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The Perfect Neighbours

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  4,321 ratings  ·  201 reviews
The perfect neighbours tell the perfect lies…

When Helen moves into an exciting new neighbourhood, she finds herself in a web of evil with no escape

Behind the shutters lies a devastating secret…

When Helen moves abroad with her loving husband Gary, she can’t wait to meet her fellow expat teachers from the local International School. But her new start is about to become her w
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Published December 15th 2017 by Killer Reads
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Kaceey - Traveling Sister
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I must admit, I don’t know most of my neighbors. I wave as I drive by, say a quick hello as I retrieve my mail. But that’s it. Kind of sad actually. But after reading this book I think maybe I got off lucky!

After tiring of a long distance relationship, Helen finally manages to join her husband Gary in Germany. Gary gives Helen a quick tour of the neighborhood - then it’s time to meet the neighbors! Immediately Helen is completely put off by them. Something’s just not right! And if it was lef
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)
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The Perfect Neighbours By Rachel Sargent was my first read of 2018 and I'm very pleased to say it was an enjoyable one.
When Helen moves abroad to Germany to be with new husband Gary she is thrust into a tightknit expat neighbourhood.
All her neighbours and her husband work at the local international school and from the start, it becomes apparent that things are not quite what they seem and as our story progresses we are taken down a rabbit hole of secrets and lies with events eventually implodin
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Synopsis - The perfect neighbours tell the perfect lies…

When Helen moves into an exciting new neighbourhood, she finds herself in a web of evil with no escape

Behind the shutters lies a devastating secret…

When Helen moves abroad with her loving husband Gary, she can’t wait to meet her fellow expat teachers from the local International School. But her new start is about to become her worst nightmare…

As soon as the charming family across the way welcome Helen into their home, she begins to suspect
Mandy White
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
Helen moves from her home in England to Germany to be with her husband who teaches at the International School. At first glance their neighborhood appears to be perfect. As Helen gets to know her neighbours she learns that looks can be deceiving. When the worst happens who can she trust? Who can she believe?

This was a fantastic book, the story builds up and all the clues are all there. Thanks to Killer Reads and Netgalley for a copy of this book to read and review
Dec 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
⭐ 3.5 stars

The Perfect Neighbours?...No such thing! Especially in this case, where we read about Helen leaving her life in England behind to start a new one as she joins her husband in Germany, where he works as a teacher at the International School. Helen tries to fit in with the other teachers and their families living on her street, but soon finds some of her neighbours to be controlling and over involved, putting on an act of perfectionism although it becomes clear they've got closely guarde
Liz Barnsley
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Perfect Neighbours is a brilliantly addictive psychological thriller with really excellent twists and turns, some divisive characters and a proper full on beautifully placed finale that pulls together all the strands of the narrative perfectly.

To be honest, even when the Neighbours were initially introduced I couldn't help but think to myself "actually for me these would be the neighbours from hell" with their involvement in each others lives and the fact that they all are attached to the sc
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free electronic copy of The Perfect Neighbours by Rachel Sargent from NetGalley for my honest review.

Helen, leaves her life in England to start a new beginning in Germany with her husband, who is a teacher. Helen tries to make friends and fit in with the other people who live on her street. Her neighbours have lots of secrets and they will do anything to keep those secrets hidden. Helen
soon finds out that her perfect neighbours can't be trusted at all. Good read with lots of twists
Melissa Borsey
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Helen leaves her life in England to live with her husband in Germany where he has gotten a job with a school. Their home is in a community with other teachers as well as the Head teacher whose wife acts more like a drill sergeant. Helen is trying her best to keep her cool amongst these nightmare neighbors but when vandalism/burglary and ultimately murder happens Helen is finally ready to run. Unfortunately, Helen is a suspect. The story itself was good, although it did feel much longer than it n ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Sadly this book was not for me,I found the characters unlikeable and the story hard to follow with too many back stories etc,the book did not flow and I found the constant German words used with the English in brackets annoying,,the idea of the book was interesting but sadly imo did not deliver as the cover and write up promised.
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well,this book had more twists and turns than a roller coaster.With so called friends like this lot,who needs enemies

Personally I think a more apt title for this book would be nightmare neighbours or neighbours from hell.They might believe in their own deluded minds that they are perfect neighbours but in reality they are mostly a bunch of unlikable,manipulative liars.From the know it all one to the little old man to the creepy one and his door mat wife,they are all hiding something,secrets that
Kavita Kumar-Karthik
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thank you NetGalley and Killer Reads for generously providing the ARC in exchange for my honest review

Gary and Helen are a simple British couple, both teachers and newly married. Gary has found a new opportunity as a school teacher in Germany and Helen has had to give up her job and move with Gary, since Gary's salary is twice more than what he could have earned in UK. So, Helen is a little skeptical about the move, but Gary convinces here by saying that their community will be a good change
Rachel Sargeant
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has the read mye book. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Your time is precious so I really appreciate you spending some of it with my characters.
I'd also like to explain a little about how I came up with the story. The Perfect Neighbours actually came out of two separate ideas. The first was to do with the setting. I lived for ten years in an expat community in Germany and always thought it would make a great setting for a book if I could fi
The Book Review Café
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
There seems to be an influx of psychological thrillers that have the theme of neighbours at its core, and if I’m honest I’ve read a fair few that I have found a mediocre read so I did approach The Perfect Neighbours with some trepidation. From the off this book felt very claustrophobic, it’s bad enough having one difficult neighbour, but imagine have a street full of them! Within hours of moving into her new home, a street that houses fellow expat teachers from the local International School Hel ...more
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Definitely a must read book, I couldn’t put it down!! I was hooked right from the beginning and thoroughly enjoyed the twists and turns of this book and was not disappointed or guessed the ending!!
My only problem is what book to read next as surely anything else will be second best!!
Looking for any other books she’s written.
With thanks to Netgalley and Killer Reads for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.

Helen was the head of PE in a school in Shropshire. She left her job to move to Germany to be with her husband Gary who is a teacher at the International School.

The school provided a property along with the job in the grounds of the school. Her neighbours in the street were also teachers at the school. The neighbours next door were the vain and sarcastic Chris and his nervous downtrodden wife Mel. Ac
I am finding it difficult to put into words why I disliked this book so much, but it just did not work for me. When a book promises to be 'the most addictive debut psychological thriller of the year', you have high hopes for a book. A plot centred around a British ex-pat community in Germany, straight off the characters are mostly unlikeable and grated on me. There wasn't a single character I could relate or warm to, and so from the start the story felt very disconnected from reality. There were ...more
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the The Perfect Neighbours. It was addictive and kept me hooked to the end. Not fast paced but the story and tension build up with plenty of twists thrown in.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Received a copy from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. From the very first chapter I was hooked. The author made me hate so many of the characters and feel sorry for others. I could not stop reading this one. The story pulled me in and even though I figured it out about halfway through, it was not a let down when it was all revealed. I had never read anything by this author before but I will definitely be on the lookout for more books by her
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Julie Lacey
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a gripping psychological thriller with lots of twists and turns throughout the book.
Helen moves to Germany to be with her husband who teaches at the International School and at first everything seems ok.
But as Helen gets to know her neighbours she learns that there’s something not quite right here...
As the story progresses the truth slowly comes to light and it keeps you hooked throughout.
When I saw the title I thought there’s no such thing as a perfect neighbourhood and this book bac
Dec 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you really know your neighbors? Lots of suspense and a ending I didn't see coming ! Great fast read!
Kristen Dutkiewicz
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book reminds us there is no such thing as the perfect neighbors. Everyone has their secrets, and some are so dark, it is almost unfathomable.

Helen and her husband Gary live in a very tight-knit community with only other teachers/employees of a nearby school. A tragic situation unfolds before Helen’s eyes, and we are left questioning literally everyone alongside Helen.

I enjoyed this story, and while I slightly predicted the ending, there was definitely a twist I did not see coming.

Overall, i
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
That was utterly haunting. Wow, I don’t know where to begin. This book totally gripped me, I stayed up reading all night because I couldn’t sleep until I knew what happened. A true physiological thriller.
It makes me so happy when you read a thriller and it breaks all the rules, it was brilliant.

Our protagonist Helen, relocates to Germany after her husband gets a teaching position there. They move in to a British neighbourhood as part of the international school. Helen immediately clashes with he
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed the storyline as well as the writing. I will definitely read another book by this author. Great!
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley for the chance to read this book!

A fast paced psychological thriller that made me glad I keep my curtains shut most the time, but did make me wonder about the strange noises I can hear in the middle of the night - ah the joys of a terraced house!
The neighbours in this society are very much in each others lives, they come and go in a way that is so alien to me and yet it’s itterky believable.
The plot is full of lots of secrets, lies, twists and turns and it’s peppered thro
Deb R
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Helen moves to Germany with her husband Gary. She soon realizes that the neighbors are not quite what they appear to be. The book contains many twists and turns, ultimately reaching an unexpected conclusion. It held my attention from the first page throughout the remainder of the book. I recommend it to thriller fans.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Helen is a newly married British PE teacher who gives up her way of life back home in Shropshire to join her husband, Gary, at an international school in Germany. On arrival, Helen finds that they will be living in a rental community provided by the school alongside a group of Gary's teacher colleagues. Suffering from culture shock and trying to give this new life a chance, Helen finds it hard to fit in and begins to feel uncomfortable with the increasingly odd behaviour of her new neighbours.

Angela Mellor
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
The perfect neighbours is a psychological thriller that will have you speeding through to find out more whilst feeling extremely claustrophobic!!
This is the first book I've read by Rachel Sergeant and won't be my last. The book is based around Helen and from the start you et a feeling something is going to happen, your not sure when or where but you know its going to happen and most probably to Helen.
This is a different kind of read that I enjoyed a lot. You begin the journey with Helen having g
Tracy Shephard
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is such a great read and what I loved the most about it is plot is so considerably far fetched but is a story that has actually happened and probably several times!!

Helen has finally joined Gary in Germany where is  teacher at the International school. 

On meeting her new neighbours she takes an instant dislike to Louisa. Louise is perfect. She organises get togethers,  she is the chair of almost everything and Helen decides that instead of 'fitting in' she will do her own thing. Being a swi
Michelle B
Dec 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book which was the first book I had read by Rachel Sergeant.
Whilst the concept of the book is not completely original, it feels very different to anything I had read before (and I read a lot of psychological thrillers) due to the setting (around an neighbourhood of families of teachers at an International School in Germany) and the way in which is written by Rachael.
There are a lot of twists and turns that one would hope for in a good thriller.
I did not work out the ending
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Rachel Sargeant is the author of Kindle Top Ten bestseller The Perfect Neighbours, a psychological thriller.
Her second novel with HarperCollins, The Good Teacher, is a detective mystery, featuring DC Pippa “Agatha” Adams.
Book number three will be The Roommates, a psychological thriller set in a university freshers' week.
She is also the author of Gallipoli: Year of Love and Duty, a novel featuri
“trembled with fury. Her recollection was that Sascha had been outside the garden with the naive newcomer when Louisa had come out of the house screeching. Louisa went on: “He knows when we’re at home, when we go out, what cars we drive, where our children play. None of us is safe.” Mel’s cup slipped, and she spilt” 1 likes
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