You think you know the people next door… What if they know you better?I always dreamed of moving back home to Ridgeview Pines, with its white fences and sloping lawns. I wish it had happened under different circumstances, but now I’m here I feel safe and ready for a fresh start with my little family.The first thing I do every morning is pick up my phone and check The Neighbor List—our local message board. Maybe the people next door know a little too much about where their neighbors are and what they’re doing, but it’s safer that way, isn’t it? And my husband—he wouldn’t dare sneak behind my back with so many eyes watching.Just when I’m beginning to relax, a woman I’ve known since I was small is found dead on the white tiles of her bathroom floor. I watch messages of condolence flood my screen. No one else suspects a thing.But I know that among all these friendly people, watching out for one another, someone knows more than they’re sharing. And I wonder—how far back do they remember, and who’s next?
‘We live next door’… This means you often only live a few meters from the people in the house next or in front of yours, but what do you know about them?
Not very much. You only know what they want to reveal and often you conclude things on what you see, but do you ever know someone really? Even the people you have known for years or live under the same roof often manage to surprise you after all this time. Some are pleasant revelations, others not so much.
Then of course there are the nosy ones and aren’t we lucky sometimes they are the way they are? They see, hear everything or want to delve into something until they know every last detail. Believe it or not they bring justice or force the police to dig deeper too.
Jess is like a dog with a bone and isn’t easily scared away. When it seems like her world is tumbling down and the danger is creeping closer to home, she is like a lioness. She fights with all she has in her. It seems like she is losing the battle until someone arrives to fight her corner…
The more I read, the more I got immersed in the story. It started like a soft breeze, but soon I found myself in a storm. I had not one single inkling what to expect, but I most certainly did not expect this ending. It was brilliant. 5 stars
Thank you, Laura Wolfe and Bookouture
About the author
Laura Wolfe’s fascination with things that go bump in the night probably stems from having watched too many scary movies when she was younger. She is an active member of multiple writing groups, including Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. Laura enjoys living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband, son, and daughter. She can often be found hiking through local nature trails, eating vegetarian food, or doting on her rescue dog.