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- Print Length: 319 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Plum Tree Press (November 24, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 24, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N53XOT6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,092 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Confessions of a Neighbor” has all the perfect ingredients for an enthralling mystery/thriller: Ella’s inability to separate reality and her memories in some cases, thinking that she might have inherited her mother’s paranoia; a twisted plot that she never thought she was a part of; and last but not least the whole atmosphere of deception and fear which prevails in the story, making the hairs on your neck stand up while reading certain parts.
Ella was indeed a real, multi-dimensional protagonist who I couldn’t help but relate to and admire her will-power in the end of the novel. Also, I very much appreciated quite a different setting: the novel takes place in Switzerland, and an insider’s look into a different lifestyle made this an even more pleasurable read. Highly recommended.
Confessions of a Neighbor is a high intensity book. While it doesn't pack lots of action into the pages, the action comes from the reader's imagination as they connect the dots and see what is really going on. The novel moves at a steady pace and the author has done a great job of developing the characters in the story. Ella is strong and the reader will find it easy to sympathize with her situations. Owen is the best kind of villain: the one that you don't even really know is the villain until it is too late. Fans of psychological thrillers will like this because it comes with its fair share of head games. It might even keep you up at night wondering if someone might just be watching.
But she has some friends, older people who seem to be watching out for her, especially one, Mr. V. She becomes a member of Zurich Junior Ballet. She accepts an invitation from Owen to dinner at his home. She drinks two glasses of champagne, and awakes next morning naked in Owen’s bedroom feeling hungover and fearing the worst. Five months later she finds herself pregnant; with Owen claiming the child is his. She purely hates the idea of having the child.
Ella does not hold the child when born, and the baby is kept by an older friend. Circumstances force her to hold the baby, and immediately Love overwhelms her. Owen and Irma steal the baby, but through her own efforts, Ella retrieves the child. Owen and his wife are finally disposed of.
It is then that she grows up and finds her true self, the self that in the past only appeared in her dancing. Consistent with her drive for dancing, Ells finds herself. She acknowledges to her that she has had a ‘victim mentality’, believing that “others were responsible for her circumstances”. She admits her own complicity in all this. Now she had to forgive herself and find the ability” to change her circumstances.” This resolve she attributes to the love for her daughter.
She went after the man she really loved; and she reveled in the fact that she now had a family of friends…. and at least one relative.
The story contrasts well against the smooth and flowing platform and images of ballet dancing: It is a suspenseful thriller with twists at every turn – well written and well crafted. The take on ‘genius’ is inspiring: ”genius took (takes) spark within those that offered up everything as kindling until there was nothing left but pain and the tedium of continually throwing all one’s energy at striking rock to rock in the hope of that flash of light”. Nice……
The story is generally dark but ends up with a lot of light. It shows subjugation of a young and vulnerable mind to others in Owen’s ‘squeezing and easing” behavior – he was always ominous; while his wife was grossly domineering. It is also a heads up on the current social conditions regarding predator and prey. I hurt at Ella’s seemingly not understanding all this, and until the end I feared for her general safety and mental condition. I hurt in the circumstances of her becoming pregnant. I was glad at the retrieval of the baby, and especially for the disappearance of Owen and Irma; but saddened at the treatment pf immigrants. And I cheered at the growth and awakening of Ella. It pays to have some caring friends in the right places.
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