Title: The Guy Next Door
Author: Paul Phillips
You guys: there is nothing cooler than following a self-published author’s work and witnessing them getting steadily better.
And honestly, I enjoyed Paul Phillips’ writing anyway, but this is his latest book and he is SO on top of his game now.
He always had the tropes of this sort of Fear Street/Point Horror flavoured story down perfectly, but now his pacing is improved and the tension ratchets up quickly and inexorably.
The plot of this is batshit INSANE, but I mean that in a good way (and to make things creepier, EVEN THE CREEPIEST PARTS are not all that far removed from actual things that have happened. Gah).
This is a fun, spooky read. If you have Kindle Unlimited you can read it for free, but even if you don’t it’s only $1.29 CAD (presumably less in the U.S.), and it’s more than worth it.
Thanks for the review! I’m so pleased to have a faithful supporter.
Here’s a little secret: I’ve been reading a lot of Mills & Boon/Harlequin – so many authors get their start this way, so I figured it might give me some extra tips on pacing, characterisation and dialogue, as they must conform to tight word counts and deadlines. I really felt it gave my work a lift, so I’m thrilled to see a review reflect this!
The “batshit insane” recommendation makes me especially proud.