The Woman Next Door

  • by Cass Green
  • Narrated by Anna Bentinck, Bea Holland
  • 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A number one best seller, perfect for fans of Her by Harriet Lane and In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.
Two suburban women. Two dark secrets. The almost perfect murder.
Everybody needs good neighbours....
Melissa and Hester have lived next door to each other for years. When Melissa's daughter was younger, Hester was almost like a grandmother to her. But recently they haven't been so close.
Hester has plans to change all that. It's obvious to her that despite Melissa's outwardly glamorous and successful life, she needs Hester's help.
But taking help from Hester might not be such a good idea for a woman with as many secrets as Melissa.

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What the Critics Say

"Gripped me from the start: Cass Green sensitively imagines your worst nightmare next door - a truly psychological thriller." (Claire Seeber)
"A creepy psychological exploration of the power of secrets to destroy your life." (Psychologies)
"The Girl on the Train meets Notes on a Scandal. I read it one sitting, totally gripped." (Erin Kelly)
"Twisty, tense and with a truly odious villain." (Eva Dolan)
"The Woman Next Door had me gripped from first page to last - completely under the spell of prim yet twisted narrator Hester, a pensioner with an exhilaratingly pitch-black heart of darkness beneath her twinset and pearls." (Ruth Ware, author of In a Dark Dark Wood)
"I couldn't put it down. It gripped me from the first page. The best psychological thriller I've read all year." (Suzy Greaves, editor, Psychologies)
"Cass Green storms onto the crime scene with this classic and compelling psychological thriller - Hester is a gloriously dark character who held me in her grip from the first page to the last." (Ava Marsh, author of Untouchable)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Biting, Beguiling, Will make you smile AND shudder

Plenty to love about this book. Melissa, beautiful wife to a doctor with TV fame and mom to a teenage daughter with issues, has a darker past she'd really like to keep secret. Hester, in her sixties, is widowed, lonely, and wishes she could reconnect to her neighbors, who she was once so close to. What went wrong? Hester couldn't be happier when she is accidentally invited to a party at Melissa's, but then witnesses an event that brings her too close to Melissa's darkest secrets. Hester is nothing if not helpful, and Melissa had better be gracious about it, or else...
Good narration, plenty of suspense, cringeworthy characters and overall a great mystery. Recommended!
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- MarisaReads

Dark humor, Brit style

What made the experience of listening to The Woman Next Door the most enjoyable?

Hester's fussy, judgemental, prim ideas and how she uses them to justify her actions.


What was one of the most memorable moments of The Woman Next Door?

Hester sees Melissa looking at the floor, and hopes it isn't a spider, because that might require more of a demand on her adoration than she can sustain. What follows makes that thought a hoot.


What about Anna Bentinck and Bea Holland ’s performance did you like?

Spot on delivery and character development by both readers.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Did laugh out loud in several spots. Also cringed and yelled no...no...no!!!!!


Any additional comments?

Wonderfully written, suspenseful and full of a dark humor unique to the Brits. Great, enjoyable read.

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- 6catz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2016
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited