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The Neighbours Reader Reviews

The Neighbours

Clair Chaytors

A perfectly constructed story from beginning to end, my interest never faltered once.

I am in love with this book! With a cast of deliciously likeable characters, The Neighbours by Nicola Gill gets everything right. The result is a fantastic read.
I had a few reservations before starting this, fearing it may be the tiresome standard chick-lit stuff – but boy was I wrong! At the heart of this book is friendship - though an unlikely one, certainly a believable one which, even days after finishing the book, remains with me. The concept of women and age is also something that is highlighted throughout the story.

The humour in this book is spot-on, and Ginny is the most likeable protagonist in a story that never quite goes the way you expect it. Though Ginny’s relationships with the men in her life are, of course, a part of the book, rather than play the everything will be okay if she meets Mr. Right card, Nicola focuses more on friendship, mental health and, so importantly, our self-worth as women.

Cassie’s struggle to cope with life as a more mature woman in the industry is soul-crushing. Yet, despite her strong and at times catty personality, no-one sees her fall coming. The topic of depression here is handled with brutal honesty but sensitively throughout.

Huge credit goes to Nicola’s structure of this book. The chapters are short but plentiful, leaving you wanting more every time. A perfectly constructed story from beginning to end, my interest never faltered once.

The Neighbours is, therefore, most worthy of a five-star rating.


Agnieszka Higney

Light, undemanding, very current chick-lit, feel-good and life-affirming.

This is an unassuming, undemanding, quick read. Essentially a fluffy rom-com, chick-lit very current and switched on the overwhelming celebrity trends, trash tv, celeb culture and mental health awareness nowadays so present everywhere. It is a quick read, short chapters, live in London, thirty-somethings obsessed with having babies or having a career split. I read it very quickly, it was a placid and unhurried style, with next to none of the descriptions or stagnant moments. As a plot it is not dense or heavy, perfect holiday read and perfect switch-off, escapism read. Would recommend for few evenings of pure relaxation or a day at the pool.

Jane M Brown

Great story, friendship despite the age well written loved it.

A really heart-warming book due to be published on the 6th February 2020 - will make a great sunbed read in 2020.

A lovely story of friendship between Ginny and Cassie- there is 20 years between then but this does not hinder these neighbours. Ginny catches her boyfriend cheating with her line manager (what rats) so enviably she is jobless and life is rubbish for her. Both neighbours despite the age gap come to realise they need each other. There is a dark side too but is written well and tackled well.

There were times when the book was funny, emotional and was faced with difficult circumstances - these all went into the melting pot to produce a lovely book more of friendship than romance. A little predictable at times but all went towards a great read.

I will now be seeking this author out as loved this book a great end to my reading for 2020 and spending the festive holidays with friends and family.

Charlotte Walker

A charming story I would return to about friendship life and love, and a brilliant debut!

The Neighbours is a brilliant book about neighbours who become friends, overcoming career hurdles and finding happiness. I love the multi-faceted characters in this book. When Ginny's life seems to crumble I enjoyed walking with her as she slowly developed her confidence. Cassie has a whole different set of insecurities, left branded by the media coverage a reality show as "the evil one", hits harder than she lets on. My heart went out to her, especially as she tries to get Ginny to represent her, I was urging the characters to see it as the "cry for help" or reaching out for more than a publicist.

A charming story I would return to about friendship life and love, and a brilliant debut!

Book Information

ISBN: 9780008355395
Publication date: 6th February 2020
Author: Nicola Gill
Publisher: AVON, a division of HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Reader Reviewed Books, Debuts of the Month, Debuts, Humour, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Adult & contemporary romance,