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The Neighbour

The NeighbourThe Neighbour by Julie Proudfoot

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This debut novel is a claustrophic exploration of the aftermath of a terrible, heart-breaking accident. When easy-going Luke is persuaded by his neighbour, Angie, to disconnect the electricity so that a pool can be delivered, he inadvertently reverses the polarity and electrifies the house, in turn electrocuting Angie and Ryan’s daughter. The aftermath of this mistake reverberates through the two families, and brings Luke to the end of his tether.
Whilst I can’t say this is an enjoyable read – the descriptions of Luke’s spiralling depression are harrowing – I can recommend it as an intense and perceptive novel.

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