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Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Review: The New Neighbor by Carter Wilson #ATBR2022

The New Neighbor
by Carter Wilson

A huge thanks to Poisoned Pen Press for this gifted copy.

Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publish Date: April 12, 2022
384 Pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller/Suspense

Aidan holds the winning Powerball numbers.

Is today the best day of his life... or the worst?

Aidan Marlowe is the superstitious type—he's been playing the same lottery numbers for fifteen years, never hitting the jackpot. Until now. On the day of his wife's funeral.

Aidan struggles to cope with these two sudden extremes: instant wealth beyond his imagination, and the loss of the only woman he's ever loved, the mother of his twin children. But the money gives him and his kids options they didn't have before. They can leave everything behind. They can start a new life in a new town. So they do.

But a huge new house and all the money in the world can't replace what they've lost, and it's not long before Aidan realizes he's merely trading old demons for new ones. Because someone is watching him and his family very closely. Someone who knows exactly who they are, where they've come from, and what they're trying to hide. Someone who will stop at nothing to get what they want...

My Review:

OK Wilson, you are definitely an autobuy author on my favorite list.  This is my fourth book.  I started with Mister Tender's Girl and Revelation (both UH-MAZING) and then read The Dead Girl in 2A - also excellent.  But of course, I haven't read my copy of The Dead Husband yet and THE NEW NEIGHBOR is a cross over book.  But fear not!  This is a standalone, as is his other works just mentioned.

What would you do if your partner died and left you and your twins? And on the same day of their funeral, you find that you just won $30M in the lottery? CRACK! WTF is that sound.  Damn, life is going to change in a gazillion different ways and moving into a mansion that has bad history but that you're drawn to?  I mean, who wouldn't move to a town called Bury because the name resonated with you since you just BURIED your wife. Ahem.

I was hooked from the get go and Wilson just showcases his brilliance once again.  This is a story of grief, change, love, history and family.  I really enjoy the message that we get at the end but you'll have to read this to find out.  It just really touched me in a way I wasn't expecting.  Go snag yourself a copy ASAP (along with Wilson's backlist).



Jessica's Review:

Alright, it’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Carter Wilson. Ever since MISTER TENDER’S GIRL I anxiously wait for his next release and I have yet to be disappointed. I cannot stop recommending his books enough and that is no different with THE NEW NEIGHBOR. Once again, we are treated to an incredibly addictive book and one that I couldn’t put down. While this book does have a little bit of crossover with THE DEAD HUSBAND, this is definitely a standalone book and you do not need to read that one in order to follow along with this.

The book begins at a funeral, and Aidan Marlowe is burying his wife. As he is saying his final goodbye he finds out that he just won the lottery, to the tune of $30M. After hearing a loud cracking in the cemetery he decides this was the sign he needed to move him and his twins to a new town to start over. Enter the Yates House in Bury, New Hampshire. This house has quite the history of previous occupants disappearing and never being seen again, but Marlowe is drawn to it. Not going to lie, I was super excited to see this house get its feature because it’s from THE DEAD HUSBAND. The house is a character all on its own and knowing it’s dark past made it even more ominous.

While there is plenty of suspense to keep you on your toes, Wilson always does a great job developing the characters and having you connect with them. The secrets Marlowe has in his past combined with the dark history of the Yates House was just perfectly executed. I think that this is up there as one of my favorites from Wilson (it’ll be pretty hard to top MISTER TENDER’S GIRL) and I can’t wait for his next release. Get all of his backlist and you’ll thank me later!

5 stars

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