Recommend book – The Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn

  • Cover of The NeighborsFormat: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 411 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612184456
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (27 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon UK, Amazon US
  • Language: English


Andrew Morrison sacrificed everything—his childhood, his education, and the girl of his dreams—to look after his alcoholic mother. But enough is enough, and now he’s determined to get out and live his life. That means trading the home he grew up in for a rented room in the house of an old childhood friend—both of which are in sorry shape.

The only thing worse than Drew’s squalid new digs and sullen new roommate is the envy he feels for the house next door: a picture-perfect suburban domicile straight out of Norman Rockwell, with a couple of happy householders to match. But the better acquainted he gets with his new neighbors—especially the sweet and sexy Harlow Ward—the more he suspects unspeakable darkness beyond the white picket fence.

At the intersection of Blue Velvet and Basic Instinct lies The Neighbors, an insidiously entertaining tale of psychological suspense and mounting terror by the boldest new master of the form, Ania Ahlborn.

My Rating: ★★★★ (4 out of 5)

My Review

I’ll start by saying I enjoyed this book. I loved Seed and so was always going to buy the next book Ania wrote. It was quite a wait, but worth it with another terrific story that sucked me in and kept me clicking the next page button on my Kindle in rapid fire.

A different pace to Seed, but a very well written, easy to read style that forced me to keep reading towards the end of the story. The main two characters – the posh, sexy woman next door, Harlow Ward and the young Andrew Morrison, seeking an escape from his life – are well drawn and I loved the two contrasting houses side by side.

This book has received some differing reviews and criticism, but I found it a good read. I don’t mind authors writing stories in more than one genre. They can write whatever they want to and some of the reviews smack of sour grapes because of the previous success of Seed.

I enjoyed reading The Neighbors. Enough to put Ania’s next book on my to buy list when it comes out. Says enough I think.

About Pete Denton

I'm a writer working my way through the redrafts of a British crime novel. I also write short stories, flash fiction and some screen writing. Check out my blog for more.
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14 Responses to Recommend book – The Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn

  1. Thanks for the heads up. Just finished a novel and need to download a new one. I’ll check it out!

  2. Kourtney Heintz says:

    Great overview and review. Gave me a taste of the highlights and the hook. It’s a weird excitement and despair when another book gets added to the to read list. At this point I cannot die before 103. 😉

  3. Sounds super creepy! The perfect neighbor disguise for hiding in the light. I may have to stop reading your blog – already I’ve added two books to my TBR pile. Shame on you! 🙂

  4. munstermann says:

    This will have to go to my “to-read” list.

  5. EllaDee says:

    Regardless of the genre, your reviews are interesting, and whether I’ll actually read the book, you make them seem so tempting 🙂

  6. 4amWriter says:

    Hmm, this does sound like a good book. That cover is something else — blood dripping down a teapot???

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