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An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with dark and jaw-dropping twists--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
‘Gripped me from the start: Cass Green sensitively imagines your worst nightmare next door – a truly psychological thriller’ Claire Seeber
‘A creepy psychological exploration of the power of secrets to destroy your life’ Psychologies
‘The Girl on the Train meets Notes on a Scandal. I read it one sitting, totally gripped.’ Erin Kelly
‘Twisty, tense and with a truly odious villain’ Eva Dolan
‘The Woman Next Door had me gripped from first page to last – completely under the spell of prim yet twisted narrator Hester, a pensioner with an exhilaratingly pitch-black heart of darkness beneath her twinset and pearls’
Ruth Ware, author of In A Dark Dark Wood
‘I couldn't put it down. It gripped me from the first page. The best psychological thriller I've read all year’ Suzy Greaves, editor, Psychologies magazine
‘Cass Green storms onto the crime scene with this classic and compelling psychological thriller – Hester is a gloriously dark character who held me in her grip from the first page to the last.’ Ava Marsh, author of Untouchable--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B01GQW795E
- Publisher : One More Chapter (July 22, 2016)
- Publication date : July 22, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 1187 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 257 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #321,059 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Hester and Melissa are next door neighbors. Apparently they were close at one time, but not so much for quite a while now. Melissa, the younger one, seems to have it all. She's very attractive, has a beautiful house and a husband and daughter. Hester is middle-aged, no husband (apparently she had one at one time, but <i>something</I> happened...), no children, and no friends.
There's something "off" about Hester. She has secrets. She's pretty and judgemental toward everyone. Except Melissa. She seems to be obsessed with Melissa. They were once close, and she's determined to get back in Melissa's good graces. However, Hester makes Melissa uncomfortable, and she's avoided her strange neighbor whenever she can. But something strange is going on with Melissa also. Clearly, she's carrying secrets of her own. And then something happens that bring the two women together, for better or for worse...
As I read the pages, I felt as if the author was dangling a carrot in front of me. I enjoyed this psychological thriller very much, although I thought the ending fizzled a bit. Am definitely interested in reading another book by this author.
Four stars, and then some.
This is a story of two neighbors, Hester and Melissa, who at one time were close but had a falling out that left them barely acknowledging each other. I like to think of them as a "Beauty and the Beast" kind of neighbors. Melissa is a rich, beautiful and she has it all including the doctor husband and a beautiful outgoing teenage daughter. Hester is the older, alone, harden, nosy neighbor. As in most situations it takes a tragedy to bring people back together, and murder brought these two neighbors back together. The man from Melissa's messed up childhood re-enters her life. His shocking reappearance, his lies and his ability to sexually seduce her bringing out feelings from her past. Hester stumbles upon the intruder from Melissa's past and is outraged at his attempt to hurt Melissa. But all is not as it seems.
Then Hester decides to kidnap this man's child. What a ride this story portrays.
Read it even though it is a bit wordy.
The story is definitely a strange one. There were twists and turns that surprised me and I'm not one to usually be surprised. The characters, especially Hester, are easy to relate to at first. You can see yourself as the lonely old woman with no family and just wanting friends but her obsessions take over and she .... it's crazy.
This is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys suspense.
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Hester and Melissa’s journey to Dorset is littered with obstacles that keep the tension high as it constantly seems like they are about to be discovered: the AA repair man, the police, the camper. However, it also didn’t quite feel realistic and you have to suspend disbelief. Despite all their efforts, they were reckless about leaving a trail of their whereabouts and it seems obvious that the body will be discovered and could easily be traced back to them. Hester’s commentary is both chilling and amusing, as she repeatedly refers to the body as ‘it’ and tells us how excited she is to be going on a trip with Melissa.
On the whole, I didn’t enjoy this as much as In a Cottage In a Wood and at times I couldn’t believe it was the same author. The whole thing felt too far fetched. I couldn’t put In a Cottage In a Wood down but with this one I was looking forward to getting to the end and moving on. While Hester turned out to be interesting, Melissa’s rags to riches character felt cliché and I found her irritating more than anything. When her big secret finally comes out, it’s anticlimactic and I wasn’t sure I saw the big deal since she had already served her time (although Hester’s revelation about Jamie is a much bigger and better twist!). This was the author’s debut adult novel and I think she’s definitely improved between writing this and writing In a Cottage In a Wood.
In Cass Green's The Woman Next Door, readers are introduced to Melissa and Hester, neighbours and old friends who were once a lot closer than they are today, thanks to Hester's babysitting duties when Melissa's daughter was a lot younger. Nowadays, Hester is lucky to get a 'hello' from Melissa, and Melissa wishes Hester would give it up already, trying to worm her way back into her life with cakes and dishes being delivered on the doorstep. Can't the older woman take a hint? But, when things go drastically wrong for Melissa, and Hester turns up offering to help, it's impossible for Melissa to turn down the offer. After all, what the hell does she know about this sort of thing? As it turns out, Hester is exactly what Melissa needs in the dark and dangerous circumstances that arise, and before she knows what's happening, things begin to spiral dangerously out of control.
Addictive is one word that I'd use to describe this novel. Unputdownable. Thrilling. Shocking. Unbelievable. I could go on. Cass Green is incredibly talented, that much is true. The suspense and tension in this novel was almost too much to bear, and when Melissa's life suddenly took an unseen and ghastly turn, I didn't know what to do or where to look. I really hadn't seen it coming, which only made it all the more thrilling for me as the reader. In terms of plot, this was twistier than I could have imagined, sharper and punchier than I'd anticipated, and I absolutely flew through the pages, desperate to see where Green would take her characters and how they'd navigate the treacherous path they'd started upon. Fast-paced and disturbing, it was a real shocker of a novel that held me tight within its grasp, refusing to let go until I reached the end.
Green's characters in The Woman Next Door were superbly crafted. Melissa and Hester, although they appeared different on the surface, each had their own secrets to keep hidden, so I suppose, in a way, they were more similar than they realised. I loved the switching of narrative within this novel, allowing me a detailed insight into each of the women's separate lives and histories. I was fascinated by both, perhaps more so by Hester, and loved the teasing hints towards their pasts that had me wondering what exactly had gone on back then and made them into the women they were today. The contrast in their lifestyles was impossible to miss. While Melissa was rather glamorous and lived a lavish life, Hester wasn't. Hester's interest in Melissa and her daughter was something that unnerved me. She was a very watchful woman and knew, in detail, the whereabouts of Melissa from day to day. There was definitely something odd about her, although I couldn't put my finger on what. From the way Hester spoke to things she'd do or comment upon, it was clear she didn't miss a thing. What I also found was that she was also a very clever woman. Her mind worked in a strange way and I suppose that's why I was so curious about her. Melissa, on the other hand, seemed much more the sort of woman for keeping up appearances. Although she lived in a very nice house with a very nice garden, there were demons from her past that she just couldn't seem to get away from, no matter how far she ran. Both women kept me intrigued right the way through, as I waited eagerly for more of their truths and secrets to push through the surface and make themselves known. It made for a very exciting, rather gruesome, read, and I was kept guessing again and again, which I loved.
This was such an almighty thrilling read that kept me on my toes and wondering in which direction the author would take me next. Every time I thought I knew where the characters were going, I was proved wrong. There were plenty of moments where I found myself wondering 'how far are these women going to take this?', only for Cass Green to show me that it was a lot further than I'd first imagined. It was tense, shocking and oh-so-dangerous, with the threat of being found out constantly lurking at the side-lines. I raced through the book, horrified at the turn of events within but eager to see how it would all play out before the final page.
If you love a thriller that delves into the unexpected, then The Woman Next Door by Cass Green is definitely a novel for you. I cannot wait for news of Green's next book. If it's anything like this, then I know that I'll be in for a treat, albeit a gruesomely thrilling one. Becca's Books is awarding The Woman Next Door by Cass Green with five of my bookish cupcakes.
Melissa is a polished, self assured mother with a seemingly outward perfect life. Living next door to Hester; a woman in her sixties; retired, along with her dog and a world apart from Melissa. Over the years Hester has helped out Melissa helping to look after Melissa's daughter when she was a small child. Unfortunately, the overbearing Hester had to ruin things by becoming a little too overbearing for Melissa's tastes and the two women had a fallout........ until one day..... and that's all I can really say about the storyline.
What follows is a detailed continuation of what happens on that fateful day and how the two women are thrown together threw circumstances that neither woman expected. It's a different kind of story with narratives led from both women through alternating chapters which works very well. Melissa and Hester are fascinating characters and you do get a feel of their backgrounds and what brought them to this juncture.
At times the plotline feels a little over the top especially towards the end hence the star rating but all in all I came away having enjoyed it for the most part. Especially Hester and her busy body ways. If only she had better guidance in her younger years! Recommended.
I loved the character of Hester, the lonely older lady who lives with her cute little dog and was as loopy as a fruit bat. I imagined her being a bit like Scary Mary in Coronation Street, always trying to be helpful to others but with a creepy undertone you can’t quite put your finger on. Some of her scenes were just so funny, like when she took a huge tray of homemade scones round to her posh neighbour’s party in the hope of an invite, really not understanding why anyone would prefer to pay caterers to produce tiny little canapés with indistinguishable ingredients. Her antics at the party were hilarious – despite events the next morning. I even liked the character of Melissa, poor bad girl made good, and her pretentious, snobby ways.
The book has lots of twists and turns along the way, some of them quite hilarious, and the ending had a good conclusion too.
I hope to read more from this author along these lines.