Author(s): Alex Marwood
No. 23 has a secret. In this gloomy, bedsit-riddled South London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, a horrifying collection quietly waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide. Collette is on the run from her ex-boss; Cher is an underage children's home escapee; lonely Thomas tries to make friends with his neighbours; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a 'quiet man' nobody sees try to keep themselves hidden. And there for them all is Vesta, a woman who knows everything that goes on in the house - or thought she did. Then in the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the six into an uneasy alliance. But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victim...As a cloying heatwave suffocates the city, events build to an electrifying climax in this brilliantly constructed, tightly paced thriller.
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If you read Alex Marwood's The Wicked Girls, her new one - The Killer Next Door - is even better. Scary as hell. Great characters Stephen King Utterly gripping; Marwood's ability to show the sinister side of everyday life is unparalleled Jenny Colgan Both brilliantly dark and dazzlingly funny, this is crime writing at its best Lisa Jewell Nasty, compelling and original, the author has done it again with her second novel The Sun A haunting and thrilling read that will have you gripped throughout, The Killer Next Door is a thought-provoking book, that will play on your mind and stay with you for days and will have you looking at your neighbours in a different light! Handwrittengirl.com Echoes of Ruth Rendell (or, indeed, Barbara Vine), although Marwood's writing is grittier Killing Crime Time Blog Every bit as gripping as her much-praised debut The Wicked Girls Crime Fiction Lover Blog Engrossing, chilling, and packed with suspense Crime Thriller Girl Blog
Alex Marwood is the pseudonym of a successful journalist who has worked extensively across the British press. Alex lives in South London.