Andrew Morrison sacrificed everything—his childhood, his education, and the girl of his dreams—to look after his alcoholic mother. But enough is enough, and now he’s determined to get out and live his life. That means trading the home he grew up in for a rented room in the house of an old childhood friend— both of which are in sorry shape.
The only thing worse than Drew’s squalid new digs and sullen new roommate is the envy he feels for the house next door: a picture-perfect suburban domicile straight out of Norman Rockwell, with a couple of happy householders to match. But the better acquainted he gets with his new neighbors—especially the sweet and sexy Harlow Ward—the more he suspects unspeakable darkness beyond the white picket fence.
At the intersection of Blue Velvet and Basic Instinct lies The Neighbors, an insidiously entertaining tale of psychological suspense and mounting terror by the boldest new master of the form, Ania Ahlborn.
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Born in Ciechanów, Poland, Ania Ahlborn is also the author of the supernatural thriller Seed, and is currently working on her third novel. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of New Mexico, enjoys gourmet cooking, baking, drawing, traveling, movies, and exploring the darkest depths of the human (and sometimes inhuman) condition. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband and two dogs.Review:
“Discovering a new female, horror author is a rare find indeed, especially one who truly understand the subtlety of a good scare. ...The Neighbors is a chilling look at what can potentially lie beneath the surface of classic Americana. Under the circumstance, calling Ania Ahlborn a “breath of fresh air” is probably about as appropriate as a fit of giggles at a funeral. So instead let’s just say she’s surprising and skin-crawly and as much fun as getting the snot scared out of you at your local haunted house.”
"The Neighbors will have you guessing until the very end. The characters are full of mystery and intrigue that keep you glued to the pages... I love mystery, suspense and thriller and this book delivered it all."
"Ahlborn has a keen eye for detail and through her narration, she transports you into Andrew’s world. Reading the novel is reminiscent of a vivid nightmare you wake up from: the imagery is so real, but it’s all in your imagination. The struggle the author addresses, replacing a void with the idea of a quaint and flawless home life, is very much real. The readers can relate to a character like Andrew, but maybe not to the extent of hopelessness that he has experienced."
"...tailor-made for readers who get completely excited about the creepy-crawly ‘Stephen King-y’ world. And...just between us...if you’re still afraid of Nightmare on Elm Street after all these years, wait till you get a load of the evil on Magnolia Lane!"
"Ania Ahlborn’s stunning and terrifying psychological thriller, The Neighbors, is a breathtaking journey into the desperate and gruesome underbelly of the suburban dream...a psychological thriller that will wrap you around its twisted finger in two seconds flat...Lit with equal parts beauty and horror, The Neighbors is an exquisitely terrifying ride through the landscape of the subconcious of evil."
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