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The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood

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Winner of The Mcavity Awards Best Mystery Novel 2015.

Told through the various voices of the inhabitants of a London house of bedsits, this suspenseful, fast-paced read really makes your flesh crawl. The landlord and the mad macabre killer are very sinister, the cloying atmosphere of London in a heat wave and the descriptions of decomposed bodies, smells, chases and fights are very well done indeed. This is a creepy tale that will linger long after you’ve closed the book.

If you like Alex Marwood you might also like to read books by Cath Staincliffe, Nicci Gerrard and Julie Corbin.

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The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood

In this gloomy, bedsit-riddled South London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, a horrifying collection quietly waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide. Collette is on the run from her ex-boss; Cher is an underage children's home escapee; lonely Thomas tries to make friends with his neighbours; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a 'quiet man' nobody sees try to keep themselves hidden. And there for them all is Vesta, a woman who knows everything that goes on in the house - or thought she did. Then in the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the six 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 brilliantly constructed, tightly paced thriller.


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

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

About the Author

Alex Marwood

Raised by wolves, Alex Marwood passed her formative years in the lands beyond the Arctic circle, developing pack skills, excellent night vision and an ability to survive on raw protein. Ideally equipped for a life on Fleet Street, she then became a journalist.

Her first novel, The Wicked Girls, was published by Sphere, in 2012, and achieved widespread acclaim and word-of-mouth bestsellerdom. In 2013 it was shortlisted for an ITW award, and included in Stephen King's Ten Best Books of the Year list. It was published by Penguin in the US in 2013, and is shortlisted for an Edgar Allen Poe award.

The Killer Next Door, described by The Sun as "nasty, compelling and original", was released as an ebook in 2013, and came out as a paperback in June 2014. Alex herself is a figment of the imagination of the novelist and sometime journalist Serena Mackesy. If you're interested in a more truthful biog, an FAQ and other books, visit her website, here.

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19th June 2014


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Sphere an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


400 pages


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