Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Giveaway and Review of The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic

Moving into a house they never thought they would get.

Moving into a house with all the previous owner's things left inside.

Moving into a house and finding things that should not be there and hearing things.

Syd and Jack were excited to move into the house they actually got for a bargain, but things they didn't bargain for happened.

The neighbors were a bit odd as well.

THE NEW NEIGHBORS was difficult to connect with for me because of the writing style of the author. It was confusing when the chapters went from one character to one situation with hardly any connection for me.

There are many characters and many stories going on but it always comes back to that house Syd and Jack bought.  Even Syd’s mother sees something in the house that made her upset when she stopped for the first time.

There also were some things that I wasn't comfortable with like drug use and mental abuse, but I continued to read because I had to find out what the story was with the house.

THE NEW NEIGHBORS had many broken, hurt characters that all stemmed back to their childhood and to one person.  Could it be more than one person causing all the grief?

This book is definitely a psychological fest.  It plays on your mind just like the author has others play on the minds of the characters and story line. 

Everything doesn’t seem to be what it appears to be.  

If you enjoy characters that are secretly twisted and a story line that keeps you wondering, watching, and waiting, THE NEW NEIGHBORS is for you.

It is difficult to rate this book because it held my interest, but it also was frustrating.  3.5/5

This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by NetGalley in return for an honest review.


I am partnering with Penguin Random House for this giveaway


APRIL 10 - April 17



  1. Let me know what you thought if you have read this book.

    Thanks for stopping.

  2. Hmmm. I'm undecided about this one. I was on the fence anyway, even before your review. I think I'm going to pass on it for now, and try to whittle my TBR down!

    1. Thanks for commenting, Kim.

      My TBR is out of control.`:)

  3. This sounds like something I would enjoy! Thanks for the chance :)

    1. Best of luck, Burma, and thanks for commenting.

  4. I thought this one rang a bell, as a book which was already on my radar. Sure enough, it is one of those books which has changed its title on route across the pond to you guys and was first published over here as 'The House', although on this occasion, I think I like your title better.

    Reviews have been a bit mixed, with many comments similar to your own observations, meaning that an average rating of 3 stars, is reflected in the overall figures.

    I haven't actually marked this as 'Want To Read', even though I did download a NetGalley copy, so I'll probably fit it in if and when I get the chance.

    Thanks for the honest review and have a good rest of the week :)


    1. A few folks were thrown off by the new title.

      Nice to hear I wasn't the only one who gave it a rating of 3.

      If you read it, let us know what you think, Yvonne.

      And...honesty is the best policy. It just wasn't the greatest.

      Thanks for commenting.

  5. I do like the sound of the basic concept and finding out the story of the house but I think what bothered you would also frustrate me. With the number of books that I'd really enjoy out there I think I might get this one a miss.

    1. The house is what kept me reading.

      There are plenty of books to read. :)

      Thanks for commenting, Katherine.