Review: The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic


Release date: April 10, 2018

Publisher: Berkley

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


The perfect couple. The perfect house. The perfect crime.

Londoners Jack and Syd found their dream home: lots of space, a great location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

Everything is exactly what they hoped for when they move in–except Jack makes a disturbing discovery in the attic, and Syd begins to wonder about the girl next door. And they each keep the other in the dark.

A mistake.

Because someone has just been killed outside their back door, and now the police are watching them.

This is their chance to prove they’re innocent–or to get away with murder.

Whose story do you believe?


Yes, another book with neighbor in the title, but honestly I’m reeled in by the title alone, so if it’s the new replacement for Girl in thriller titles, so be it. Besides the whole neighbor thing drawing me in, that blurb hooked me too. It said just enough to get my attention and leave me wanting more. Unfortunately only half of this book actually worked for me so I’m honestly not even sure how to rate it, much less review it but here goes!

The first half of this I was totally absorbed, it flips between Sydney and Jack and is written via diary style entries where they’re almost speaking directly to each other. Original, right? They were bickering a little and jumping all over the place a bit, but overall the voices were so strong that I was willing to see where it was headed. Then part two started and things sorta fell apart for me here. I felt like it was messy and disjointed and didn’t really match up with the first part. I know that sounds super vague, but spoilers. I was all set for the plot to head in one direction and it took a left turn while I went right, it happens and I’m sure plenty of people will love this one. It’s addictive for sure and well written but was missing that certain “something” for me that I can’t totally pinpoint.

If you’re intrigued by the blurb I say give it a chance, it had several elements I need in a thriller, fast pacing, twists and questionable narrators so the bones of the story are certainly there. The execution and my feelings of misdirection and slight confusion are what kept me from loving this one.

Overall rating: 3/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

11 thoughts on “Review: The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic

  1. Zuky the BookBum says:

    I get so confused when I see this book because it was previously published as The House which I saw everywhere and was really popular at the time, so I’m not sure why they decided to change the title? Anyway, great review! I read this one as The House and didn’t like it at all tbh 😛

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