The Downstairs Neighbor

The Downstairs Neighbor

eBook - 2021
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"From her downstairs apartment in suburban London, Emma has often overheard the everyday life of the seemingly perfect family upstairs--Steph, Paul and teenage daughter Freya--but has never got to know them. Until one day, she hears something that seizes her attention: Freya has vanished and the police are questioning Steph and Paul about their life. Do either of you have any enemies? Anyone who might want to harm or threaten you? The effects of Freya's disappearance ripple outward, affecting not just her parents, but everyone who lives in the building, including Emma and local driving instructor Chris, who was the last person to see the teenager before she went missing. Each character's life is thrown into sharp focus as devastating mistakes and long-held secrets are picked apart and other crimes come to light--including a child gone missing twenty-five years earlier, and a shocking murder--that make clear that the past never stays where we leave it, and that homes can be built on foundations of lies."-- Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2021
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9780593190401
0593190408
Characteristics: 1 online resource (369 pages)

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DCLadults Mar 12, 2021

A New & Noteworthy fiction staff pick 2021. "Cooper skillfully builds a house of cards, demolishes it, reshuffles the deck, and deals an even stronger hand, while keeping a few cards up her sleeve. An emotionally charged domestic-suspense debut..." – Booklist

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betsymarzoni
Mar 03, 2021

This story moves quickly and keeps the reader guessing because it seems that every character has a serious secret that has been withheld and somehow the consequences of not being forthcoming all interweave. I enjoyed it until the ending which I thought left some questions dangling.

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brangwinn
Feb 16, 2021

Helen Cooper has written a page-turner of a debut. When 17-year-old Freya does not return home, there are so many possible suspects. The police ask the parents if they have have any enemies who might want to harm Freya. And while both parents deny it, their actions show otherwise. And then there is the single woman on the ground floor, whose teenage son has disappeared, Freya’s driving instructor who lives in the basement apartment. As the suspects struggle with what is going on, there is a second plot taking 25 years earlier when a young girl accidently kills her mother’s boyfriend. Both stories collide at the end and the ending is totally unexpected.

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darladoodles
Feb 07, 2021

This book gets 5 stars from me for the many moments in the narrative that point back to the title. I have a linear brain and love to make connections. It made my brain and my heart happy to breeze through this debut thriller and see how appropriate the title is. 'The Night Swim' was like that, too. At the center of this book is a missing seventeen-year-old girl, but for the people around her in her family and building it becomes so much more. This would make a fantastic book group read as there are so many issues that are touched upon throughout. Bullying, marriage, economic hardship, intergenerational relationships, abuse, new beginnings, and parenting are all addressed.

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