an unlikely partnership, with one of the most gloriously dark protagonists in the genre. Green is definitely one to watch.
Rachael
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Melissa, whose facade of a perfect life masks a guilty secret and her neighbour Hester, a lonely and obsessive woman in her sixties and what happens when Melissa's past catches up with her.
I really enjoyed this book, mainly because of the character Hester. She reminds me so much of Vivian in The Night Visitor in her obsession with Melissa and coincidentally she too, has a little dog called Bertie.
At times I thought the story was a little long winded but it was enjoyable
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Em*bedded-in-books*
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Full 4 stars for the way it gripped me from the beginning and didn't let go of me till the end.
And the end was refreshingly different.
There are two women - neighbours.. one is obsessed with the other, who is trying to maintain her distance.
Due to peculiar circumstances the women are thrown together and things start bubbling up.
There' are a few skeletons in the cupboard, a dead body to be disposed off, obligations, innocent children .. and reminiscences of the
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Sabrina Williams
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Very good writing but the story just isn't solid. I kept waiting and waiting for something really amazing to happen....but it didn't. The author is a solid writer who needs to work on her endings.
Sarah
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
**sigh**
It was an effort to finish this tale...supremely disappointing because the first couple of chapters really drew me in.

The main issue is that the characters are all so horrible, I soon realized I really didn't care what happened to any of them. We have Hester, a 62 yr old widow who is very attached to her dog and is quite possibly a sociopath. She narrates her chapters in first person, which is how I can type, with 99.9% certainty, that she is very annoying and quite mad.
Melissa is
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Nicki
Jun 29, 2016 added it
DNF

Hester and Melissa are neighbours,they used to be friends, at least that's what Hester thought but Melissa saw things differently and slowly distanced herself away from Hester.Now an event has occurred in Melissa's life and the only person who can help is Hester,only taking help from Hester might only make things worse because Hester has dark secrets of her own.

Sorry,I have really tried but I can't finish this book,a event has happened that has overstepped the realistic line,I mean what
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Ange H
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-books
When Melissa's daughter Tillie was small, her silly old neighbor, Hester was always around to help with childcare....but she was just a little "too much." So, as Tillie grew up, Melissa pulled away from Hester and now they just have a nodding acquaintance. Until one night, a stranger from Melissa's past shows up and the two women are bound together in a terrible crime.

This was a wild ride - an entertaining and darkly comic read. Both Hester and Melissa have secrets, but it's impossible not to
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Erin Martin
May 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I hated this book! Why didn't it get one star? Because those are books that I don't finish and I finished this awful book. I kept waiting for it to get better and it never did. It was predictable, the characters were unlikeable and I just didn't care one way or the other by the time I was done. It's the story of Melissa and Hester, two women that live next to each other. Melissa is a hot mess - she has a colorful past that she has kept from everyone and is putting up a front for everyone around ...more
Mike Sumner
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can choose your friends but you cannot choose your family. Same goes for neighbours I guess. I certainly wouldn't want to suffer Hester as the woman next door. Come to that, I wouldn't be too thrilled to live next door to Melissa! We have had The Couple Next Door; now we have Cass Green's The Woman Next Door and this really is a killer read! Two women, two dark secrets and the almost perfect murder. Almost? On page #76 it really kicks off! "The rest of my sentence is whisked away in an ...more
Icewineanne
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A mousey, obsessive, lonely woman, Hester, has always longed to be a close friend to her neighbour Melissa, but with her peculiar behaviour all Hester has managed to do is alienate Melissa instead.

Melissa appears to have it all, a successful, handsome reality star husband, an attractive, intelligent daughter, and a strikingly decorated home. And when Melissa inadvertently commits murder, Hester sees her chance. She jumps in, convinces Melissa there's nothing to be gained by calling the police
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Michelle
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bought-own
This book started off well enough. It is told from two points of view, that of two women who are neighbors, and with alternating chapters between the both. I was actually digging the Hester character as she did remind me a bit of Barbara Covet in Notes on a Scandal but that alone is not going to save this ridiculous story. The other woman, Melissa, she's just so awful. The choices she makes are completely irrational. Nothing about her or the plot rings true in the least bit. Made it to 55% but ...more
Lisa-Books Smiles
3.5 stars. I'm lost for words, for the main reason that I do not want to spoil the contents within this story. 1st let appreciate the gorgeous cover ; -) I love books about nutty neighbors with twisted thoughts that turn into troublesome behaviors. LOL! The book was great, however it was lacking toward the middle but the ending was worth the read.
Lady Delacour
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Got to spend time with
Britt Marie's evil twin and
her dysfunctional neighbor.
Serious subject but, with a lot of,
laugh out loud funny moments.
Great narration.
Nicole
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it was funny and definitely a different psychological thriller.

I think what makes this book so different from most other thrillers I have read, is that you are following a 60 year old woman. This is definitely a fresh and unique perspective.

Hester is a very judgmental but funny character. But she really made the book in my opinion.

Yes, the plot is a bit silly and far fetched but I really enjoyed it.

I did see the twist coming at the end which is a shame
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Denise
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a story about two women living next door.....just like the title states! It is a well written character driven novel that keeps you engaged until the last page!
Clare
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
With thanks to Netgalley and Killer Reads for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

The Woman Next Door is written by Cass Green who previously wrote young adult fiction under another name.


The book is written from the POVs of Melissa the glamorous wife of a TV doctor and her next door neighbour Hetty a lonely widower of 62.

Hetty always longed for children but her husband could not father a child. She ended up working in a nursery to be around children. When Melissa and husband Mark
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Laura
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Really, really liked this! Again it follows in a similar vein to a lot of thrillers around at the moment...women, their lives and what happens when things turn sour. The first half was really very gripping and I was so invested in the characters. The second half took a different direction that I wasn't expecting but was nicely surprised by.
The author does a great job of making you feel uncomfortable and leaving you wondering how well you know people. Especially your neighbours!
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Anna
Apr 03, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
Another dud. DNF.

Is it me, or is it the books I'm picking?

Lynda Kelly
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was brilliant but a couple of whopping errors cost it the 5* !! Such a pity but they were mistakes that any proper editor should've noticed if I spotted them.
It was a clever story and you had to wonder at these two madzers ending up living next-door to each other. For me, both women were more than a bit unhinged, although both from differing generations and backgrounds. There were a lot of surprises throughout and I really enjoyed it. I was up into the early hours reading as I was dying to
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Anne-Marie
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really a 3.5-3.75 but since its the authors first adult fiction book I rounded up. A good twisted novel. ...more
Renita D'Silva
May 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Thrilling and twisted. Loved it.
Inn Auni
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
At first I thought I'm going to hate both Hester and Melissa. I don't know. They just got to me somehow. Hester was an elderly lady who had no one except her dog. Melissa was a middle-upper-class housewife with a doctor-celebrity husband and a teenage daughter. Their friendship fall apart once Melissa's daughter started elementary school. But, an incident brought them back together.

The story was told in two pov; first person for Hester and third person for Melissa which confused me at times. So
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Hannah
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is well-written and I kind of enjoyed the story, it just wasn't what I was expecting. I thought this was going to be the story of how two women slowly drive each other to extreme behaviour, such as murder (I was thinking one of them would murder the other one). What I got was a really rather bizarre series of events. It was fun to read for a while, but there were quite a few moments when I was scratching my head wondering where it was going or what the point of it all was. I didn't ...more
Valery
Jan 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The Woman Next Door by Cass Green is a book that I had high expectations for. I couldn't wait to delve in and see what the fuss was all about. Sadly, I was a bit disappointed. I try not to read all of the reviews before I read a book because I may inadvertently form a bit of prejudice one way or another. However, this book sounded so consistently good, I had to give it a try. The story is about neighbors who have lived next to each other for a while. They each have their secrets, their good and ...more
Sara Eames
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I didn't really enjoy this book - it took ages to get going and I couldn't decide what genre it was supposed to be. It was too slow to be a thriller, too ridiculous to be taken seriously and, yet, not funny enough to be a comic novel. The situation that Hester and Melissa find themselves in becomes farcical very quickly and I regularly had to stop reading and I was finding the whole scenario completely unbelievable. What with murders, kidnapping, blackmail and enough near death situations to ...more
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Cass Green is the pseudonym of Caroline Green, an award-winning author of fiction for young people. Her first novel, Dark Ride won the Rona Young Adult Book of the Year and the Waverton Good Read Award. Cracks and Hold Your Breath garnered rave reviews and were shortlisted for eleven awards between them. She is the Writer in Residence at East Barnet School and teaches Writing for Children at City ...more

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