‘The Girl Next Door’ is the latest book by Phoebe Morgan.
Perfect mother. Perfect wife. Jane Goodwin has spent years building her picture-perfect life in the quiet town of Ashdon. So when the girl next door, sixteen-year-old Clare Edwards, is found murdered, Jane knows she must first protect her family. Every marriage has a few white lies and hers is no exception. Jane’s worked hard to cover up her dark secret from all those years ago – and she’ll do anything to keep it hidden…
‘The Girl Next Door’ is Phoebe Morgan’s second book but this is the first book that I’ve read by her.
It’s a thrilling story with multiple narratives that give an interesting slant to the story. The story is seen through the narrative of teenager Clare leading up to her death and then from the perspective of her next door neighbour Jane and the detective investigating her death.
To the outside world, Jane has the perfect life married to the local GP, a man most of her female friends lust with a glamorous lifestyle but behind closed doors Jane leads a very different life. She’s anxious and always on edge and wearing long sleeved tops. Meanwhile, DS Madeline Shaw is trying to piece together Clare’s last minutes alive but there are a lot of unanswered questions and suspects that makes Madeline think that Clare’s killer is closer to home, despite what the local community are saying.
I really enjoyed this story and thought the multiple perspectives were a clever addition especially Clare’s insight, which gave a completely different version of her life to what others thought. It was fast paced, riddled with suspense and suspicious characters that made everyone a suspect in the chilling tale.
A sharp and well plotted story that really pulls the reader in, ‘The Girl Next Door’ is a dark story weaved with secrets and lies made for compelling reading.
You can buy ‘The Girl Next Door’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.