‘Have you ever had a secret that you couldn’t tell a soul, even the people you love? I have.’ #Review #TheWomanNextDoor #PsychologicalThriller #NetGalley @SueWatsonWriter @Bookouture

Today I am thrilled to be sharing my review of The Woman Next Door by Sue Watson. Happy publication day Sue!

About the book:

I suppose everyone has their reasons for living here. Who knows what lies behind the pretty curtains and the well-groomed lawns of Mulberry Avenue?

Lucy has a kind and adoring husband, a job she loves as a teacher, and a house on Mulberry Avenue with floaty curtains and the softest bed linen. After her troubled childhood, she knows life will never be perfect, but it’s pretty close.

She’s also got Amber, right next door. They never run out of things to talk about. Even if Amber’s life – with her high-profile job and handsome, wealthy boyfriend – is more glamorous than Lucy’s, they share a down-to-earth sense of humour.

But then Amber starts to hint that her life isn’t all it seems, and when she comes to Lucy, terrified, saying that she’s getting threatening messages, Lucy promises to protect her.

The closer Lucy gets to anyone, the harder it’ll be to keep her past to herself. But Amber doesn’t have anyone else, and Lucy welcomes her into her home.

Lucy knows all too well that people aren’t always what they seem. Sometimes they have secrets. And they’d do anything to keep them. Yet when Amber settles in a little too quickly, Lucy’s still sure: she can trust her friend… can’t she?

My Review:

Homely Lucy and her loving husband Matt lead a happy and peaceful existence on Mulberry Avenue.

After a troubled childhood, Lucy’s life now appears to be on track with a loving husband and a job teaching which she loves.

It is all very “Pleasantville” where everything seems to be perfect on the inside as well as the outside. And for awhile it is..

Then Amber moves into the grandess house on the street. A minor celebrity weather girl, who Lucy instantly tries to befriend. But on their first meeting, Lucy is shunned by Amber.

Awestruck by Amber’s celebrity status, and her perception of Amber’s perfect life, Lucy does not give up and eventually the two women become close friends.

But then Amber starts to receive threatening text messages and Lucy soon becomes aware that Amber’s life may not be as perfect as she thought, and she instantly goes into protective mode, and invites Amber to stay in her home with Matt where she will be safe.

But the more time she spends with Amber little cracks start to form in their relationship and Lucy must face the fact that the woman who she calls her best friend, may not be all that she is cracked up to be. Or maybe it is Lucy who Amber needs to watch out for!

Do I recommend this book:

Hell yes! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A thrilling ride that had me hooked right from the get go until the final page. A great psychological thriller that has it all and keeps you guessing throughout.

This is the first book that I have read from Sue and it defiantly will not be my last!

Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Sue Watson for allowing me to read an advance copy of All Her Secrets in exchange for an honest review.

All opinions are my own and are not biased in anyway.

About the Author:

Sue Watson was a journalist on women’s magazines and national newspapers before leaving it all behind for a career in TV. As a producer with the BBC she worked on garden makeovers, kitchen takeovers and daytime sofas – all the time making copious notes so that one day she might escape to the country and turn it all into a book.

After much deliberation and copious consumption of cake, Sue eventually left her life in TV to write.  After a very successful debut novel, Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes Sue signed a three book deal with Bookouture.

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