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The Neighbor

3.16  ·  Rating details ·  597 ratings  ·  133 reviews
"The Couple Next Door meets Gone Girl in this addictive thriller. Once I started reading, I couldn't stop." --Charlie Donlea, USA Today bestselling author

In a taut psychological thriller filled with breathtaking twists, Joseph Souza explores the tangle of betrayal and deception between two neighboring couples, and asks how well we can really know others--or ourselves.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 24th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
4WTH Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Two houses... four adults... four extremely screwed up people.... I can’t remember a book with a group of more unlikable characters... with no morals or scruples or the capability to think things through.... I wanted to swoop in and take their kids out of this extremely unhealthy situation.... not sure how all these people had all this time for all the shenanigans when both couples had two kids? Going to be completely honest there were a lot of things that happened in this book th
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Neighbor by Joseph Souza is a psychological thriller that to be brutally honest was full of unlikable characters doing unlikable things. The very strange part is I found myself actually liking it’s twisted mess.

The story is told by Leah and Clay switching the point of view between them. The two are a married couple that moved from Seattle to Maine and took up residence in a quiet neighborhood that no one else seemed to want to live in other than one other home.

Leah is a stay at home mom with
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: That I didn't intend it to happen says nothing about my moral culpability. I screwed up and make no excuse for my behavior.

For that reason, I can't be totally honest with her.

I need to make sure that Leah never finds out. . . .

That the girl I had an affair with is the same girl that went missing.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: In a taut psychological thriller filled with breathtaking twists, Joseph Souza explores the tangle of betrayal and deception between two neighboring couples, and asks how wel
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Wow!!! Wtf but wow!!! 4.5 Stars!

The Neighbors by Joseph Souza just really took me on a ride! This is absolutely a suspense/psychological thriller with some domestic noir and neighborhood noir thrown in the mix. I have seen this book compared to a mix of The Couple Next Door and Gone Girl, but it really is more than that (and different). I can understand why they marketed it that way, but there is a whole extra plotline not captured by those comparisons.

I have seen mixed reviews, and so I want to
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
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The Neighbor by Joseph Souza takes a different spin on the psychological thriller which I thought held wonderful potential. This book bubbles with racial tension which is something I was not expecting at all. Certainly relevant in today's America with the Black Lives Matter movement being a hot button topic. The thing is that while this did hold so much potential I can't help but feel that it didn't do the subject matter justice. That being said I still couldn't stop flipping the pages.

Leah and
Melissa In The City
⭐All the Stars⭐ But I’m adding in this..All The Secrets! All of them!!!! 🤫Secrets! Secrets!

I’m so into psychological thrillers about Neighbors and this was all That and more. A creepy thriller about psycho neighbors? Yes please! Ohhhh and let’s just say #BadNeighbors. Written in chapters alternating between Leah and her husband Clay, we watch their marriage take a BIG fall while neither knows about the others SECRETS.
Then there’s the neighbors...more SECRETS.
No one is a reliable narrator and
Oct 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I don't read psychological thrillers for the politics, I read them to get AWAY from politics for awhile.

Let's keep politics on Facebook where it belongs, hmmmmkay?

Marc Bougharios
During the first few pages of this novel, there was already a shocking revelation. This book had a really strong start, and it's rare to find books like that. Usually thrillers tend to start slow in the beginning and speed up throughout. But its strong start didn't last very long and it let me down.

Leah Daniels is a newcomer in her town and she lives in a house with her husband and two kids. She wants to befriend her neighbor and becomes a bit obsessed with her as she starts to enter her house,
Apr 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
1 star--I didn't like it.

Shallow characters (more caricatures) who act in inconsistent, puzzling ways. A plot that makes no logical sense. Absolutely no one likable or with an ounce of charisma or morality. Mediocre writing. Women are called bitches or whores by everyone, and black women are called exotic. The author decided to introduce politics to the plot, either to be edgy or be current, but since it's so shallowly treated, it comes off as cringeworthy instead (and unfair to both sides of th
Ummmm...I don't even know quite what to say about this book. I've got to stop requesting every random psychological thriller I see from NetGalley, but I can't resist anything about creepy neighbors. I almost gave this book one star, but I have to admit it was SUCH a page-turner. I could not stop reading even though I didn't think it was very good. The dialogue was heavy handed, the main character was too stupid to live, and the approach to racial issues in America was...weird. But I can't decide ...more
Imagine moving cross country from Seattle, WA to Dearborn, Maine and discovering that the contractor of your new housing development, Deerfield Estates, has left town, and your new home is only one of two completed.

That is what happens to Leah, Clay and their two young children.

Leah is alone all day, with her husband trying to make a go of their new brewery, and the kids at school. Desperate for a friend, and rebuffed by her neighbor, Clarissa, Leah decides that perhaps if she “lets herself in
Leah, Clay, and their kids move from Seattle to Maine. They are the only people residing in their housing development, until a new family moves in next door. Leah becomes focused on befriending the new neighbors, and eventually crosses the line with getting to know them.

Told from alternating viewpoints of Leah and Clay. The main focus is Leah wanting to befriend her neighbors, but the small town where they live also has a mystery involving a missing co-ed. Leah is a bit obsessed with the missin
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and Kensington for allowing me to read this thriller prior to publication later this month. Leah and Clay move from Seattle to Maine so he can open a brewery. They buy a home for their family of four in a development that the builder abandons after two completed houses are sold. That means the only other family living there is Clarissa and Russell and their children. Leah feels at loose ends and doesn’t know what to do with herself while her kids are at school so she takes ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
‘It feels strange being one of only two families living in this abandoned development.’

Leah and Clay Daniels, with their twins Zack and Zadie, move from Seattle to Maine. The move is to enable Clay to follow his dream of establishing a craft beer brewery. But the neighbourhood is not what Leah expected: the housing development is almost abandoned. Their only neighbours, Clarissa and Russell Gaines seem aloof. Clay works long hours, and Leah is bored:

‘I need to find something more meaningful in
Apr 28, 2018 added it
"We all have secrets...Having secrets is a trait that all humans share."

But nobody has secrets like these neighbors -- a collection of seriously flawed, conniving psychopaths involved in a series of events that spiral out of control and escalate into murder.

Leah and Clay live with their 11-year-old twins next door to Clarissa and Russell and their two kids in an all but deserted cul-de-sac in Dearborn, Maine. The developer was a crook and skipped town before completing the rest of the subdivisio
Julie Kingsley
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book in literally one sitting. Once I got started, I couldn't stop. I'm not going to share its secrets, but this book has plenty! Enjoy!
CloudOfThoughts_Books Keirstin
The Neighbor by author Joseph Souza is a GREAT pyschological thriller! I started it on my Kindle and was finishes barely two days later. Being from Maine, that drew me into the description.. Then after reading what it was about, it had me 100 percent. I love nothing more than a good thriller, pyschological best.. Top it off it was a wife who became obsessed with her new neighbors (after moving to a small town in Maine to start new).. Everything about this book was everything I love in a pyscholo ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Extremely unlikeable characters, some strange turns in the book, a little unbelievable at times...this story was like a roller coaster ride--fun and exciting until it is over and then you just feel a little nauseous. I recommend this crazy tale to people who like to read thrillers with unreliable narrators. I think the author is a great writer and I would read his other books.

Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for the chance to read and review this book.
Shirley Revill
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I borrowed this audiobook from my local library website after being tempted by listening to a sampler of the wonderful narration that drew me in.
I'm so glad I did listen to the audiobook because it was a really good psychological thriller with many twists and turns.
Very well written and narrated. Recommended.
The Behrg
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joseph Souza's latest novel "The Neighbor" is an intricate puzzle box of a story and the epitome of what I consider bold writing. Up front, this is a novel people will either love or hate. It's story centers around people you will adamantly disagree with. And yet you won't be able to stop coming back for more.

Souza's real secret to this story is how he gets the reader to simultaneously abhor the characters yet feel so drawn to them and their plights. It's like watching a magician perform a slei
Patricia Romero
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Right from the start you just felt there was something odd and just plain wrong about every one of these characters. 

Moving from Seattle to Maine is a huge culture shock but Clay has a dream of making beer and owning his own pub. And the market in Seattle is saturated and housing costs are outrageous, so it's off to Maine.

While he gets the business going, Leah and the kids finish up in Seattle and come to join him. They find what seems to be a great deal on a new house, one of only two completed
Sarah Melitzer
Jan 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Wow...this was awful!
Great idea but everything else was horrible. Terrible. Stinky.
Awful annoying,unlikeable characters, a rambling plot so far beyond the realm of believability, and poor (so poor) writing.
I finished it out of sheer desperation it would somehow redeem itself. Spoiler, it did not.
Diane Merritt
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
As much as i wanted to know what happened that is the only reason i didn't give up on this one.
Wasn't drawing me in.. the racial issue i feel wasn't done justice. And this book just bored me.
Just wan't for me.

Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for an early release of this book
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lots of twists and turns. A great psychological thriller.
Tiffany Foskey
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book had me hooked from the very first page. A thriller about what happens when neighbors get too close and housewives get bored. Will highly recommend this book to everyone!!!!!!!
Lisa Nowak
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a hook from the first few pages for me. I don’t usually like when a book is written from a perspective of one character, then switches to the other character in the next chapter. But this book had a good base. It let the characters develop as each chapter went on. And I loved how much Clay began to hate his wife over time. Classic. Just classic.
Barbara Nutting
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Totally implausible plot, but I couldn’t put it down!

First - a middle aged white guy shouldn’t try to write about two black women.

Second - the racial overtones were way over the top.

Third - so many pages on making craft beers I could do it myself by the end.

Fourth - I intensely disliked every character, including the dog.

Fifth - lots of inconsistencies and editing errors.

Sixth - I didn’t like the indication that Obama was an unfaithful husband.

Seventh - Clay was never sober and Leah wasn’t much
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Something tells me that my life is going to get a lot more complicated in the coming days.’

Maine author Joseph Souza graduated from Northeastern University and grew up near Boston. His rather extensive list of successful novels includes THE LIVING DEAD SERIES with THE REAWAKENING as book 1, DARPOCALYPSE, BOOK 2, and DARMAGEDDON, BOOK 3, LETHAL CHAIN, FUJITA’S ITCH, UNPAVED SURFACES, NEED TO FIND YOU, a crime thriller set in Portland, Maine – his home. Where did his penchant for writing scary boo
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Trigger warnings: Racism, Homophobia, Rape, Physical & Mental Abuse, Sexism; Opression.

I came across this book in the “new” section in my library and it certainly sounded intriguing. It definitely helped that Charlie Donlea blurbed, “The Couple Next Door meets Gone Girl in this addictive thriller.” I’d like to say that I agree with his comparison, but I gave both of those books 5 stars and they are two of my favorite novels, I know both stories front to back, so please TRUST me when I say th
Aug 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Only because zero is not an option.
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Joseph Souza's award-winning short stories have been published in various literary journals throughout the country. Winner of the Andre Dubus Award for short fiction, he also won Honorable Mention for the Al Blanchard Award and the 2013 Maine Literary Award. His mystery, UNPAVED SURFACES, was published by Kindle Press in 2015 and was an Amazon bestseller. NEED TO FIND YOU, his crime thriller set i ...more
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