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The Neighbours

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  476 ratings  ·  180 reviews
Meet Ginny, 34, and Cassie, 55. Neighbours, and (very) unlikely friends.

Some women have it all. Others are thirty-four, renting a tiny flat alone because they recently found their long-term boyfriend in bed with their boss. Unfortunately, the latter applies to Ginny Taylor. Single and jobless, Ginny is certain her life can’t get any worse. But then she encounters her down
Paperback, 400 pages
Published February 6th 2020 by Avon
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Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-books
The Neighbours by Nicola Gill is relationship fiction with a sense of humour. This is the story of two women with absolutely nothing in common, who form an unlikely bond that changes their lives. Ginny, 34, has lost her job and her boyfriend at the same time. Cassie, 55, is an actress of a certain age who has ruined her own reputation when she humiliated herself on television. The two women live in the same apartment building and, when their paths cross, their relationship permanently changes th ...more
Yesha- Books Teacup and Reviews
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-fiction
You can read all my review on Blog - Books Teacup and Reviews

The Neighbours was a women’s fiction that revolved around Ginny and her neighbor Cassie. It was about friendship, fighting depression, relationship, getting over fear, and working to achieve dream.

Writing was good. I liked the way author represented Ginny’s mediocre life and Cassie’ defamed life with realistic tone that had balance of seriousness and wit. Story was told from Ginny’s perspective.

Book started with 34-yr-old Ginny talkin
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A proper jaunty feel good affair of a book

Meet Ginny, 34, in P.R., unlucky in love but self effacing and ‘lovely’

Meet Cassie 55, ex Bond actress now reality TV ‘star’ with a vicious tongue and acidic humour

Both women are the complete opposites of what you would imagine a friendship could be, but as neighbours in London apartments via a set of circumstances that is what they, tentatively, become

I LOVED them both, their polar opposite personalities really worked well and as their friendship blosso
Louise Wilson
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4

Ginny and Cassie were neighbours who quickly become friends. Ginny walked in on her boss and her boyfriend in a comprising position. She ends up loosing her job. Cassie is an aging star who suffers with depression. Ginny tries to help Cassie get her life back on track and becomes her PR.

I did not know what I was really expecting when I started reading this book. Its told from Ginnys point of view. I liked Ginny, she's made mistakes, but who hasn't? It touches on a lot of
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a difficult read for me. It provoked a range of emotions and not many of them were my favourite, ‘warm and fuzzy’ feelings. Well-written, I found the subject matter at times rather uncomfortable and sometimes struggled to fully engage with the plot.

Undoubtedly, the cover of this novel completely juxtaposes the subject matter. I was anticipating a “chick flick” sort of story with comedy and romance. However, instead Gill presents loneliness, old-age, depression and social pressures. Ther
In this era of “ageism” it is wonderful to see a book about two women with roughly two decades of difference in their ages come together in a celebration of friendship.

Ginny is a thirty-something woman who is struggling with her place in life. She feels unfilled in her job but has no idea how to get a different and better one. When she walks in on her live-in boyfriend shagging her boss – in Cassie’s own apartment – she is forced into looking at life from a different, jobless perspective. She is
Whispering Stories
Mar 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Thirty-four-year-old Ginny has had the worst week of luck. First, her best friend moves out of the flat they shared for a swanky new job in America. Then she comes home to find her boyfriend in her flat and he’s not alone, he’s caught in the act with her boss of all people, and now she has lost her PR job too.

Fifty-five-year-old Cassie was once a loved actress, now after a stint on I’m a celebrity in which she came across as rude, obnoxious and completel
The Nerd Daily
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Laura Glassman

The Neighbours tells the story of two women, their unlikely friendship, and how each puts their life back together after they experience personal and professional upsets.

Ginny, the most central character, is 34 at the time that the story opens. At the start of the novel, she reflects that her life is not where she hoped or expected it to be at that time. She works an uninteresting job in public relations, but really dreams of writi
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
This book had a lot promise but frustrated me so much.
I was really excited to pick this one up and I’m very thankful for the opportunity to read the advanced copy.

Characters are everything. I was very annoyed with the main character throughout the story. I could not connect with her at all. There were times when she was interacting with other characters in the book and I began to like her but then the inner dialogue would start and I was back to frustrated.

I almost DNF’d this book a couple ti
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-books
Ginny and Cassie are two strong characters and i like the addition of Nick. I like Nick and Ginny together.

This story to me comes in two parts the first is quite a light read. The second takes in many issues a person can face. Ginny wanting a child, you do wonder where it comes from. I thought Cassie's issues were well written. I like how it's got more of an edge to it than a typical chick lit book and that it surprises you.

I like how the chapters flow but it feel a little flat for me in the m
Adi Rocks Socks
4 stars.

You look at the title and think it’s probably a thriller, because there seems to be a trend these days when it comes to thrillers — there’s either a girl somewhere, a wife somewhere, or a neighbour somewhere.

But nope, this is a book about two neighbours who live in the same building. It’s a story about the unlikely friendship they form, and how they help each other grow as individuals. Clinical depression is dealt with beautifully in Nicola Gill’s debut novel, as one of the characters un
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, chick-lit
This book was not what I thought it would be.
In a good but in a bad way too.
Overall, a solid read.

This is a chick-lit novel a la Sophie Kinsella. We have two neighbors, Ginny and Cassie. These two form friendship trough some troubles and tribulations They are opposite in almost everything. And yet the connection is real and heartwarming. Even though Ginny is closer to me in age I feel more for Cassie. I liked her as a character better.

The pace of the plotline could be better...It felt draggi
Karen Whittard
For me the subject matter of the book was a little hard to read about. But the characters were lovely. I found it a little bit sad and heartbreaking as I could relate to it on many levels. But it was a well written book.
Dec 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, fiction, read-2019
Ginny strikes an unlikely friendship with Cassie, an older woman, a celebrity who is ruining her public image and is in need of a new PR person. Who's better then her neighbour who just lost a job, a boyfriend and needs some distraction (and money)? I was very pleased that in Nicola Gill's debut novel we do not follow yet another woman trying to find her love, but we concentrate on friendship between two women. Yes, there are heartbreaks, bad decisions and Tinder, but to me the relationship betw ...more
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Two women, Ginny, 34, and her downstairs neighbour Cassie, 55, join forces. PR Manager Ginny had just had her heart broken and lost her job, former actress Cassie is going through a social media crisis. They start working together to polish Cassie's image, which is the start of a wonderful friendship.

I really enjoyed this one.
Nicola Clough
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book I have read by this author and will not be the last it was a fantastic read and I didn’t want it to end. Kept you hooked and wanting to know what happened. It’s funny but honest as well and shows you about friendship and romance but heartbreak to and how life can get very hard at times and not always easy. The characters are great and you feel you know them.
Ginny thought she had a good job and perfect partner but when she comes home to find him in bed with her boss she en
lena ☀️
Feb 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs
Thank you to Avon Books UK for providing me an ARC of this for review!

Honestly only finished this because it was for review. I don't think this type of book was for me at all.

I don't think this type of book was for me at all.

I never want to say a book entirely didn't work, there are always good things to find. For me though, this book just never sat right with me.

From the start, the main character, Ginny, makes such instant and horrible assumptions about EVERY woman she meets. Every woman is
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ginny is about to turn 35 and finds herself jobless, roommateless, boyfriendless, and desperately wanting a baby. Cassie, Ginny's neighbor, is an almost washed up actress with lots of issues of her own. Somehow, these two women form a deep friendship.

I really wanted to like this book a lot more than I actually did. This particular genre is one I turn to for fun, light-hearted reading as a break from some of the heavier books I read. Unfortunately, this particular book just dragged. I didn't mind
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cassie and Ginny are neighbours. 55 and 35 respectively very un alike in ways, attitudes and characteristics but both are tenacious, both underlying the frivolity are good people and this is their story. Of hopelessness, despair, depression, relationships, the difficulty in finding (and keeping) a partner and their hopes for their futures.

It was a mish mash of feelings and basic living and trying to come to terms with life and come to terms they did - eventually. Ginny's basic fear of ending up
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ginny first appears to be a bit self absorbed, as things in her life are not going her way. Walking in on her boss and boyfriend in a compromising position results in her losing her job and boyfriend at the same time. While home she meets her neighbor Cassie, an aging star who is suffering from depression as her star is fading. Ginny and Cassie become close, as Ginny doesn’t give up on helping Cassie while putting her own life back together. There are laughs and many tears in this gem of a novel ...more
LianaReads blog
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
My first book by the author and an interesting story.
Very well written and a fast-paced read although it has a bit of dragging somewhere in the middle of it and it’s more like I felt a bit too many words that didn’t add anything to the story unfortunately for me.
You’ll think you know your neighbours but you can never know what really happens behind the closed doors. I liked the main heroine and how she went to a length to help her neighbour who needed her.
I’ll definitely read more books by th
Shreeya Sharma
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
A sweet feel good story about two women, their unlikely friendship and the way they help each other put their lives together after going through struggles and self doubts.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the ARC
Helen Manoli
Wonderful storyline,the character's seemed lifelike,an unusual friendship developed between the main characters who are loveable,and what adventures they have.
A pleasant and in part amusing read.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely book

I loved the friendship Ginny and Cassie developed. I loved Cassie’s humor and sarcasm. I recognized myself in Ginny, particularly in her need/obsession to have kids and fearing that time is running out. I love that the 20 years between them wasn’t a big deal, they just connected. I love the way Ginny was there for Cassie. Loved the growth Cassie had.
I felt that the ending was a bit sudden, but I enjoyed the book
Mairead Hearne (
‘To get up from rock bottom, you’ve got to take the stairs…’

The Neighbours was published with Avon Books on February 6th and is described as ‘a funny, honest and moving exploration of life, love, friendship and navigating the emotional rollercoaster of your thirties… and beyond.’

The Neighbours is a warm and light-hearted tale about discovering who you really are and what it is that’s important to you. Ginny Taylor is in her thirties and in a relationship that has seen better days. She is in
Stephanie Wood
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this fast-paced contemporary story of self-discovery and unconventional friendships.
There are some interesting sub-plots in this tale but the developing relationship between Ginny and Cassie is definitely the main focus and evolves gradually through the many escapades in which they get involved. There are plenty of smiles in this fun and light-hearted read.
Fabulous Book Fiend
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you love character driven novels then this one is definitely for you! This book is very different from what I thought it was going to be based on the synopsis and the cover but I’m really not complaining about that because we basically step into Ginny’s shoes and we’re taken on a wild ride through her life.

Ginny is a great character to follow along with because she is flawed and she knows it. She doesn’t have the smoothest ride and she voices some of the things we would all love to voice in o
Book Ninja
It took me some time to get into the story but I really liked the friendship between Ginny and Cassie and how the tables turn and yet they are there for each other. Ginny's character growth is amazing, she becomes a stronger person but is still the Ginny we meet in the beginning. She doesn't lose her essence. Cassie's story was a bit sad in the middle of the book but it shows you how the world of showbiz works; one minute they will have you on a pedestal and the next you are being showed in the ...more
Helen Leecy
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m really excited to have been asked to be part of the blog tour for this book. The kindle version will be released on the 6th February 2020. My blog will be published on the 9th of February 2020 at
I received a copy of the book in advance via NetGalley in return for an honest review as part of my blog.
Finally, I’ve read a decent book this year. I was beginning to wonder whether it was going to be possible and whether I’d used up all my good book tokens in 2019! I thoroughly
3.5 Stars ~ Rounded

Told from the point of view of Ginny, now 34, working for a boss she abhors, in a flat relationship that she thinks will bring her the “dream”, but won’t ‘correct her boyfriend’s bad behavior, losing a flatmate to the hustle and bustle of New York, and generally thinking that she’s stagnated when others have moved on. Oh – and she has MASSIVE baby fever, with all of the engagements, pregnancies and ‘promotions’ that scroll across her social media daily. But walking in on her
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