The Mistress Next Door by Lesley Sanderson / #Review #BooksOnTour @bookouture @LSandersonbooks

I know what you did. You destroyed my life. Now I’m going to take everything from you, starting with your husband. I’m your worst nightmare, and I’m closer than you think.Oliver, my husband and the father of our three little girls, used to be my rock. But recently he’s been behaving strangely, staying out late, working weekends and emotionally absent even when home. Now as I clutch a receipt for a hotel room and champagne for two, hidden away in his coat pocket, I’m devastated. What else can I assume other than he’s cheating?I’ve risked everything for the life I have now, a life that’s a million miles from… before. Not that Oliver would know anything about that. I would do anything to hold on to the perfect future I so dearly long for. A future that is now about to come crashing down.Because Oliver’s cheating isn’t the only threat to my family. This morning I received an anonymous note. One that changes everything. The past isn’t just haunting me, it’s coming back to destroy me. It seems that someone in our close-knit community of Prospect Close knows my secret. Someone who’s willing to do whatever it takes to get their revenge. They’ve already stolen my husband. How much further will they go? And what can I do to stop them…?




It’s nice to live in a neighbourhood where your neighbours are more than just that. They have become friends. There is a Whatsapp group for helping each other out, mom’s and children meet for play dates,ladies meet for coffee, … But there are downsides too of course. Aren’t there everywhere? The biggest one is gossip. People who are living close together often see things or think they have seen something and soon a molehill has become like the Mount Everest.

When you have a past you would like to keep in the past, it is very possible you feel claustrophobic. You are constantly looking over your shoulder, because you fear one day someone might find uut what happened and you will be exposed. With every day that passes you are convinced someone is out to get you and your life as well as your children’s is in grave danger.

Aren’t you lucky you can count on your trustworthy and loving husband? (insert sarcasm 😉 )

Every time I thought: yes, I know who it is, I had to change course, because of course I was wrong again. LOL Story of my life when I am trying to figure out who is the culprit in mysteries. 

I felt for Harriet. I know she did not act like she should have in the past, but I don’t feel like she was to blame either. I do understand the feelings of the culprit too, but I felt they were a bit to harsh. 

Anyway, I really enjoyed the story. I was an easy read with quite some possible suspects in my opinion. The ending might have been a tad chaotic. 4,5 stars

Thank you


About the author

Lesley attended the Curtis Brown Creative 6 month novel writing course in 2015/6, and in 2017 The Orchid Girls (then On The Edge) was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish fiction prize.

Lesley is the author of psychological thrillers and spends her days writing in coffee shops in Kings Cross where she lives and works as a librarian. She loves the atmosphere and eclectic mix of people in the area. Lesley discovered Patricia Highsmith as a teenager and has been hooked on psychological thrillers ever since.


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