The Widow Next Door by L.A. Detwiler ~ Publication Day 11-12-18 @laderwiler13 @avonbooksuk

A beautiful house. A new beginning. The almost perfect neighbours…

When newlyweds Jane and Alex Clarke move into an idyllic house on the quaint Bristol Lane, they are excited for a new beginning in what will be their ‘forever home’.

And when an elderly neighbour brings them a pie to welcome them, she soon becomes a friend. But she grows a little too interested in the couple next door as she sits watching them, day in, day out, from the rocking chair in her window.

Alex says it will be fine. After all, she’s a lonely widow who just wants some company. But when she invites Jane into her home, who knows what she’ll find there…

What I enjoyed about this book…

  • Strong hook… Lonely, nosey lady next door stares out of her window from her rocking chair gawking at new neighbors at 312 Bristol Street. She knows something isn’t quite right.

  • The flashbacks to her past life… a love gone wrong, a neglected childhood, parents who treated her second seat to her sister. The flashbacks enhanced story. There were just enough stories from her past.

  • An element of suspense that sets the pace nicely for most of the book.

What I think would have made book better…

  • Increased character interaction.

  • More complex character development.

  • More dialogue.

  • An unraveling of the plot less predictably.

  • Add a huge twist.

All-in-all, this book had great potential. The authors style of writing made it easy to read and she kept a good pace but I definitely was waiting for the hand-to-mouth gasp moment and I didn’t feel like it achieved that.

I will definitely look for other books by this author because I absolutely see the potential in her writing. Thank you Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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L.A. Detwiler is an author and high school English teacher from Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. During her final year at Mount Aloysius College, she started writing her first fiction novel, which was published in 2015. She has also written articles that have appeared in several women’s publications and websites. L.A. Detwiler lives in her hometown with her husband, Chad. They have five cats and a mastiff named Henry.

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