the neighbours


My thoughts…

A thriller title but a contemporary cover? What is this trickery! There are certain titles these days that give books a feeling of Psychological Thriller and probably would make me gloss over it because there are so many of those around at the moment (too many books too little time!) But this is different – great catchy title, beautiful vibrant colour…this is a refreshing debut novel from Nicola Gill. It’s not romance as such – it’s not a beach read – it’s something else. It’s one of those in-between books where very serious subject matters are explored carefully but at the same time it’s not dry or dull. In fact, at times, it’s pretty hilarious!

The only element that dropped it from five stars to four was the chapter structuring. There are chapters in the book which are clearly marked out – but there are also other times when it just segues into the next line but it’s a completely different time or something else has happened and it’s not naturally marked out as a chapter change. Reading it digitally meant that this was often tricky to follow.

About the book…

Meet Ginny, 34, and Cassie, 55. Neighbours, and (very) unlikely friends.

Some women have it all. Others are thirty-four, renting a tiny flat alone because they recently found their long-term boyfriend in bed with their boss. Unfortunately, the latter applies to Ginny Taylor. Single and jobless, Ginny is certain her life can’t get any worse. But then she encounters her downstairs neighbour for the very first time…

Cassie Frost is a woman who had it all – she was a once-loved actress, but a recent stint on reality TV has rocketed her to online infamy. She’s suddenly become a national hate figure – and she desperately needs a new publicist. And Ginny is a publicist who desperately needs a job… but can she be persuaded to work for the uber-difficult, excessively prickly woman that lives below her floorboards?

Ginny and Cassie are two very different women, but they have a lot more in common than they’d care to imagine (or admit). And when their worlds finally collide, they realise that appearances can be deceiving, and that one woman’s catastrophe might be another’s inspiration.

Because sometimes – just sometimes – bad neighbours become good friends…

Genre: Romance/Contemporary
Publication: February 6th 2020 By Avon Books

About the author…

Nicola Gill lives in London with her husband and two sons. At the age of five, when all of the other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers, she decided she wanted to be an author. Her ballet teacher was very relieved. The Neighbours is her first book.

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Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher and author for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Check out my blog for more book related posts and to enquire about future reviews, blog tours and cover reveals.


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