Love Thy Neighbor

Love Thy Neighbor

3.92 (747 ratings by Goodreads)
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER Clark Hayden is a graduate student trying to help his mother navigate through the loss of his father while she continues to live in their house near Washington DC. With his mother's diminishing mental capacity becoming the norm, Clark expects a certain amount of craziness as he heads home for the holidays. What he couldn't possibly anticipate, though, is that he would find himself catapulted into the middle of the terrorist operation. As the holiday festivities reach a crescendo, a terrorist cell - which happens to be across the street - is activated. Suddenly Clark is discovering things he never knew about deadly chemicals, secret government operations, suspiciously missing neighbors, and the intentions of a gorgeous IRS auditor. Clark's quiet suburban neighborhood is about to become one of the most deadly places on the planet, and it's up to Clark to prevent the loss of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives in the nation's capital. Fast, acerbic, wise and endlessly exciting, LOVE THY NEIGHBOR marks the unforgettable debut of a startling new voice in suspense fiction. A 2014 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE BOOK AWARD WINNER
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Product details

  • Paperback | 438 pages
  • 140 x 215 x 32mm | 549g
  • Stamford, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1611880343
  • 9781611880342

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"Important and well done, indeed, Mr. Gilleo!" -- Crystal Book Reviews "Gilleo is an exciting new voice in the market bringing together intelligent plots and memorable characters." -- Between the Leaves "Excellent, there is no other word. The story is emotional, realistic, heart wrenching, suspenseful, and the plot twists and turns keeping the reader turning the page... This book should be on everyone's list if suspense, crime, and intrigue are the stories you love. You will not be disappointed." -- Writing and Other Ways into the Heart "I found myself wowed when things connected that I didn't even think of. I've read the other reviews for this book and many of them say it's pretty unforgettable. I'm going to agree with them and say I can't wait to see more!" -- The Top Shelf "Keeps you guessing until the end. I won't spoil it, but I was never completely sure what was going to happen until I got there." -- Tontowilliam's Electronic Scrapbook "This is an author to put on your radar. His writing is that of a seasoned author. I say Bravo Mr. Gilleo!" -- CMash Loves to Read "Lots of mystery and suspense all along in the story. It will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens. I know I sure did." -- Sweeping Me "This story is fun, fast paced, exhilarating, and exciting. You won't want to put it down, because you'll be too excited to see what is coming next in the story." -- Practical Frugality
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About Mark Gilleo

Mark Gilleo has a graduate degree in international business from the University of South Carolina and an undergraduate degree in business from George Mason University. He enjoys traveling, hiking and biking. He speaks Japanese. A fourth-generation Washingtonian, he currently resides in the DC area. His books have received numerous awards and literary recognition, including: Winner of a National Indie Excellence Awards. Winner of the 2014 Beach Book Festival. Finalist in the 2014 International Book Awards. Runner-Up for Fiction in the San Francisco Book Festival and the New York Book Festival. Finalist and semi-finalist in the William Faulkner-Wisdom creative writing competition.
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Rating details

747 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 29% (219)
4 41% (306)
3 24% (177)
2 5% (34)
1 1% (11)

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My review: Love thy Neighbor caught me by surprise. When I got the invitation to participate on the blog tour, I hesitated. The reason behind my hesitation was simply that the book was almost 500 pages and it seemed like a political thriller/suspense to me. As soon as I read the author's note that the book is based on what could look like a true story, I gave it a chance. I am glad that I did. Love thy Neighbor started out slowly for my taste, but later in the book you understand the need for lot of explanations and scenes you read previously. At the end, Love thy Neighbor was a book which was captivating and interesting and had many different narratives built into each other. Plotting of the book was very good and I would definitely keep an eye of Mark Gilleo's upcoming books. Regarding the plot: Clark Hayden is a young man who is coming to spend time with his mother who has some mental issues after the death of her husband. When Maria Hayden is making a phone call to police and suggesting that there are terrorists living in the neighborhood, police does not take that seriously and more or less ignores her phone call by stamping her being crazy. Clark's curiosity is leading him to the middle of international terrorism, CIA plotting and other deadly plans. What I really liked about the plot was that it seemed so real and it could actually happen in reality. That was definitely fascinating and the second thing which was very unconventional what Mark Gilleo did: a woman is leading the terrorist cell and that is quite unheard in the Islam as far as I know. The author also shows the narrative from both perspectives, also from the side of terrorists. There are characters who seem bad, but turning out to be good and visa verse, so the book keeps surprising you. Mark Gilleo's writing is something I would like to point out. It is very visual writing he is using. The descriptions he is using are very graphic and while you read you get the pictures running in your head, so the author used all possible senses by writing and I loved that! It would be a good book for movie script. Besides that, Mark Gilleo has a very good sense of humor. Regarding the characters: There were many characters in the book and they all had one thing in common: they were well-written! In the beginning and in the middle of the book I thought that are all these characters really necessary, but as you read further, you realize that they all have a role to play in the story. My favorite character was not the protagonist Clark, but his mother. I found myself thinking several times: is this woman really crazy or not? The author puts enough second thoughts into the reader's head to find out more about her. She is crazy, but very lovable character. Generally: Love thy Neighbor is a very good book and would highly recommend it to suspense lovers! It is well written and has plenty of intriguing questions which you will continue thinking about after you have finished reading the book. 5 starsshow more
by Inga Kupp-Silberg
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