The Girl Next Door by Phoebe Morgan #NetGalley #BookReview @Phoebe_A_Morgan @HQstories


Author: Phoebe Morgan

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Format: Paperback 336 pages

Release Date:  21 February 2019

Publisher: HQ

I would like to thank the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read this book via NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


One little lie just became deadly…

Perfect mother. Perfect wife. Jane Goodwin has spent years building her picture-perfect life in the quiet town of Ashdon.

So when the girl next door, sixteen-year-old Clare Edwards, is found murdered, Jane knows she must first protect her family.

Every marriage has a few white lies and hers is no exception. Jane’s worked hard to cover up her dark secret from all those years ago – and she’ll do anything to keep it hidden…

My Thoughts

Clare Edwards, a young teenager living next door to Jane and her husband, tragically dies one day and at first the police are stumped with no idea who or why this has happened. The town where they live is a small commuter town where nothing really happens and the worst crimes to be committed are kids occasionally stealing sweets from the corner shop. The town and it’s residents are shocked and in typical small town fashion, gossip their way into believing the odd bod ex school caretaker Nathan is responsible. 

This is your classic ‘who done it’ psychological thriller. The murder happens really early on in the story and at first there aren’t really any leads to follow. We follow Jane, the neighbour who lived next-door to Clare, as she gossips with the other mothers trying to figure out what happened. We also follow DS Madeline Shaw as she investigates the seemingly senseless murder. There is also the odd flashback thrown in from Clare’s moments in the days leading up to her death. 

I had a deep sense of unease reading this book but I wasn’t entirely sure to who my unease was directed. I just got the sense that all was not quite right with the characters that I was following and I was suspicious of a few in particular. 

As soon as things started to be revealed I was more curious than I had been at the start of the book to work out the why’s of it all. The author ties everything up nicely by the end leaving the readers with a rather chilling last few lines that made the hairs on the back of my next stand up. Very well done! I can’t wait to see what this author writes next. 

About the Author

Phoebe Morgan is an author and senior commissioning editor. She studied English at Leeds University after growing up in the Suffolk countryside. She has previously worked as a journalist and now edits crime and women’s fiction for a publishing house during the day, and writes her own books in the evenings. She lives in London and you can follow her on Twitter @Phoebe_A_Morgan, or find her blog about publishing and writing at The Doll House is her debut novel. It became a #1 iBooks bestseller and spent over 8 weeks in the Kindle top 100. Her second book, The Girl Next Door, will be out on 21st February 2019 in paperback, ebook and audio, and a third will follow in 2020.

For more reviews and updates you can follow me on Twitter @BooksBucks

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