Everyone has secrets. How far will you go to protect yours?
After living next to the neighbours from hell, Minette is overjoyed when Cath and her two children move in next door. Cath soon becomes her confidante, a kindred spirit, even her daughter’s babysitter.
But Cath keeps herself unusually guarded and is reluctant to speak of her past. And when Minette witnesses something unspeakable, she begins to question whether she really knows her new friend at all…
Even though I'm mostly a crime fiction lover, every now and then I find it refreshing to read a book not involving murders, blood or gore. This book was very different from what I usually read but I found it equally enjoyable and very absorbing.
'The Good Neighbour' is a story about families, relationships, lies and secrets. At its centre lie the mystery and complexity of human behaviour.
How well do we really know our neighbours? How much can we trust them? What secrets lie hidden behind their closed doors?
"All families have their secrets."
Having finally got rid of her neighbours from hell, Minette is excited to meet and welcome the new occupiers of the house next door - Cath and her two kids, Davey and Lola. Cath is friendly and helpful and soon Minette begins to feel at ease with her, however over time Cath's behaviour begins to make Minette wonder just how well she really knew her neighbour. We know that Cath is escaping from a place she refers to as 'Troubletown'. Why? What had happened there? Her past and secrets are uncovered little by little.
Never in a million years could Minette have known of the tangled web of lies and deceit she will eventually find herself in.
Chapters are written from the pov of Cath, Minette and Davey. All characters are realistic and very 'human' with strengths and weaknesses. I think there are no 'good' or 'bad' characters in this book, because like in real life, they all live in their own individual situations and have different aspects to their personalities.
My heart went out for Davey, I really wanted to help this young brave boy. I particularly liked Minette with all her flaws, naivity and fears. Though she takes irrational decisions, she shows great sensitivity and a big heart. However, undoubtedly the star of the book is Cath. She must be one of the smartest, determined and strongest-willed female characters I've ever read about. Though I didn't find myself emotionally attached to her and didn't like her behaviour at all, I admired her courage, resilience and intelligence.
With a very clever, well-written plot, I think this book is brilliant. I really enjoyed it and will surely be reading other books by this author.
With thanks to the author, Random House UK, Ebury Publishing and NetGalley for approving my request to read this book.
About the Author
Beth Miller has been a sex educator, alcohol counsellor, university lecturer and inept audio-typist. She is currently writing her second novel. She has a PhD in Psychology, which is yet to come in handy.