“Lexie’s got the perfect life. And someone else wants it…”
Publication Date: 3rd October 2019
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Goodreads Rating: 3.69
Amazon Link: Buy on Amazon
My Rating: ★★★★★
Lexie loves her home. She feels safe and secure in it – and loved, thanks to her boyfriend Tom.
But recently, something’s not been quite right. A book out of place. A wardrobe door left open. A set of keys going missing…
Tom thinks Lexie’s going mad – but then, he’s away more often than he’s at home nowadays, so he wouldn’t understand.
Because Lexie isn’t losing it. She knows there’s someone out there watching her. And, deep down, she knows there’s nothing she can do to make them stop…
When I first came across this book on Amazon, I was intrigued by the storyline and knew I had to get my hands on it. The story itself follows two different narrators, Lexie and Harriet, something I wasn’t expecting as the synopsis seems to hint that it’s is only Lexie’s story, but I enjoyed getting to know both women. Harriet and Lexie are neighbours and, though they have never met, they both grow obsessed with the other, constantly listening in through their joint wall and conjuring up what they believe the other to be like.
I loved Lexie and, once the story progressed, began to feel incredibly sorry for her as I learnt that she was struggling with fertility issues, as well as dealing with relationship issues. She sees Harriet, a songwriter, as a classy woman who has the whole world in the palm of her hands. Harriet, on the other hand, sees Lexie as the woman who has everything. She has a boyfriend, whereas Harriet is dealing with heartbreak. Both women are jealous of the other and begin to stalk each other on social media, as well as watching them walk down the street out their windows and even having a look through their post.
The chapters are set out following Lexie and Harriet’s point of view in turn, clearly labelled so you won’t get too confused. The chapters themselves are quite short but very informative. Everything that is written has a purpose in the story, one of my biggest pet peeves is being given information that is completely irrelevant to the story but this book didn’t do that.
Overall, I decided to give this book a five star rating. I was hooked right from the start and was constantly feeling sorry for the two women, then angry, then sorry again. My emotions ran high while reading this because, towards the end of the book, I found myself feeling pity for both Lexie and Harriet, though I still didn’t fully trust Harriet. The ending itself was brilliant and really brought the book around full-circle. It was a very clever ending and I recommend anyone who loves a good thriller/mystery to pick this one up!
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think?