Title: The Good Neighbor
Author: R.J. Parker
Publisher: One More Chapter Publishing
Release Date: March 18, 2021
Pages: 299
Book Source: Netgalley

“When Leah Talbot hits a deer on a deserted road she spots a light on in a nearby house and approaches, hoping that someone is home.

Martin Tate, a charming and handsome man answers the door to the bedraggled and traumatised Leah, inviting her in. Though she’s not there for long, Leah feels an indescribable pull to the man who has helped in her hour of need.

Returning the next morning to express her gratitude, Leah is shocked by the crime scene tape covering the entryway to the house. The sole occupant of the house had been murdered the night before.

The sole female occupant.” – Amazon

Kim’s Review

Between the synopsis and the opening chapters, The Good Neighbor by R.J. Parker had so much potential. Unfortunately it did not live up to it.

There were a lot of action and crazy scenarios, which I often enjoy in suspense and thrillers. The Good Neighbor even had a touch of graphic horror which I would normally love, but there was way too much repetition and Leah’s character fell flat for me.

Some reviewers may find the lack of back story on Martin Tate not to their taste, but I thought this just enhanced the creep factor. And I really liked where R.J. Parker was headed towards the end when Martin was talking to Leah during the showdown. The idea of Leah freeing herself the way Martin was hoping added a very interesting layer to the story. And the final little twist put a smile on my face, but it just wasn’t enough for me to rave about The Good Neighbor.

If you have nothing else to read (yea, right!) then I would say to give The Good Neighbor a read. I will try at least one more book by R.J. Parker since the synopsis for both The Dinner Party and While You Sleep sound interesting, but I won’t be recommending this one to strangers… like I do The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides!


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