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What did you love best about The Killer Next Door?
The story is utterly gripping and I cared about the characters. There is literally not a wasted word in this book. I felt that I was living in this orbit. It literally kept me awake until after 6 am as I simply could not stop listening. All the characters have a fascinating background and a compelling reason to be living in this boarding house. Their diversity and unavoidable crossing of paths is intriguing.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The Killer Next Door?
There is a gruesome description of a decaying rodent left on a staircase in order to kill an elderly tenant that was horrifyingly enthralling. The tension that builds as the story evolves beneath seeming normality is beyond eerie. I just wanted to discover more and more as I read.
Which scene was your favorite?
For some reason, I really liked what seems to be a bland and almost mundane scene. The escaped Iranian blogger meets a character who has been caught witnessing a gangland murder and fleeing with a huge amount of laundered cash.. This chance meeting is in the street on a warm day. He goes out of his way to walk her home carrying her bag. Under normal circumstances these two would never encounter each other. Both are seeking refuge and have powerful enemies. Their dialogue is simply wonderful and touching. I don't know why I liked this so much when there are other scenes that are infinitely more thrilling but for some reason, this showed what true humanity lies within all people. It was just beautiful but incidental.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
This book made me laugh, cry and inwardly shriek with horror and disgust. It is truly one of the most unexpectedly gripping books I have read this year. I absolutely loved the setting, the suspense and the action. All the characters developed and were really interesting and you find out important things about each one rather than superficial descriptions. You are drawn into their world and live there with them. The heat was an overwhelmingly ghastly aspect to this book and added to the yuck factors which play such a role in what makes this book tick.
Any additional comments?
This is my first encounter with this author. I had no idea how much I would absolutely adore the book. It has been great to discover a new writer. It was amazing to find a book which was genuinely touching, authentic and tense underneath a veneer of mundane life. Everyone matters in this story. Loved it to bits. The narrator was brilliant and I was not even conscious that she was acting. She just became each character and I didn't mentally judge her acting because it was as though she wasn't playing each part but actually was each part.
Would you consider the audio edition of The Killer Next Door to be better than the print version?
I am not sure as I have only listened to the audio book version
What other book might you compare The Killer Next Door to, and why?
I have yet to listen to a book like this one
Which character – as performed by Imogen Church – was your favourite?
Cher as her cheeky Liverpool accent is spot on!
Any additional comments?
One of the best books that I have listened to in a while.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Too gory for me! I had to return the book before I could finish it.
12 of 13 people found this review helpful
Yes it's totally well written, great characters, great plot development, great narration.
But...the gruesomeness was just too much for me.
Before you buy or listen to this, be warned - this is some of what you'll hear:
The main subject matter - young attractive girls (of course, who's interested if they're not young and attractive) being murdered, then either mummified or dismembered and disposed of via a domestic blender and the plumbing system.
Detailed description of what that does to the plumbing system.
Long descriptive scenes involving obese dead bodies and rooms swimming in raw sewerage. Yes, at the same time.
Descriptions of the same dead body days after being dumped.
Description of an elderly woman being beaten until she's unrecognisable; witnessed by her terrified granddaughter.
Those are just the ones that spring to mind.
If you really like reading/hearing about that kind of thing, then I guess you'll like it.
But a little bit worrying if you really do.
I couldn't help but end up feeling what a shame that a book with everything else going for it had to go way too far down the grisly track and end up just making me feel quite sick.
And also a bit depressed that this kind of thing is so popular.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful