If you’re a tenant at 23 Beulah Grove it’s likely because you’ve got no other choice. The landlord is unreliable at best and downright criminal at worst, but he’ll take cash and you’re likely to get a room without references. Is it worth it, though?
Collette has been on the run for months and has just returned to England to be close to her dying mother. Beulah Grove is nearby and has an opening thanks to the recent disappearance of a tenant everyone suspects dodged out on the rent. Collette isn’t interested in making friends, she’s not planning to be at Beulah Grove long enough, but even she can’t ignore the things going on in the house. When one roommate is attacked and another becomes entangled in a dangerous deception that could affect them all, Collette can’t help but get involved.
But that’s not the worst of it. The missing tenant at Beulah Grove isn’t missing at all and if Collette isn’t careful, she may be the one to disappear next.
The book begins at the end with just enough information to tease the reader and set them on edge. Marwood then takes the story back to Collette’s beginning to show exactly how she ended up at Beulah Grove in the first place. As the characters are introduced, the killer’s identity is kept pretty brilliantly under wraps even as his twisted methods are revealed.
Six tenants in a rent house with a sleazy landlord would be bad enough. Break-ins, hidden cameras, and a serial killer masquerading as your average, everyday neighbor are about the worst scenarios ever. The Killer Next Door is a renter’s worst nightmare and Marwood’s characters are doomed from the get go! It feels almost wrong to say that I enjoyed reading this one – but only almost.
11/14 Becky LeJeune
THE KILLER NEXT DOOR by Alex Marwood. Penguin Books; Reprint edition (October 28, 2014). ISBN: 978-0143126690. 400p.