The Stranger Next Door by Adam Southward

She was the perfect neighbour. Until she made a terrible accusation. . .

When Matt and Imogen move out of the city, they’re hoping for a much-needed fresh start. Matt throws himself into his new job, but Imogen struggles to adjust to life in the suburbs. She’s grateful for the kind welcome from new neighbour Nancy, and they soon become close friends.

So when Nancy makes a shocking accusation, Imogen doesn’t know who to trust. This isn’t the first time Matt has found himself on the wrong end of a false accusation. . . but is Nancy hiding secrets of her own?

As simmering tensions threaten to boil over, Imogen is in more danger than she realises. Can she uncover the truth before she loses everything?

An utterly gripping thriller with a jaw-dropping twist, perfect for anyone who loved The Family UpstairsHere to Stay or An Unwanted Guest.

My Thoughts

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I have to admit, this is the first book I have ready by Adam Southward, and I have certainly been missing out! before even finishing The Stranger Next Door I had ordered his previous books to dive straight in to!.

The story starts with Matt, Imogen and their daughter Ashley leaving their lives in London and moving to the less chaotic gated community in Surrey. This move occurs following some rather awful accusations are made against them, leaving the Roberts family feeling like there was little choice left but to move away and start a fresh.

Imogen certainly finds her new life far from Idyllic, and is struggling to adjust to her new, much quieter life within the community. But then she meets Nancy White who lives nearby along with her rather poorly teenage daughter Ruby. Soon enough, Nancy and Imogen are inseparable and become close friends. With Nancy being widowed, she has plenty of time for Imogen, something that Imogen really needs to allow her to feel more settled in her new life.

The more time the women spend together, it becomes increasingly obvious that Nancy certainly isn’t a fan of Matts, despite her never actually voicing her disapproval. But things suddenly take a drastic turn when Nancy begins to accuse Matt of the same thing they left London to escape, and now Imogen finds herself stuck in between Nancy and Matt, feeling rather unsure who to trust. Matt has faced such accusations before, but is Nancy really as innocent as she wants Imogen to believe?

As soon as I read the description for this book I knew it would be a captivating read, and I certainly wasn’t wrong. As a lover of psychological thrillers, The Stranger Next Door ticked all the boxes of what compiles a truly gripping read. The characters are well fleshed out and realistic, yet all of them are totally unique as individuals possessing their own secrets and drama’s. The storyline is perfectly paced, and as the suspense and tension ramp up as the story nears its conclusion, you find yourself perched on the edge of your seat, holding your breath!. There were twists and turns I didn’t see coming, and the ending was utterly brilliant. An absolute page turner that I would urge you all to go and read.

About the Author

Adam Southward is a philosophy graduate with a professional background in technology, working in both publishing and the public sector. He lives on the south coast of England with his young family. Adam’s debut novel, Trance, was an Amazon bestseller in 2019, hitting #1 in the UK Kindle charts and #2 in the US. He also contributes to the hugely popular Afraid of the Light anthology series – short crime stories with all profits going to charity.

His new standalone psychological thriller, The Stranger Next Door, will be released in May 2021.

Find him on Twitter @adamsouthward or on his website adamsouthward.com.

For more books by Adam, go to his Amazon author page: bit.ly/AdamSAmazon.

*Thank you to Emily Patience at Headline Accent and Adam Southward for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in return for my honest review. All thoughts are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.*

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