The Girl Before meets The Couple Next Door in a Hitchcockian thriller about a couple who moves into their dream neighborhood only to discover nothing is as it seems...
The perfect couple. The perfect house. The perfect crime.
Londoners Jack and Syd found their dream home: lots of space, a great location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.
Everything is exactly what they hoped for when they move inexcept Jack makes a disturbing discovery in the attic, and Syd begins to wonder about the girl next door. And they each keep the other in the dark.
Because someone has just been killed outside their back door, and now the police are watching them.
This is their chance to prove they're innocentor to get away with murder.
Whose story do you believe?
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Simon Lelic is a former journalist and the author of the award-winning A Thousand Cuts as well as the critically acclaimed The Facility and The Child Who. The New Neighbors is his first psychological thriller, inspired by a love of Alfred Hitchcock and Stephen King. Simon lives with his wife and three children.
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Reading Group Guide
1. Secrets and trust are at the heart of this novel. Do you think Syd was justified in lying to Jack? What about the things Jack kept from Syd—were his lies any less of a betrayal?
2. How did the dueling point of view structure impact your reading of the novel and your opinions about the two main characters?
3. What connections can you draw between Elsie as a child and Syd as an adult? What did you initially make of their relationship?
4. Discuss the character of Syd. What were your first impressions of her? Did your opinions about her change as the novel unfolded?
5. How did you feel about Syd and Jack as a couple? How would you describe the quality of their relationship?
6. “Even now, if you gave me the chance . . . I’m not sure I’m strong enough. I’ve just never, ever been strong enough.” How do you feel about Syd’s mother in this moment? Is she an unforgivable character, or a victim herself? Does she redeem herself in the end? Why do you think she stayed with Syd’s father?
7. What do you think of the neighborhood in this story? What roles, if any, do Syd and Jack’s neighbors play in Elsie’s abuse and Sean Payne’s murder?
8. What do you think of Jack’s relationship with Sabeen and her family? Do you think it was understandable for Jack to help them the way he did? Or was it unethical?
9. How did you feel about the book’s ending?
10. Would Jack and Syd make good parents?