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Thursday, October 26, 2017

REVIEW: The Neighbors by Ania Ahlborn @aniaahlborn

The Neighbors
by Ania Ahlborn
Thomas & Mercer


By now you love of my love for this author.  Going through some rereads with my girls, Sam & Jess, for #CJSReads and this month's choice is The Neighbors.  Do a search for Ania Ahlborn on here and see reviews for others and list of all her work.  You like horror, come and get it! Stay tuned for the #CJSReads blog post later this month to see what Sam and Jess also thought of this creepy story!

Goodreads Synopsis

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 Thoughts
My second time reading this book and my feelings are the same!  I love me some Ania and having read ALL her work, am never disappointed.  While I tend to love some more than others (which is going to happen with any author), I still am fully entertained and fascinated with her mind.

The Neighbors is a solid read.  Once again, she reels you in right from the start.  She brings in characters that are completely flawed, some of which are entirely insane, and yet you can't stop turning the pages or wanting to know exactly what is going to happen - because with Ania, you just never know. 
We get moments of absolute insanity in this book.  Everybody feels like they're missing something in their life.  As humans, we tend to always want something more - especially if we've had a hard childhood or a traumatic event.  There's a hole you're constantly trying to fill that you think will make you feel complete again.... and when someone comes along that can make that happen, it's tough not to dive right in. 
Everyone, be wary of your neighbors.  And if something seems to good to be true, it likely is.  I'll be sure not to make eye contact with mine for a while.

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