Book Review: The Perfect Neighbours by Rachel Sargeant

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Title: The Perfect Neighbours

Author: Rachel Sargeant
Genre: Thriller/Mystery
Published: 15/12/17
Star Rating: ⭐ 1/2


The perfect neighbours tell the perfect lies…

When Helen moves into an exciting new neighbourhood, she finds herself in a web of evil with no escape

Behind the shutters lies a devastating secret…

When Helen moves abroad with her loving husband Gary, she can’t wait to meet her fellow expat teachers from the local International School. But her new start is about to become her worst nightmare…

As soon as the charming family across the way welcome Helen into their home, she begins to suspect that all is not as it seems. Then Gary starts to behave strangely and a child goes missing, vanished without a trace.

When violence and tragedy strike, cracks appear in the community, and Helen realises her perfect neighbours are capable of almost anything…

Spoiler-Free Review:

I was so excited to give this one a try, a thriller about mysterious and dangerous neighbours, what isn't to love? After all, it's what we always well do you know your neighbours?!

That being said, I was also slightly hesitant that this one would be anything special, it's concept doesn't sound entirely original, and I read a lot of thrillers, so finding one which stands out is difficult. However, this definitely hooked me, and was worth a read!

This book follows Helen, who finally has the opportunity to join her husband, Gary, living in Germany, after a lengthy long-distance relationship. However, when Helen arrives and is introduced to all of her neighbours, who also work with Gary, she doesn't get a good impression of them, and doesn't have much interest in being friends with them. These neighbours are a nosy bunch - they all know everything about each other, spend all of their time together and just seem to live as a pack. More so than that, each is hiding a deep secret and they will do anything to keep them hidden.

My favourite parts of the story are narrated by Fiona, a student, whose chapters are italicised throughout the book. I found these chapters the most gripping and suspenseful, and found myself waiting for another to crop up.

This is the first of Sargeant's books I have read, and I would definitely check out her future work. She writes well, and is able to maintain suspense throughout her book. In terms of the plot, Sargeant had a sophisticated backstory, which was intertwined through the plot - which made for a well-paced read. The book's plot-twists were fairly predictable, although not so much so that you have guessed them too far in advance, and thus, still keeping you interested in how the plot develops. 

Pick it up and give it a try. Let me know your thoughts down below, and I hope you enjoy it, as much as I did.


I received this E-Arc in exchange for an honest review and would like to say thank-you to HarperCollins for providing me with an advanced-readers-copy of this book. 

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