- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 7, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1634766482
- ISBN-13: 978-1634766487
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Couple Next Door Paperback – December 7, 2015
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First impression: What in the eff did I just read?
I'm going to say, begrudgingly, that I liked this mind-bending book.
I was hooked from the start and all the way through I was wide-eyed and agog, dismayed and afraid.
This was scary. I need hugs and self-care like you wouldn't believe--or a sappy sweet low-angst fluff romance would do just fine 'bout now.
But, putting my own little neuroses aside, this story was pretty fantastic and well structured.
Also, hmmm, I've gotta point this out. The book is written in first person present tense. This is my least favorite. Except, I also think it's a bold choice and kinda fearless--so respect to the author for doing it. And, it worked very well for the story and pacing--I wasn't bothered by it at all.
The romance aspect was relatively mild in comparison to the drama the new neighbors bring to the 'hood. It was there and mostly enjoyable--except I was greedy for more sweet-n-sexy times to solidify more my belief that these guys belong together because I was nodding my head in emphatic agreement that Jeremy needed to stay away...far, far away. As in...RUN like the wind, don't look back--never look back. There are other fish in the sea and all that. But he stuck it out so we could get the story. So, good for him I s'pose...taking one for the team. The epilogue was good to make me believe it was all worth it.
If edge-of-the-seat suspense is your bag, then go for it. I recommend it.
It is a tale in which author Reed tosses shot after shot of shock and pity and cruelty and indecision and submission and stupidity--right until the end. That I could not for a moment have much sympathy for Jeremy's indecisiveness worked against me anticipating anything like the ending Reed gives us. It is a testimony to his ability to spin a tale that tastes sour every step of the way until, eventually, you have to swallow and hope that the taste left in your throat is not bile, but sugar.
Worth the journey