The Neighbors by Carol Smith

The Neighbors is a murder-mystery novel by Carol Smith, filled with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

The book centers around Kate Ashenberry, a (very depressed) young woman on the run from an abusive relationship. After enduring months of domestic violence from her now ex-husband, she fled New York City and ended up in an imposing Victorian apartment building in the heart of London. Surrounded by eccentric neighbors, such as the warm and welcoming Barclay-Davenport couple, beautiful Eleni Papadopoulos, mean-spirited widow Adelaide Potter, and heartthrob Gregory Hansen, she slowly begins to find her voice again. However, a mysterious murderer has been terrorizing the residents of the building. Neighbor after neighbor meets their end under increasingly strange circumstances. Now, Kate may be the only one left who can figure out what’s going on… and save her newfound family.

I really enjoyed this book! It was very well-written, and the protagonist, Kate, was very likeable- I found myself rooting for her to win! The ending was incredible- a super-surprise twist that left my mind reeling. I would completely recommend this book to anyone who loves mystery writers like Agatha Christie!

Warning: this book contains occasional mature sexual content that may not be suitable for all audiences.

-Vaidehi B.