The Woman Next Door
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 Melissa’s daughter was younger, Hester was almost like a grandmother to her. But recently they haven’t bee
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Told from the points of view of two neighbours, Hester and Melissa, this is a slow burner of a psychological suspense that gra ...more
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 rui ...more
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 t ...more
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 Heste ...more
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 non ...more
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 ...more
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 mothe ...more
This was a wild ride - an entertaining and darkly comic read. Both Hester and Melissa have secrets, but it's impossible not to f ...more
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 & ...more
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. ...more
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 b ...more
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 ...more
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!
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 ...more
Melissa is a rich, beautiful woman who has turned her life around from a bad start. She has married well and has a good life. Her neighbour Hester is the opposite. She had a lovely childhood but a disastrous adult life and married badly. Nothing worked out how she wanted it to. She is sad and lonely and feels out of place in th ...more
The story was told in two pov; first person for Hester and third person for Melissa which confused me at times. So ...more