The Neighbor by Joseph Souza [Book Review]

Book Review

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BOOK INFO

Title: The Neighbor

Author: Joseph Souza

Publisher: Kensington

Publish Date: April 24, 2018

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Series: na

My Rating: 2/5

The Neighbor by Joseph Souza

BOOK BLURB

When Leah and her husband, Clay, move from Seattle to Maine, she envisions a vibrant new neighborhood packed with families—playmates for the twins and new couple friends to bond with. But while Clay works long hours to establish his brewery, Leah is left alone each day in a nearly deserted housing development where the only other occupants prefer to keep to themselves.

Bored and adrift, Leah finds herself watching Clarissa and Russell Gaines next door, envying their stylishly decorated home and their university careers. But Leah’s obsession with the intriguing, elegant Clarissa grows until she’s not just spying from afar but sneaking into their house, taking small objects…and reading Clarissa’s diary. It contains clues to a hidden turmoil Leah never guessed at—and a connection to a local college girl who’s disappeared.


The Neighbor by Joseph Souza

MY REVIEW

Leah, Clay, and their kids move from Seattle to Maine. They are the only people residing in their housing development, until a new family moves in next door. Leah becomes focused on befriending the new neighbors, and eventually crosses the line with getting to know them.

The Neighbor old from alternating viewpoints of Leah and Clay. The main focus is Leah wanting to befriend her neighbors, but the small town where they live also has a mystery involving a missing co-ed. Leah is a bit obsessed with the missing girl, and starts looking into her disappearance. Clay is struggling with his brewery business, and not giving his wife and kids much of his time.

The Neighbor is a psychological thriller with several stories happening at once. While a lot is happening, nothing is very engaging. In fact, much of the story is repetitive. Leah and Clay are both self-absorbed and not at all likable. The Neighbor touches on the topic of racial tension, but manages to be more awkward than interesting. On the plus side, this domestic thriller does contain some twists and is a fairly quick read.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books by Joseph Souza:

  1. Need to Find You
  2. Unpaved Surfaces
  3. The Neighbor
  4. Pray for the Girl
  5. The Perfect Daughter

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