Author: Alex Marwood

The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood

Posted March 30, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 7 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Killer Next Door by Alex MarwoodThe Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood
Narrator: Imogen Church
Published by Tantor Audio on October 28, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Length: 12 hours
Source: Publisher
Audio | Goodreads
four-stars

Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didn't, they wouldn't be renting rooms in a dodgy old building for cash--no credit check, no lease. It's the kind of place you end up when you you've 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 don't know is that one of them is a killer. He's already chosen his next victim, and he'll do anything to protect his secret.

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Quick summary

The story centers around the tenants at 34 Beulah Road outside of London. One of them is a serial killer, referred to as “The Lover.” What’s bizarre is that no one even knows the women he’s abducted and killed are missing, let alone there being a murderer in their midst.

 

What I “enjoyed”

Each tenant has their own circumstances that make this an interesting book. Their backstories are told from each person’s perspective, some heartbreaking and others chilling. It’s easy to eliminate many of them early on but there are a few that are highly suspect and will keep you guessing.

Warning…you also get The Lover’s introspection, including his rather gruesome analysis of the bodies he’s preserving in his apartment. I’ve a high tolerance for the macabre but I hit my limit here.

 

Narration

The narrator does an excellent job of storytelling, building tension in the right places and tugging your heartstrings when it was appropriate. My only criticism is with her portrayal of some of the men where it was almost comical. However, she was so good in all other respects I adjusted fairly quickly.

 

The bottom line

I really liked this book, which initially had a slow start but grew on me after a short while. At first, I didn’t even think I was liking the characters but that changes, too, because of the author’s skillful characterizations. Coupled with the talent of the narrator, it made for a very satisfying reading experience with an ending that left me smiling.

About Imogen Church

Born in Scotland and raised in England, Imogen trained as an actress at The Drama Centre London, under Christopher Fettes, Yat Malmgren and Reuven Adiv. Since graduating several moons ago, she has worked extensively in theatre, film, commercials and comedy sketch work and she works regularly as a voice artist; she also spent several years underground enjoying success as a deliciously naughty cabaret artiste, making people laugh and generally being rude.

As a screenwriter, her first screenplay won the 2009 award for Best Feature Screenplay at the Reel Women Film Festival in Los Angeles.

About Alex Marwood

Raised by wolves, Alex Marwood passed her formative years in the lands beyond the Arctic circle, developing pack skills, excellent night vision and an ability to survive on raw protein. Ideally equipped for a life on Fleet Street, she then became a journalist.

Her first novel, The Wicked Girls, was published by Sphere, in 2012, and achieved widespread acclaim and word-of-mouth bestsellerdom. In 2013 it was shortlisted for an ITW award, and included in Stephen King’s Ten Best Books of the Year list. It was published by Penguin in the US in 2013, and is shortlisted for an Edgar Allen Poe award.

The Killer Next Door, described by The Sun as “nasty, compelling and original”, was released as an ebook in 2013, and as a paperback in June 2014.

Alex herself is a figment of the imagination of the novelist and sometime journalist Serena Mackesy.