book review

The Good Neighbor by R.J. Parker

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Publication Date: March 18, 2021

Publisher: One More Chapter

Pages: 299

Genre: Thriller

Rating: 5/5

Content Warning: Reading this book triggered my anxiety (I think because of how fast paced it is) so please be aware of that before you pick this up. There is also graphic depictions of murder, stalking, death of a deer, and torture.

The Good Neighbor is a deliciously suspenseful and fast paced novel that had me on the edge of my seat. The premise is such a great one and Parker really took the story and ran with it. Our protagonist, Leah, has a car accident close to her home on a dark and stormy night so she heads to a nearby house to use the phone to call the police and a tow truck. The next day she wants to go by and say thank you to her neighbor and is shocked when she sees the house swarming with police and finds out that the only person that lives there is dead. And the story quickly takes off once Leah finds out the owner was a woman and the man, Martin, she encountered the night before, was likely her killer.

This graphic story had so many twists and turns and I never could predict what was going to happen next. Not only is this a thriller involving Martin and the murder but it was also a journey of self discovery for Leah. She has been married for eight years to a man she no longer shares a bed with and is dealing with past and present family issues. Parker cleverly layered all these elements together so they were seamlessly integrated into the story. Both elements kept the story catapulting forward and it was a wild ride.

I highly recommend this book for the nail bitting tension and quick pacing. This is one of those books where you constantly tell yourself “just one more chapter” and before you know it, the story is over.

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