Book Review “Good Neighbours” by Mary Grand


Psychological Thriller


393 Page

Publisher: BOLDWOOD


Good Neighbours

It was meant to be a safe place to start again… 

In need of an escape from her failing marriage, Nia agrees to house-sit her aunt’s cottage on the Isle of Wight. She feels sure the cosy close in a quaint harbour town will be a safe place to hide and figure out what to do next. 

But things are not all as they seem in the close, and the neighbours who welcome her with open arms, are keeping secrets. When Nia finds the body of one of her new friends lying on the beach, she feels sickeningly sure that the killer is dangerously near to home.

Who killed her friend and why did she have to die? And if Nia discovers the answers she’s looking for, is she next on their hit list? Good neighbours may become good friends, but they can also make deadly enemies… 

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Blimey what an utterly brilliant read littered with growing tension and fear. Good Neighbours is dramatically written with stunning characters that come alive on the page. For me this is the ultimate “Whodunit” and I was glued to every page. It has one of those plotlines that just keeps you guessing. So many times I thought I had it figured it out, then “Oh no, great twist Mary” Yes I really did have conversations with the author in my head.

Nia was the perfect protagonist and I quickly became invested in her life, both before and after she arrived on the island. I totally disliked her husband Chris. He really needed to get his comeuppance,( no I’m not telling you if he did). Nia and her amateur sleuthing really gets her into trouble within this tight knit community in the close. Are they all as friendly as they seem at first? hmmmm I think not, but what are they hiding? is their friendly exterior slowly slipping? the veneer sliding off?

The theme of hate runs deep in this thriller. Hate works well as a theme and only adds to the brilliant atmospheric witting. I mean words are after all transient, yet “the hate remains” It is a deep and thought provoking emotion that only leads to fear and sinister feelings that someone out there wants to get you. Utterly brilliant writing. I found this a compelling read that had me worried for Nia. Does she ever get close to what is going on? Is the close actually her safe space, her place to recharge? Well there in lies the conundrum and you will have to get a copy of this awesome psychological thriller to find out. Trust me not only is it intriguing with suspicion falling on almost everyone it is also masterfully written in a way that takes you with it right up until the last word. Nothing is as it seems and remember “the hate remains”

Author Bio –

Mary Grand is the author of five novels and writes gripping, page-turning suspense,
with a dark and often murderous underside. She grew up in Wales, was for many years
a teacher of deaf children and now lives on the Isle of Wight where her novel,
The House Party, which was published by Boldwood in July 2020, is set.

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With Thanks for Advance Copy for my Honest Review to …

Rachel Gilby

Mary Grand

Boldwood Books


One thought on “Book Review “Good Neighbours” by Mary Grand

  1. Wow! Thank you so much Niki, for this wonderful review, it is so interesting and insightful. As you say the theme of hate is so important in the novel. I am so glad you liked Nia . She became so important to me and in a way took on a life of her own. is I am delighted you enjoyed this book, thank you xx


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