The Killer Next Door

The Killer Next Door

A Novel

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143126690
  • 400  Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


A taut new psychological thriller from the Edgar Award–winning author of The Wicked Girls

Alex Marwood’s debut novel, The Wicked Girls, earned her lavish praise from the likes of Stephen King, Laura Lippman, and Erin Kelly, and won the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original. Now Marwood’s back with a brilliant, tightly paced thriller that will keep you up at night and make you ask yourself: just how well do you know your neighbors?

Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be renting rooms in a dodgy old building for cash—no credit check, no lease. It’s the kind of place you end up when you you’ve run out of other options. The six residents mostly keep to themselves, but one unbearably hot summer night, a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance. What they don’t know is that one of them is a killer. He’s already chosen his next victim, and he’ll do anything to protect his secret.
The Killer Next Door

The Killer Next Door

Alex Marwood


Praise for The Wicked Girls

“The suspense keeps the pages flying, but what sets this one apart is the palpable sense of onrushing doom.” – Stephen King, “The Best Books I Read This Year”, Entertainment Weekly 
“Harrowing… while the received wisdom on violence committed by children seems to be that ‘some people just are born evil,’ Marwood makes a strong case that these crimes are more likely rooted in poverty, abuse and parental abandonment.” – Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review
“In addition to being an excellent intelligent dark thriller in the vein of Gillian Flynn, The Wicked Girls presents an intriguing insider’s account of salacious British tabloid journalism” – BoingBoing
“The swirling mass of perceptions and happenings behind the main drama of Kirsty and Amber’s past crime is what makes The Wicked Girls more than a plot-driven mystery novel. (Not that it isn’t also that; Marwood sacrifices no speed, no engaging details or cliffhangers for the sake of the book’s spiky undercurrent).” – The Rumpus
“If Tana French and Gillian Flynn stayed up all night telling stories at an abandoned amusement park, this is awfully close to what they might come up with.” – Booklist (starred review)

“The Wicked Girls is ingenious and original—a novel that surprises and rewards its readers, delivering a twist of an ending that I never saw coming, then realized it was the only ending that could truly satisfy. Real, chilling, true to its world and its characters. In short, a knock-out.”—Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of And When She Was Good
“Genuinely disturbing and emotionally unsettling. The Wicked Girls is irresistible.”—Val McDermid, author of A Place of Execution
The Wicked Girls is utterly compelling. It’s psychologically rich, complex and masterfully plotted. I couldn’t put it down, even when I sensed it was taking me somewhere very dark indeed. I can’t wait to see what Alex Marwood comes up with next.”—Jojo Moyes, New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

“I loved it. It was cleverly plotted and pacy, with all the storylines thundering towards a final, gripping conclusion.”—Elizabeth Haynes, New York Times bestselling author of Into the Darkest Corner

Praise for The Killer Next Door

“If you read Alex Marwood’s THE WICKED GIRLS, her new one – THE KILLER NEXT DOOR – is even better. Scary as hell. Great characters.” – Stephen King

“Chilling, suspenseful, and darkly comic, THE KILLER NEXT DOOR is not only a terrific crime novel, but also a fascinating exploration of memorable characters, each individually lonely and secretive, and yet inextricably tied to one another by circumstance.” – Alafair Burke, author of ALL DAY AND A NIGHT

“THE KILLER NEXT DOOR unfolds with tantalizing precision to reveal the lives and secrets of a group of boarders in a run-down apartment house – one whose secret is far darker than the rest” – Sara J Henry, author of Learning to Swim

“A taut, fascinating tale [that] not only creates a cast of memorable characters, but also ratchets up the suspense…[Marwood] proves she’s got staying power in this addictive tale.” – Kirkus (starred review)

“This tightly plotted story that grabs you from the opening paragraphs and will keep you up far too late at night is highly recommended for fans of  Laura Lippman, Tana French, and Gillian Flynn.” – Library Journal (starred review)

“A well-plotted ending filled with unexpected surprises.” – Publisher’s Weekly

“Marwood is emerging as a master of contemporary British suspense.” – Booklist

“[A] deliciously creepy book!” – Suspense Magazine

“Taut, assured and reminiscent of Ruth Rendell’s psychological novels, Marwood’s second book more than lives up to the promise shown in her splendid debut, THE WICKED GIRLS” –  The Guardian

“Nasty, compelling and original, the author has done it again with her second novel” – The Sun


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