Murder Thy Neighbour, James Patterson

Murder Thy Neighbour opening line: At a quarter to nine in the morning, Judge Stacy Moreno sits in her chambers at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh, reviewing the file of the case she is about to hear.

Murder Thy Neighbour

My blurb:

Who would have believed that a seemingly nice young man could go from friendly to off the rails so quickly. Ann Hoover knows something is not right with Roy Kirk. But she just thinks that he is overwhelmed. Little does she know, and no-one, not even his bride to be suspects what is really going on.

Murder Thy Neighbour (with Andrew Bourelle)

Ann Hoover is a nice woman, but she’s come to hate her neighbour. Roy Kirk moved in next door with plans to renovate. But as the weeks go by, his DIY construction turns to shambles and Roy himself becomes sullen and hostile. When Ann takes him to court, Roy’s retaliation will be shockingly gruesome.

My verdict:

This true crime story takes place in 1997. I found it interesting from a psychological perspective and trust that in today’s times, one would realize that his unravelling was not normal.

Murder IRL (with Max DiLallo)

Jenelle Potter has always been better at connecting through social media than in person. With overprotective parents, she hasn’t had many options to meet people until she links up Billy. But her feelings for Billy are unreciprocated, causing Jenelle to start a virtual war – a war that enters the real world.

My blurb:

Jenelle has led a sheltered life, which has resulted in her fantasies often overtaking reality. She is highly skilled with a computer, as it is her only outlet to the outside world. But this is a fact she shares with no-one, including her family.

My verdict:

It is scary to think that in 2012 people can be so naive to the reality around them. But sheltering ones children and spouse from the outside world can have devastating effects. Especially when the very world you are protecting them from exists within your own house.

Publishing information:

As seen on Discovery ID, these two true-crime thrillers follow a neighbours’ quarrel that turns violent and cyber-bullying that explodes in a double murder.

ISBN 9781787465466
Format Paperback
Published October 2020

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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