The Killer Next Door

10 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 12 hrs. Tantor Audio. 2014. ISBN 9781494501549. $39.99; 10 CDs. library ed.; 1 MP3-CD. library/retail eds.; digital download. F
OrangeReviewStarThe latest psychological thriller from the author of The Wicked Girls is set in a run-down apartment building that's owned by a dodgy landlord and occupied by characters who have lots of secrets but few options. An accidental death in the building pulls residents into a reluctant conspiracy, leading in time to even more gruesome revelations. Collette, who's hiding from her shady ex-boss with a bag of stolen cash, is ostensibly the main character, but the others are fully fleshed out: Cher, an underage pickpocket who's run away from a dysfunctional foster-care system; handsome Hossein, an Iranian political refugee waiting for his residency; reclusive former music teacher Gerard; Thomas, the odd duck who rents the attic; and Vesta, the elderly woman in the basement apartment. Their troubles are compounded by a slovenly, leering landlord, Roy Preece, who spies and preys on his tenants, but the real evil is the "Lover," a killer who lives among them and whose identity is concealed for much of the book. The characters drive the plot and are skillfully drawn and well-voiced by actress Imogen Church. Such a proficient follow-up to an award-winning first novel makes Marwood an author to watch and follow.
VERDICT Highly recommended for mystery and thriller collections. ["This tightly plotted story grabs readers from the opening paragraphs," read the starred review of the Penguin hc, LJ 7/14.]
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