Today I am here with a review of The Neighbours which was a very fantastic book.
**A copy of this book was provided to me for free in exchange for an honest review**
Title: The Neighbours Author: Nicola Gill Publisher: Avon Published: 6th February 2020 Format: Paperback Source:: Review Copy from Publisher Add It:Amazon UK. Goodreads. Summary: Meet Ginny, 34, and Cassie, 55. Neighbours, and (very) unlikely friends.
Some women have it all. Others are thirty-four, renting a tiny flat alone because they recently found their long-term boyfriend in bed with their boss. Unfortunately, the latter applies to Ginny Taylor. Single and jobless, Ginny is certain her life can’t get any worse. But then she encounters her downstairs neighbour for the very first time… Cassie Frost is a woman who had it all – she was a once-loved actress, but a recent stint on reality TV has rocketed her to online infamy. She’s suddenly become a national hate figure – and she desperately needs a new publicist. And Ginny is a publicist who desperately needs a job… but can she be persuaded to work for the uber-difficult, excessively prickly woman that lives below her floorboards?
Because sometimes – just sometimes – bad neighbours become good friends…
I’ve been reading a lot of thrillers and crime novels recently so I will tell you that The Neighbours was absolutely the breath of fresh air that I needed. That’s not to say it wasn’t without it’s dark, deep topics – especially as Ginny is dealing with some tough things at the start of the book – but it is also a much lighter read than those I’ve been reading lately. It’s one that had me laughing out loud one moment and then cringing the next. It was just the book I needed to read.
I really loved the relationship develop between Ginny and Cassie. It felt real, raw and honest. I really enjoyed watching as they helped each other without realising that they were helping each other. I definitely think the characters were my favourite part of this book.
But of course, it was also the narration that pulled me in. Nicola Gill has done a wonderful job of creating a book that is easy to read. I got pulled into Ginny’s head very quickly and easily. I instantly felt empathy for her and the horrid hand that life had dealt her. It was just wonderful to see how she dealt with it all and how the humour of the book came into it. Everything just flowed really easily which is just what I love about a contemporary read.
This book took me on an emotional rollarcoaster and I absolutely loved every second of it. I am very much looking forward to reading whatever Nicola Gill writes next and I would also highly recommend this to anyone who loves a good contemporary fiction read – especially one that is full of good English humour!
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