The Woman Next Door by Sue Watson / #Review @bookouture @suewatsonwriter  

I suppose everyone has regrets, wonders what if? People all have their reasons for living here. Who knows what lies behind the pretty curtains and the well-groomed lawns of Mulberry Avenue?

Lucy has a lovely husband, a job she adores as a teacher, and a house on Mulberry Avenue that she’s decorated just the way she wants – from the floaty curtains and the softest bed linen, right down to the perfectly-chosen velvet cushions on their comfortable sofa. Life isn’t perfect, but it’s pretty close.

She’s also got Amber. Her newest friend and neighbour. They’ve got so much in common. Even if Amber’s life sometimes seems a lot more glamorous and exciting, she shares Lucy’s down-to-earth sense of humour, and Amber seems so interested in Lucy and her life, it’s like they never run out of things to talk about.

But then Amber starts acting strangely, claiming her life isn’t all it seems, talking about how she thinks she might be pregnant, and confiding in Lucy that she’s started getting threatening messages.

She’s scared, and the only person she can turn to is Lucy. She wants to stay at Lucy’s house until things calm down.

Lucy wants to protect her friend. But can she really trust Amber? Because sometimes other people are not all that they seem. Sometimes they have secrets. And they’d do anything to keep them…




What would you do when you see someone new has moved into the house a few doors down? Would you give a friendly wave when you meet them in the shops or on the street or stop for a little chat? Or would you rather go and knock on their door to introduce yourself and invite them to spend time together?

Some people might take you up on it straight away. Some need a little more time, but it can either way be the beginning of a great friendship even though both parties can be total opposites.

When your new friend is being stalked, you don’t need to think twice. You invite them in your home even though your husband is not really their biggest fan. But isn’t that what a loving husband does: placate their wives when they really want something?

Is Amber really a good friend or does she use people and throws them away afterwards? Or is it Lucy who is the bad egg pretending to help Amber? Whose site it Matt, Lucy’s husband on? And who is that stalker?

A few times I thought: ‘hmm, something weird is going on here. Some things don’t add up.’ So I had my suspicions. I was right about some, wrong about others. 😊

I enjoyed this story a lot. All that glitters is not gold. That is something we always should keep in mind. 5 stars

Thank you, Sue Watson and Bookouture


About the author

Sue Watson was a TV Producer at the BBC until she wrote her first book and was hooked.

Now a USA Today bestselling author, Sue explores the darker side of life, writing psychological thrillers with big twists. Originally from Manchester, she now lives with her family in leafy Worcestershire where much of her day is spent writing – and procrastinating. Her hobby is eating cake while watching diet and exercise programmes from the sofa, a skill she’s perfected after many years of practice.


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