The Perfect Neighbours by Rachel Sargeant


The perfect neighbours tell the perfect lies…

When Helen moves into an exciting new neighbourhood, she finds herself in a web of evil with no escape

Behind the shutters lies a devastating secret…

When Helen moves abroad with her loving husband Gary, she can’t wait to meet her fellow expat teachers from the local International School. But her new start is about to become her worst nightmare…

As soon as the charming family across the way welcome Helen into their home, she begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. Then Gary starts to behave strangely and a child goes missing, vanished without a trace.

When violence and tragedy strike, cracks appear in the community, and Helen realises her perfect neighbours are capable of almost anything…

My Review

The perfect neighbours or the neighbours from hell?

When a book promises to be ‘the most addictive debut psychological thriller of the year’ you can’t help but to have high hopes for the book and it is a huge statement to live up to and as much as I enjoyed the book it did fall sightly short of that promised statement, however, take that statement away, it is a psychological thriller not to be missed.

With a plot centred around a British ex-pat community in Germany where everyone has something to hide and a back story intertwined throughout, this is a claustrophobic story with a real sense of menace throughout with the tension building up slowly leading to a slightly farfetched killer twist.

In between the chapters is the story of a young student in the UK called Fiona and for me these were some of the best bits with the majority of the other characters a pretty damned unlikable bunch to say the least! With friends like these, who needs enemies.

When violence and tragedy strike, cracks appear in the community and true colours begin to be surface leading to some unsettling plot twists.

It’s very hard to say much more without giving away too much, it is one that you really do need to read for yourselves.

I did find that the bits of German throughout the book to be a little distracting as not all of it was translated so I was having to go on to Google Translate to translate the German text myself incase I missed anything vital to the plot.

This is a great debut novel and I will defiantly be keeping an eye out for Rachel Sargeant’s next book.

Thank you to the author Rachel Sargeant, publishers HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction, Killer Reads and NetGalley for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest and independent review.



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