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This book is grab you by the guts good, told so well with tension just amping and amping and amping.I had to keep turning the pages to find out who, on this quiet Essex street, was the complete monster murdering people in such a gory fashion.No disappointment here I originally read and reviewed this as The Neighbor. To be published in the US under the title The Family Next Door Release Date January 28th, 2020 Available to request on Netgalley Every chapter was teeth chattering chilling The Lockwood family s removal van pulls up outside their new home at 25 The Avenue.Lights and sirens sound in the distance The police and forensic van screeches to a halt outside the neighbourhood entrance to Blatches Woods thirty seven acres of greenery right on the Lockwood s doorstep.Three hours later they bring ou To be published in the US under the title The Family Next Door Release Date January 28th, 2020 Available to request on Netgalley Every chapter was teeth chattering chilling The Lockwood family s removal van pulls up outside their new home at 25 The Avenue.Lights and sirens sound in the distance The police and forensic van screeches to a halt outside the neighbourhood entrance to Blatches Woods thirty seven acres of greenery right on the Lockwood s doorstep.Three hours later they bring out a body.It s the fifth victim.All the bodies have been dumped in the woods cause of death unknown, their eyes removed, replaced with glass eyes, their faces painted to resemble a doll.There s a serial killer on the loose, dubbed The Doll Maker One who s closer than the Lockwood family ever imagined.Sinister, nightmarish, and relentlessly surprisingly, every single neighbour comes across as creepy even the postman with secrets ranging from titillating to grisly On top of that there s the macabre Doll and Fancy Dress Emporium near the end of the street, with a prologue containing the most disturbing puppet show ever It s no Punch and Judy that s for sure Mainly focused on psychological suspense and domestic noir, with some police procedural And, considering the gruesome summary I wrote, is surprisingly gore free, and non graphic The short 2 4 page chapters and quick switch multiple narrators not only made for a fast moving and tense story, but offered up a wider scope of what was going on in The Avenue Every character behaved and reacted like real people residing in the same neighborhood would The various perspectives were the Lockwood family of four mum, dad, teenage daughter, pre teen son , their neighbours, the postman, DS Wildeve Stanton Wild , who s been personally as well as professionally affected by the crime, and the serial killer Because the writing was descriptive, and jumped POV s every few pages, it did take me five chapters 15 pages to get into the swing of things, and begin to work out what was going on, but once I did, I couldn t put the book down, and only wanted it to end because I was desperate to find out who the killer was.My top read for April, and one of my favourite novels of the year Fiona Cummins has established herself as a crime writer with strong elements of creepiness, menace and horror All these elements are present in this standalone psychological thriller, set in Essex, where a serial killer, dubbed The Dollmaker by the media, has claimed a fifth victim discovered in Blatches Wood, next to The Avenue The police team are led by DCI Clive Mac Mackie, under severe pressure and under the threat of being removed from the inquiry With tensions growing in the team, t Fiona Cummins has established herself as a crime writer with strong elements of creepiness, menace and horror All these elements are present in this standalone psychological thriller, set in Essex, where a serial killer, dubbed The Dollmaker by the media, has claimed a fifth victim discovered in Blatches Wood, next to The Avenue The police team are led by DCI Clive Mac Mackie, under severe pressure and under the threat of being removed from the inquiry With tensions growing in the team, the investigation has stalled and there are no fresh leads, and the latest victim is one of their own DS Wildeve Stanton had a traumatic childhood and is struggling with grief and a devastating sense of loss with the latest tragedy, it has also fired inside her a strong motive and determination to chase down the killer, no matter what it costs.Garrick and Olivia Lockwood, and their two children, 9 year old Evan and teenager, Aster, are moving into 25 The Avenue, securing the house at a knockdown price, given that a serial killer lurks in the area They are hoping to patch their marriage together after recent stresses, although there are festering and fraught emotions that threaten to spill over The family are going to regret ever having moved to The Avenue, surrounded by neighbours with secrets, strange disappearances and deceptions All the victims share the same MO, dressed with immaculate care, painted faces, with eyes removed and substituted with glass eyes, just like dolls However, the police have failed to identify the direct cause of death, despite the cardiac arrest and respiratory failure Young Evan is drawn to the treehouse in the garden, despite his mother forbidding him from going there Aster is resentful at having to move and in seeking to belong, gets involved with a local group of boys There are a host of suspects, including Trefor Lovell, who runs a doll shop on the street.Cummins gives us different timelines and insights into the killer s life and mind in this chilling read There are numerous misdirections and twists, and a compelling police officer in DS Wildeve Stanton, with a strong personal drive to seek the truth and identify the killer However, I must admit it took me a long time to immerse myself and emotionally engage in the story and the characters In fact, it was only in the last 20 per cent that I finally invested in the book, finding it hugely gripping from that point on Do not get me wrong, I was definitely interested in the unfolding tale,than sufficiently to keep me reading Fans of Fiona Cummins previous novels and those who enjoy chilling crime reads will enjoy this Many thanks to Pan Macmillan for an ARC Wow, this was incredible It s safe to say that Fiona Cummins upcoming novel The Neighbour has kicked my reading slump to the curb Now, the question is, will it create a new reading slump in its place Highly recommended and full review to come once I process my thoughtsThanks Laura for sharing your ARC with me ( Download Book ) ☪ The Neighbour ⚓ The gripping crime thriller of the year with a twist you ll never see comingR SALE A lovely family home with good sized garden and treehouse occupying a plot close to woodland Perfect for kids, fitness enthusiasts, dog walkers And, it seems, the perfect hunting ground for a serial killer On a hot July day, Garrick and Olivia Lockwood and their two children move intoThe Avenue looking for a fresh start They arrive in the midst of a media frenzy they d heard about the local murders in the press, but Garrick was certain the killer would be caught and it would all be over in no time Besides, they d got the house at a steal and he was convinced he could flip it for a fortuneThe neighbours seemed to be the very picture of community spirit But everyone has secrets, and the residents in The Avenue are no exceptionAfter six months on the case with no real leads, the most recent murder has turned DC Wildeve Stanton s life upside down, and now she has her own motive for hunting down the killer quickly This is my first Fiona Cummins book From the opening paragraph I was totally hooked and completely thrown headfirst into this chilling but compelling story The Lockwood family move to The Avenue on the coast of Essex Garrick is an Architect and has bought the house for a real bargain, he plans to extend it and then sell at a later date to make a profit There is a serial killer amongst the residents of The Avenue and there have been 5 victims so far All of the neighbours seem to have their o This is my first Fiona Cummins book From the opening paragraph I was totally hooked and completely thrown headfirst into this chilling but compelling story The Lockwood family move to The Avenue on the coast of Essex Garrick is an Architect and has bought the house for a real bargain, he plans to extend it and then sell at a later date to make a profit There is a serial killer amongst the residents of The Avenue and there have been 5 victims so far All of the neighbours seem to have their own secrets and are all acting suspiciously My favourite line Nobody comes to The Avenue without death seeping through the gaps in their walls Loved how the tension slowly builds, you have an insight into the neighbours lives where everyone seems guilty and everyone is watching each other Amazing twist and the ending which I did not see coming Made me take a good look around after reading this book, definitely shutting the curtains tonight just incase someone is watching A must read book that is creepy but 100% addictive Do you ever know what goes on in you re neighbours lives Now that s a thought Thank you to Netgalley for my copy in exchange for a review With another psychological thriller, Fiona Cummins shakes the reader to the core as they wonder who might be watching them from behind a covered window In a small Essex town, there have been a handful of murders that cannot be explained The eerie sense of something wrong is concentrated on The Avenue, a residential area where the homeowners can only wonder who might be behind the crimes The bodies appear peaceful, with no marks left on them, save the eyes removed and replaced with fakes The With another psychological thriller, Fiona Cummins shakes the reader to the core as they wonder who might be watching them from behind a covered window In a small Essex town, there have been a handful of murders that cannot be explained The eerie sense of something wrong is concentrated on The Avenue, a residential area where the homeowners can only wonder who might be behind the crimes The bodies appear peaceful, with no marks left on them, save the eyes removed and replaced with fakes The victims seem left like discarded dolls, left in the woods to fend for themselves Some residents point the fingers to a reclusive doll maker who is rarely seen, though youths do all they can to provoke him, while others wonder if it could be another neighbour, who seems just a little toodifferent When the Lockwoods move in, some hope this is a sign of new life Knowing the history of the area, Olivia and Garrick hope to make a brief impact while they renovate and sell for a profit Meanwhile, the killer seems to have focussed their attention on the fresh blood, staying one step ahead of all others in a plan to strike at any moment Someone is out there, watching, and waiting The further the investigation goes, theis revealed, though this is not always a good thing The killer will strike again, though it is impossible to tell when and who could have the motive to complete such heinous attacks Told from the perspective of many, including the killer, Cummins leaves the reader to guess as they peer through the eyes of many, piecing this story together A wonderful tale that will send chills down the spines of many and keep the reader wondering if they really know that person who lives up the road Recommended for those who enjoy a well balanced thriller with twists throughout.I discovered Fiona Cummins not too long ago and was hooked by her short series about the hunt for a serial murderer From there, I promised myself that I would keep an eye out to see if she wrote anything else When this book crossed my radar, I knew that I would have to get my hands on it, to see if it reached the same level of intensity It did, and then some, as I sought to see if I could crack the mystery while others in the story hid behind their curtains and speculated over tea While there are many characters who grace the pages of this piece, the killer appears to be one whose presence cannot be forgotten Told through a series of memories about events in this small town, the killer recounts of a simple life of children and entertaining, which turned sour at one point and left a pall of death and despair With a focus on the Lockwood family, new to the area, the killer has a plan with the new blood placed before them, upping the ante and keeping the reader wondering what might be next With the varied perspectives in this book, the reader will not be short of any character development or flavoured narrative, particularly as they muddle through the various perspectives Cummins offers when it comes to analyzing the crime The story is well developed as it keeps the reader wondering just who might be involved and how the investigation will play out With short chapters that alternate between now when the killer takes control of the narrative and offers insight and the summer of 2018, Cummins paints a picture of how this bucolic Essex community turned to one where no one can trust anyone else and all eyes look for clues as to who might be to blame There is a definitive chill factor here and I know I will keep the blinds down, just in case Kudos, Madam Cummins, for another winner I have come to enjoy your style of writing and hope to seefrom you in the coming years Love hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge The Avenue, is an idyllic neighborhood in Essex with tree lined streets and gardens exploding in rainbow colored blossoms Anyone would be proud to call this home, right WRONG Talk about a neighborhood filled with creepers and weirdos Everyone on this street has secrets and it s time for them to spill PASS ME THE POPCORN Do porcelain dolls and puppets frighten you Well, you may want to skip the Grand Reopening at the Doll Fancy Dress Emporium EEK Oh, did I mention there is a serial kil The Avenue, is an idyllic neighborhood in Essex with tree lined streets and gardens exploding in rainbow colored blossoms Anyone would be proud to call this home, right WRONG Talk about a neighborhood filled with creepers and weirdos Everyone on this street has secrets and it s time for them to spill PASS ME THE POPCORN Do porcelain dolls and puppets frighten you Well, you may want to skip the Grand Reopening at the Doll Fancy Dress Emporium EEK Oh, did I mention there is a serial killer roaming the neighborhood that likes to pluck out the eyeballs of their victims OOPS MY BAD Yeah, this was good Very good, actually Best of all, I never guessed the culprit It took me completely by surprise My only two niggles are these It did take me until the 30% mark before I felt invested and that was mainly due to the large cast of characters and changing perspectives My only other complaint, and it s about as petty as they come, but MY GAWD, the name Wildeve drove me crazy Other than that this book was a nightmarish delight 4 stars Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review. OKAY Imagine you re standing there innocently enough and then someone starts throwing random jigsaw puzzle pieces at your head It feels kinda weird, and you stand their rubbing your forehead in mild annoyance but mostly confusion, until you look down and realise that all of the puzzle pieces at your feet are starting to resemble a pretty impressive picture That s what reading this book felt like.IT WAS AWESOME.This was my first book by this author and I ll be certain to pick upfrom he OKAY Imagine you re standing there innocently enough and then someone starts throwing random jigsaw puzzle pieces at your head It feels kinda weird, and you stand their rubbing your forehead in mild annoyance but mostly confusion, until you look down and realise that all of the puzzle pieces at your feet are starting to resemble a pretty impressive picture That s what reading this book felt like.IT WAS AWESOME.This was my first book by this author and I ll be certain to pick upfrom her in the future This had me captivated from page 1 and just did not let up at all Highly addictive but also unusual in the way it all unfolded Events start when the Lockwood family move in to The Avenue, but there s not really a main protagonist here There s detective Wildeve Stanton whose strange name is disappointingly never discussed is it only strange to me who is working hard to solve the case for personal reasons, but the main character here is really the general cloud of secrets surrounding everyone.Honestly I had so much fun just letting this all wash over me There are brilliant characters and cloudy judgements and you can t really tell where any of it is going until its already upon you.Brilliant and unique and actually kinda fun for a crime novel Highly recommend What a dark and creepy read that was Would not want to live on that street A fantastic story that sucked me in from the start Really enjoyed it