The Woman Next Door
Melissa and Hester have lived next door to each other for years. When Melissa’s daughter was younger, Hester was almost like a grandmother to her. But recently they haven’t been so close. Hester has plans to change all that. It’s obvious to her that despite Melissa’s outwardly glamorous and successful life, she needs Hester’s help. But taking help from Hester might not be such a good idea for a woman with as many secrets as Melissa…
The Woman Next Door is a classic psychological novel. Two damaged characters, two deadly secrets and a weird relationship. As you can expect, this story is told from two perspectives: Melissa’s and Hester’s, who happen to be next-door neighbors.
What’s the story about? Melissa seems to have a perfect life but she has a dark past that she wants nobody to find out. On the other hand, Hester is a lonely woman who’s obssessed with being friends with Melissa, even if she isn’t interested. But when someone from Melissa’s past appears, things get out of control…
Some people might find it hard to connect with this book because of the two main characters. Melissa comes off a bit cold and unlikeable and Hester is just so desperate and lonely that you don’t inmediately like her that much. But as I kept reading, Hester actually grew on me and I felt very sorry for her. Melissa… that’s another story.
Something I liked about this book is that there’s an unreliable narrator. This is not a spoiler, you can figure it out from the start. That feeling when you read what happens from two different points of view and the stories don’t really match… I love that. And deep down, you know who you should believe.
All in all, The Woman Next Door was a bit predictable overall. If you’ve read similar stories (this reminded me of a movie although I can’t remember which one), you usually know how these characters are going to behave: you start noticing the signs and you just need to wait for everything to explode. However, there was something at the end that did surprised me a lot. I liked that.
A quick, short read about two different women who are brought together when someone witness something they shouldn’t have.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.