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The Killer Next Door
The Killer Next Door: A Novel | Alex Marwood
30 posts | 40 read | 59 to read
Winner of the Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel and nominated for the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original Alex Marwoods debut novel, The Wicked Girls, earned her lavish praise from the likes of Stephen King, Laura Lippman, and Erin Kelly, and won the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. Now Marwoods back with a brilliant, tightly paced thriller that will keep you up at night and make you ask yourself: just how well do you know your neighbors? Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didnt, they wouldnt be renting rooms in a dodgy old building for cashno credit check, no lease. Its the kind of place you end up when you youve run out of other options. The six residents mostly keep to themselves, but one unbearably hot summer night, a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance. What they dont know is that one of them is a killer. Hes already chosen his next victim, and hell do anything to protect his secret.
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LibraryCin
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Mehso-so

I had a bit of trouble figuring out what was going on at the start. Part of it was that it didn‘t grab me and hold my attention right away, and I think part of it was also the number of characters. But, after a bit, I figured out the characters, though I still think I missed a bit of the happenings at the start. Cont in comments...

LibraryCin The middle of the book was very good, but I got a bit “lost” at the end, as well. I caught some of what happened at the end, but had a bit of trouble figuring out how things were tied up. Overall, though, I liked it. 2mo
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nrjohnso
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Mehso-so

I initially thought this would be a page turning thriller with such a title and synopsis. However, it actually was more of a contemporary fiction. It wasn't one of my favorite reads but I could appreciate the concept of friendship and loyalty.
Overall score: 3.0/5.0

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Sweettartlaura
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Pickpick

(Hey, where‘s all the stickers?😟)

Ooh! What a nasty little book 🤗. Creepy landlord + tenants on the margins of society + killer/mummifier on the premises = a twisted British tale😱 I listened to this one, and really enjoyed it. It may have been a tad too long. But you really do get to know all the characters that way.
I was grateful for the satisfying ending to this. You go through a lot with these characters & want them to “win”.

Kappadeemom This was so creepy! 11mo
kgriffith Stickers are restored with the latest update! 11mo
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Victoriahoperose
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This is one of my top picks for worst villain. It took so long to put it all together and it was just a boring reveal when it finally came about. It annoyed me because the build up was slow and just not worth it. Not a fan. #lovehate

ErinSueMreads Oh man that‘s rough...that makes for a wicked long book 11mo
Victoriahoperose @ErinSueG yes!!! It was super long 😒 11mo
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sprainedbrain
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Pickpick

It‘s been a while since I read a thriller that didn‘t annoy me somehow (usually with completely unlikable, unreliable narrators), but this was very good! It is graphic at times, and downright gross at others, but the story moves along quickly and I really liked several of the main characters. Solid writing, and a bit of a twist ending that didn‘t make me mad. 🙌🏻

Great choice for #HGPBC #TeamDracula, Elizabeth!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

MelissaS I love the “ending that didn‘t make me mad” endorsement!! I completely understand 12mo
sprainedbrain @MelissaS I just hate when they throw in a lazy twist at the end that makes the rest of the book seem pointless. That did NOT happen here! 😂 12mo
BookDragonNotWorm I really liked this one. It didn't feel like something I'd read a dozen times, the plot was fresh and unique. 12mo
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BBooks
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Is it wrong to select a book by its narrator?? If it is, I don't want to be right 😉 Imogen Church is one of my favorites 💗

RadicalReader @BBooks “if it‘s wrong to select a book based on unreliable narrators I don‘t wanna be right.” So well said 12mo
BBooks @RadicalReader I do have a few narrators I avoid too 🤷🏻‍♀️ 12mo
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BookDragonNotWorm
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Pickpick

I had just started this book & was liking it when life sent a curve ball & I found myself unable to read for a few weeks. Picked it back up & wasn't able to put it down. Was shocked to see others listing all the horrible things that happen in the book. It is filled with misery, but I found it balanced by dark humor. Then again, that's the mindset I was in while reading it, so who knows. A pick for me, can't believe the author isn't better known.

sprainedbrain I just finished and I agree completely with your review! 12mo
BookDragonNotWorm @sprainedbrain And I with yours! Thanks! 12mo
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StellarDoc
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#Ash loves bedtime. #Caturday #CatsOfLitsy

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Victoriahoperose
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Panpan

This was so insanely slow. I didn‘t like the characters or the plot as it progressed. It was just dull and hard to stick with to the end.

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Jemgirl2014
Pickpick

This is on Book Bub for $1.99. This is a good book! The killer is twisted so considered yourselves warned.

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JacqMac
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1. The teens library card. How long before he‘s frantically looking for it? 😂
2. 7.5 The cold meds knocked me out.
3. All the chocolate! (White chocolate is not chocolate.)
4. Every six months or so. I‘m an introvert who HATES hair salons.
5. Highly recommend.
#HumpDayPost @MinDea

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JacqMac
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Pickpick

This was so good! Excellent Halloween read. If you don‘t trust me, just ask Stephen King.

Reviewsbylola I read his book The Wicked Girls but my mind is blanking right now on what it‘s about and whether I liked it. 😆 I need to check this one out. 1y
JacqMac @Reviewsbylola I didn‘t read The Wicked Girls, but I think I have to now. Lol 1y
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TorieStorieS
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Pickpick

Too cozy in bed last night when I finished this one, but this #TeamDracula pick exceeded my expectations!! A bit gory, great characters and a tense plot kept me turning pages past my bedtime on a Sunday night!! Can‘t wait to see what you all think!! #Skulls feature here- and here‘s another view of our #fireplace! #BlackCatChallenge #LitsyClassics @Clwojick @Sarah83

AsYouWish Yay!!! I am glad you liked it too!!! 1y
TorieStorieS I totally did, @AsYouWish - looking forward to seeing what you pick for our group next!! 😊🎃🎃😊 1y
TorieStorieS @StellarDoc mailed this to you today! 😊🎃😊 1y
StellarDoc Package arrived today! 1y
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JacqMac
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It‘s almost bedtime. Why not start a new book? Who needs sleep?

BookishTrish Ditto 1y
Crewgurl Famous last words!! 1y
GypsyKat Sleep is for wussies! 😉📚 1y
SassyBookworm Doing the some thing! Who needs sleep, right? 😏 1y
gradcat Yup...ditto all! 1y
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AsYouWish
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Pickpick

This book was good, some of the chapters dragged for me a bit and there was a lot of information to take it. I had The Killer figured out early on, but it was still enjoyable to read. I don't want to give too much away for the rest of my book club members!

I hope the rest of #TeamDracula likes it!

#HorrorGoesPostalBookClub #hgpbc

@TorieStorieS @StellarDoc @sprainedbrain

sprainedbrain Looking forward to this one! 1y
TorieStorieS Sounds good!!! I‘m heading to the post office tomorrow!! 1y
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Readingismyescape
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Pickpick

A dark story filled with danger and suspense. Engaging, well developed characters. One thing I should point out - it‘s a bit gruesome (avoid if you are squeamish about disposing of bodies especially). 🌟🌟🌟 (3/5 stars)

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Readingismyescape
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People who don‘t live with cats don‘t know this: that if you know them well, their emotions are written large across their faces, if you only care to look.

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Tonton
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Pickpick

I got cranky every time I had to step away from this; had to keep reading as the feeling of impeding dread kept snowballing because I knew awful things were going to happen. An old dilapidated house in south London is home to six tenants, all who are hiding secrets. There‘s a creepy nasty landlord. Very unexpected developments and kickass ending. Plus a cat named Psycho!

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KarenUK
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About to start the tagged book for #letterk for #litsyAtoZ challenge.... Anyone read any good ‘“Q”or “X” books they can recommend?

Merethebookgal Haven't read it myself but have heard good things about it 2y
LeeRHarry I read The Queen of the Tearling if you like fantasy (edited) 2y
Hooked_on_books I would suggest this one for X. I enjoyed it. 2y
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Natasha.C.Barnes I asked a similar question and someone recommended The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (if you're including authors for your list). I really liked the audiobook and it was gripping enough that I flew through it in 2 days. 2y
Blaire If you like nonfiction quiet on introverts is great. (edited) 2y
Blaire Also this is classic graham greene. (edited) 2y
dariazeoli This one was kind of entertaining 2y
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Samabookutopia
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This book (The killer next door) was a gift from my momma, finally got time to read this beau! If you have read it, comment below and tell me if you liked it.
#currentlyreading #thekillernextdoor #thriller #mystery #horror #alexmarwood #bookstagram #bookclub #booknerd

Hira Really wanna read this, it looks so good! 3y
Samabookutopia @Hira it really is. It is very gripping. 3y
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Reggie
Pickpick

This author knows how to write a character, I just felt maybe i was expecting something else. It is about how even when you find yourself on your own and alone, you can build a new family out of strangers who you let in. Like i said, the author can write a character. The book shoulda been called The Killer Next Door to England's most charming eclectic group of societal discards. I was expecting horror and suspense and i got maybe 10 pages of it.

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JSHouse

On to the next! So... If Stephen King calls it "scary as hell" it damn well better live up to that label! If so I'll definitely be adding ' the wicked girls' to the tbr list.

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Reggie
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‘It takes a certain type of person to want to be a copper in the first place. You don‘t want to be a copper if you don‘t want to tell other people what to do, do you? Only they‘ve got power. Actual power, not made-up power, and everybody wants to think they‘re on the side of the angels, so it‘s really hard to persuade them that they‘re not. I‘d be very careful of the police. The law‘s not set up for people like us.‘

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KrisConstantReader
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Ebook deal today, this one looks great and has excellent reviews on Goodreads. Plus, The King seems to be recommending it.

melbeautyandbooks This book is excellent! I read it after reading this original review from Mr. King. 3y
KrisConstantReader @melbeautyandbooks good to know, I just bought it. 3y
Gayan I love all my Littens, y'all are enablers! ❤️ 3y
Bookzombie This was great. I listened to it on audio after I saw someone post in on Litsy. 3y
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Bookzombie
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Pickpick

This book wasn't quite what I expected, but that wasn't a bad thing at all. I enjoyed the story and liked many of the characters. I will definitely be checking out her other books. Also, listen to this on audio, the narrator does a fabulous job. 4⭐️

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Bookzombie
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This is my cat trying to get my attention as I take a Litsy break from cleaning. #HelloOctober #audiobook #catsoflitsy

TheLibrarian My cat does this all the time too! 3y
Theresa The book title with that picture... 😂😂😂 3y
bookwrm526 @Theresa that would totally be the title of my cat's memoir 😺😈😺😈😺😈 3y
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Bookzombie @TheLibrarian 😂 I just realized she is now on clean towels I sat on the couch for just a minute. 💕🐱 3y
Eyelit 😸😻 3y
Bookzombie @Theresa I didn't even catch that! 😂 @bookwrm526 😂😂 3y
Bookzombie @Eyelit thank you! 3y
Dragon Cute kitty 🐱 3y
Bookzombie @Dragon Thank you! She totally knows it too. 😋 3y
DebinHawaii Sweet kitty! 🐱❤️ 3y
Bookzombie @DebinHawaii Thank you! 3y
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Marla
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Pickpick

This is one creepy book! Very enjoyable! I listened to the audiobook and Imogen Church does a fantastic job with the voices.

[DELETED] 2232195534 Oh yes! What a bunch of 'interesting' people, right? 😱😱 3y
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Marla
Pickpick

This is one creepy book! Very enjoyable! I listened to the audiobook and Imogen Church does a fantastic job with the voices.

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JoeStalksBeck
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I love this author but I really ❤️❤️❤️❤️ the narrator , Imogen Church.

[DELETED] 2232195534 Listened to this one a while back. Oh. My. Goodness. Great narrator and creepy book. 😱 3y
JoeStalksBeck @kaysreadinglife awesome! I honestly think Imogen Church can make any book amazing 3y
Marla I'm listening to it now and it's very creepy. 3y
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annzah
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I love my job but I really can't wait to get home today and dig into this gem again! 📚❤️

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