Saturday 25 August 2018

THE BAD NEIGHBOUR by David Tallerman

When part-time teacher Ollie Clay panic-buys a rundown house in the outskirts of Leeds, he soon recognises his mistake. His new neighbor is an antisocial thug, with links to a local hate group. Or does he?

My Flame Tree Press ARC reading continues with this crime/thriller. I didn't know what to expect and found the cover disturbing enough, so I got stuck into it.

Ollie Clay is a part-time teacher. When he comes into some unexpected money, he decides to buy a house because he's sick of paying rent. The problem is that most of the houses in his price range aren't that great and not in good locations. 

Throwing caution to the wind, he decides to buy one he manages to score for a good deal. The house is in pretty shabby condition, but what's worse is the awful neighbour and the people who hang around his house.

It doesn't take long for Ollie's life to become a living hell...

Okay. This book was... Let's just say that I couldn't get into it. I'm usually totally into thrillers, but this one just didn't hook me in. The characters weren't interesting, the situation frustrating, and the pacing is slow.

I just didn't get into it.

Ollie is such an annoying character. And I have to be honest, I didn't even understand the premise. If the guy can't afford a house worth living in, why settle for such a dive? Yeah, I didn't really like him much. 

As for how the story develops, I couldn't warm to anything that was going on, and even the 'twist' didn't work for me. And the ending didn't make it worthwhile, either.

The Bad Neighbour is a crime thriller about one man's ordeal after he moves next door to a bad seed that brings out the worst out of him. It's a dark study into the worst parts of society that is quite disturbing.

I really wanted to like this book, and tried really hard to get into it, but the story didn't work for me.

  The Bad Neighbour is one of the books that will be released from Flame Tree Press in September.

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