The Killer Next Door

The Killer Next Door : An electrifying, addictive thriller you won't be able to put down

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The electrifying, addictive thriller from the author of the Edgar-Award winning sensation The Wicked Girls

'Scary as hell' Stephen King

No. 23 has a secret. In this bedsit-riddled south London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, something waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide.

Collette and Cher are on the run; Thomas is a reluctant loner; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a 'quiet man' nobody sees try to stay hidden. And watching over them all is Vesta - or so she thinks.

In the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the neighbours into an uneasy alliance. But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victim...

As a cloying heatwave suffocates the city, events build to an electrifying climax in this dark, original and irresistibly compelling thriller, perfect for fans of The Suspect by Fiona Barton and The Rumour by Lesley Kara

Praise for Alex Marwood

'So good I wish I'd written it myself'
VAL McDERMID

'Without a doubt, she is one of crime fiction's brightest stars. Not to be missed'
MEGAN ABBOTT

'Alex Marwood has become one of my must-read crime writers'
SOPHIE HANNAH

'I cancel all engagements for a new novel from Alex Marwood'
ERIN KELLY

'Crime writing at its best'
LISA JEWELL

'I can't wait to see what Alex Marwood comes up with next'
JOJO MOYES

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Don't miss the shocking new novel from Alex Marwood - THE POISON GARDEN is out now
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 128 x 195 x 26mm | 282g
  • Sphere
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 9780751550696
  • 122,470

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If you read Alex Marwood's The Wicked Girls, her new one - The Killer Next Door - is even better. Scary as hell. Great characters Stephen King
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If you read Alex Marwood's The Wicked Girls, her new one - The Killer Next Door - is even better. Scary as hell. Great characters * Stephen King * If you read Alex Marwood's The Wicked Girls, her new one - The Killer Next Door - is even better. Scary as hell. Great characters * Stephen King * If you read Alex Marwood's The Wicked Girls, her new one - The Killer Next Door - is even better. Scary as hell. Great characters * Stephen King * If you read Alex Marwood's The Wicked Girls, her new one - The Killer Next Door - is even better. Scary as hell. Great characters * Stephen King * If you read Alex Marwood's The Wicked Girls, her new one - The Killer Next Door - is even better. Scary as hell. Great characters * Stephen King * If you read Alex Marwood's The Wicked Girls, her new one - The Killer Next Door - is even better. Scary as hell. Great characters * Stephen King * If you read Alex Marwood's The Wicked Girls, her new one - The Killer Next Door - is even better. Scary as hell. Great characters * Stephen King * If you read Alex Marwood's The Wicked Girls, her new one - The Killer Next Door - is even better. Scary as hell. Great characters * Stephen King * If you read Alex Marwood's The Wicked Girls, her new one - The Killer Next Door - is even better. Scary as hell. Great characters * Stephen King * Taut, assured and reminiscent of Ruth Rendell's psychological novels, Marwood's second book more than lives up to the promise shown in her splendid debut, The Wicked Girls * Guardian * Taut, assured and reminiscent of Ruth Rendell's psychological novels, Marwood's second book more than lives up to the promise shown in her splendid debut, The Wicked Girls * Guardian * Taut, assured and reminiscent of Ruth Rendell's psychological novels, Marwood's second book more than lives up to the promise shown in her splendid debut, The Wicked Girls * Guardian * Taut, assured and reminiscent of Ruth Rendell's psychological novels, Marwood's second book more than lives up to the promise shown in her splendid debut, The Wicked Girls * Guardian * Taut, assured and reminiscent of Ruth Rendell's psychological novels, Marwood's second book more than lives up to the promise shown in her splendid debut, The Wicked Girls * Guardian * Taut, assured and reminiscent of Ruth Rendell's psychological novels, Marwood's second book more than lives up to the promise shown in her splendid debut, The Wicked Girls * Guardian * Taut, assured and reminiscent of Ruth Rendell's psychological novels, Marwood's second book more than lives up to the promise shown in her splendid debut, The Wicked Girls * Guardian * Taut, assured and reminiscent of Ruth Rendell's psychological novels, Marwood's second book more than lives up to the promise shown in her splendid debut, The Wicked Girls * Guardian * Taut, assured and reminiscent of Ruth Rendell's psychological novels, Marwood's second book more than lives up to the promise shown in her splendid debut, The Wicked Girls * Guardian * Even better than her debut The Wicked Girls. It's a compulsive, unsettling read that will leave you wondering how well you really know your neighbours * Bella * Even better than her debut The Wicked Girls. It's a compulsive, unsettling read that will leave you wondering how well you really know your neighbours * Bella * Even better than her debut The Wicked Girls. It's a compulsive, unsettling read that will leave you wondering how well you really know your neighbours * Bella * Even better than her debut The Wicked Girls. It's a compulsive, unsettling read that will leave you wondering how well you really know your neighbours * Bella * Even better than her debut The Wicked Girls. It's a compulsive, unsettling read that will leave you wondering how well you really know your neighbours * Bella * Even better than her debut The Wicked Girls. It's a compulsive, unsettling read that will leave you wondering how well you really know your neighbours * Bella * Even better than her debut The Wicked Girls. It's a compulsive, unsettling read that will leave you wondering how well you really know your neighbours * Bella * Even better than her debut The Wicked Girls. It's a compulsive, unsettling read that will leave you wondering how well you really know your neighbours * Bella * Even better than her debut The Wicked Girls. It's a compulsive, unsettling read that will leave you wondering how well you really know your neighbours * Bella * Utterly gripping; Marwood's ability to show the sinister side of everyday life is unparalleled * Jenny Colgan * Utterly gripping; Marwood's ability to show the sinister side of everyday life is unparalleled * Jenny Colgan * Utterly gripping; Marwood's ability to show the sinister side of everyday life is unparalleled * Jenny Colgan * Utterly gripping; Marwood's ability to show the sinister side of everyday life is unparalleled * Jenny Colgan * Utterly gripping; Marwood's ability to show the sinister side of everyday life is unparalleled * Jenny Colgan * Utterly gripping; Marwood's ability to show the sinister side of everyday life is unparalleled * Jenny Colgan * Utterly gripping; Marwood's ability to show the sinister side of everyday life is unparalleled * Jenny Colgan * Utterly gripping; Marwood's ability to show the sinister side of everyday life is unparalleled * Jenny Colgan * Utterly gripping; Marwood's ability to show the sinister side of everyday life is unparalleled * Jenny Colgan * Both brilliantly dark and dazzlingly funny, this is crime writing at its best * Lisa Jewell * Both brilliantly dark and dazzlingly funny, this is crime writing at its best * Lisa Jewell * Both brilliantly dark and dazzlingly funny, this is crime writing at its best * Lisa Jewell * Both brilliantly dark and dazzlingly funny, this is crime writing at its best * Lisa Jewell * Both brilliantly dark and dazzlingly funny, this is crime writing at its best * Lisa Jewell * Both brilliantly dark and dazzlingly funny, this is crime writing at its best * Lisa Jewell * Both brilliantly dark and dazzlingly funny, this is crime writing at its best * Lisa Jewell * Both brilliantly dark and dazzlingly funny, this is crime writing at its best * Lisa Jewell * Both brilliantly dark and dazzlingly funny, this is crime writing at its best * Lisa Jewell * Nasty, compelling and original, the author has done it again with her second novel * The Sun * Nasty, compelling and original, the author has done it again with her second novel * The Sun * Nasty, compelling and original, the author has done it again with her second novel * The Sun * Nasty, compelling and original, the author has done it again with her second novel * The Sun * Nasty, compelling and original, the author has done it again with her second novel * The Sun * Nasty, compelling and original, the author has done it again with her second novel * The Sun * Nasty, compelling and original, the author has done it again with her second novel * The Sun * Nasty, compelling and original, the author has done it again with her second novel * The Sun * Nasty, compelling and original, the author has done it again with her second novel * The Sun * A haunting and thrilling read that will have you gripped throughout, The Killer Next Door is a thought-provoking book, that will play on your mind and stay with you for days and will have you looking at your neighbours in a different light! * Handwrittengirl.com * A haunting and thrilling read that will have you gripped throughout, The Killer Next Door is a thought-provoking book, that will play on your mind and stay with you for days and will have you looking at your neighbours in a different light! * Handwrittengirl.com * A haunting and thrilling read that will have you gripped throughout, The Killer Next Door is a thought-provoking book, that will play on your mind and stay with you for days and will have you looking at your neighbours in a different light! * Handwrittengirl.com * A haunting and thrilling read that will have you gripped throughout, The Killer Next Door is a thought-provoking book, that will play on your mind and stay with you for days and will have you looking at your neighbours in a different light! * Handwrittengirl.com * A haunting and thrilling read that will have you gripped throughout, The Killer Next Door is a thought-provoking book, that will play on your mind and stay with you for days and will have you looking at your neighbours in a different light! * Handwrittengirl.com * A haunting and thrilling read that will have you gripped throughout, The Killer Next Door is a thought-provoking book, that will play on your mind and stay with you for days and will have you looking at your neighbours in a different light! * Handwrittengirl.com * A haunting and thrilling read that will have you gripped throughout, The Killer Next Door is a thought-provoking book, that will play on your mind and stay with you for days and will have you looking at your neighbours in a different light! * Handwrittengirl.com * A haunting and thrilling read that will have you gripped throughout, The Killer Next Door is a thought-provoking book, that will play on your mind and stay with you for days and will have you looking at your neighbours in a different light! * Handwrittengirl.com * A haunting and thrilling read that will have you gripped throughout, The Killer Next Door is a thought-provoking book, that will play on your mind and stay with you for days and will have you looking at your neighbours in a different light! * Handwrittengirl.com * Echoes of Ruth Rendell (or, indeed, Barbara Vine), although Marwood's writing is grittier * Killing Crime Time Blog * Echoes of Ruth Rendell (or, indeed, Barbara Vine), although Marwood's writing is grittier * Killing Crime Time Blog * Echoes of Ruth Rendell (or, indeed, Barbara Vine), although Marwood's writing is grittier * Killing Crime Time Blog * Echoes of Ruth Rendell (or, indeed, Barbara Vine), although Marwood's writing is grittier * Killing Crime Time Blog * Echoes of Ruth Rendell (or, indeed, Barbara Vine), although Marwood's writing is grittier * Killing Crime Time Blog * Echoes of Ruth Rendell (or, indeed, Barbara Vine), although Marwood's writing is grittier * Killing Crime Time Blog * Echoes of Ruth Rendell (or, indeed, Barbara Vine), although Marwood's writing is grittier * Killing Crime Time Blog * Echoes of Ruth Rendell (or, indeed, Barbara Vine), although Marwood's writing is grittier * Killing Crime Time Blog * Echoes of Ruth Rendell (or, indeed, Barbara Vine), although Marwood's writing is grittier * Killing Crime Time Blog * Every bit as gripping as her much-praised debut The Wicked Girls * Crime Fiction Lover Blog * Every bit as gripping as her much-praised debut The Wicked Girls * Crime Fiction Lover Blog * Every bit as gripping as her much-praised debut The Wicked Girls * Crime Fiction Lover Blog * Every bit as gripping as her much-praised debut The Wicked Girls * Crime Fiction Lover Blog * Every bit as gripping as her much-praised debut The Wicked Girls * Crime Fiction Lover Blog * Every bit as gripping as her much-praised debut The Wicked Girls * Crime Fiction Lover Blog * Every bit as gripping as her much-praised debut The Wicked Girls * Crime Fiction Lover Blog * Every bit as gripping as her much-praised debut The Wicked Girls * Crime Fiction Lover Blog * Every bit as gripping as her much-praised debut The Wicked Girls * Crime Fiction Lover Blog * Engrossing, chilling, and packed with suspense * Crime Thriller Girl Blog * Engrossing, chilling, and packed with suspense * Crime Thriller Girl Blog * Engrossing, chilling, and packed with suspense * Crime Thriller Girl Blog * Engrossing, chilling, and packed with suspense * Crime Thriller Girl Blog * Engrossing, chilling, and packed with suspense * Crime Thriller Girl Blog * Engrossing, chilling, and packed with suspense * Crime Thriller Girl Blog * Engrossing, chilling, and packed with suspense * Crime Thriller Girl Blog * Engrossing, chilling, and packed with suspense * Crime Thriller Girl Blog * Engrossing, chilling, and packed with suspense * Crime Thriller Girl Blog * A clever, beautifully crafted novel that will forever shake your view of bedsit suburbia . . . Disturbing, dark . . . A psychological thriller of the highest order * Crime Review blog * A clever, beautifully crafted novel that will forever shake your view of bedsit suburbia . . . Disturbing, dark . . . A psychological thriller of the highest order * Crime Review blog * A clever, beautifully crafted novel that will forever shake your view of bedsit suburbia . . . Disturbing, dark . . . A psychological thriller of the highest order * Crime Review blog * A clever, beautifully crafted novel that will forever shake your view of bedsit suburbia . . . Disturbing, dark . . . A psychological thriller of the highest order * Crime Review blog * A clever, beautifully crafted novel that will forever shake your view of bedsit suburbia . . . Disturbing, dark . . . A psychological thriller of the highest order * Crime Review blog * A clever, beautifully crafted novel that will forever shake your view of bedsit suburbia . . . Disturbing, dark . . . A psychological thriller of the highest order * Crime Review blog * A clever, beautifully crafted novel that will forever shake your view of bedsit suburbia . . . Disturbing, dark . . . A psychological thriller of the highest order * Crime Review blog * A clever, beautifully crafted novel that will forever shake your view of bedsit suburbia . . . Disturbing, dark . . . A psychological thriller of the highest order * Crime Review blog * A clever, beautifully crafted novel that will forever shake your view of bedsit suburbia . . . Disturbing, dark . . . A psychological thriller of the highest order * Crime Review blog *
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About Alex Marwood

Alex Marwood is the pseudonym of a journalist who has worked extensively across the British press. She is the author of the word-of-mouth sensation The Wicked Girls, which won a prestigious Edgar Award and The Killer Next Door, which won the coveted Macavity Award. She has also been shortlisted for numerous other crime writing awards and her first two novels have been optioned for the screen. Alex lives in south London.
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Rating details

8,283 ratings
3.65 out of 5 stars
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4 39% (3,202)
3 29% (2,399)
2 8% (683)
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Brilliant Twists & Turns Alex Marwood who had critically acclaimed word of mouth success with The Wicked Girls has written another brilliant thriller which I am positive will also be critically acclaimed, The Killer Next Door. This is a brilliant second thriller which covers all the bases for a psychological thriller of the highest order. Collette who has been on the run from her villainous ex-boss whom she happened to steal a large quantity of money from has been chased all over Europe and is trying to lay low without being found again. She is being hunted by the police and her ex-boss who always seem to be able to catch up with her and it is not until the end of the book we find out how, is seeking somewhere in London to disappear and she finds it. She finds number 23 Northbourne, south London, which is a dark and dismal bedsit house presided over by an overweight money grabbing lecherous landlord. What we learn throughout the novel is that this property has six residents all with something to hide who will end up depending on each other to cover up an accident they cannot report to the police for fear of those secrets coming out. What we do learn is that one of the residents is a killer who has a penchant for mummifying the corpses and sitting with them after making them up. Vesta who has lived in the house all her life and believes she knows everything that is going on in it, but that will change soon enough for her. It would be Cher the underage children homes escapee that finally opens up the house to examination at the cost of her own freedom. The book starts with her and ends when she does another bunk from a Liverpool Childrenâ??s Home this time with a happy ending. It is everything in between that makes you stop and think, as the killer is slowly unmasked to the reader and he is always looking for new victims amongst the female house residents. While the body count does climb all in the midst of a heatwave that is suffocating the people of London, the residents of 23 Northbourne who are in their very own suffocating situation. What will happen next is what keeps you turning the page, all the blood and possible gore is set at a thrilling pace and to use the oldest clich�© of The Killer Next Door being a fantastic page turner. This is a book that you will value the time to read as secrets are revealed even when you wonder if Collette is wrong for not going to the police to help her. There are so many twists and turns and a fantastic pace this is destined to be a bestseller and no doubt very soon a screen near you!show more
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