“The Good Neighbor” unfolds like a line of dominoes, one is pushed and then one by one, each of the others goes tumbling into the next. The events are unstoppable, destructive, connected, and inevitable. Leah Talbot was in an accident; an animal jumped in front of her car. She was not to blame. Her neighbor was kind enough to let her use his phone to call a service truck. Surely he was a good neighbor. Events are logical, natural, even expected; however, when the owner of the house, a woman, is found murdered, things for Leah become illogical, unnatural, and definitely unexpected. Who was the man she had spent part of the evening with? A murderer, a polite, considerate executioner?
R. J Parker unfolds the story mostly from Leah’s perspective, but flashbacks let readers know what she does not. The timelines eventually converge in a terrifying manner. Events spiral downward at a frantic gripping pace, and readers do not whom to believe. The line between good and evil blurs, the choices become untenable. Is there a way for Leah to get things under control, or are the circumstances unwinnable?
“The Good Neighbor” is a story filled with comprehensive geographic details, complex thought processes, and gloves, always a fresh pair of surgical gloves. I received a review copy of “The Good Neighbor” from R. J. Parker, One More Chapter, and Harper Collins Publishers.