Could your neighbour make you angry enough to kill? Lowland Way is the perfect suburban neighbourhood. Sissy runs a B and B, two brothers with families live next door to each other, and a young family have just had a baby. Then Darren and his girlfriend Jodie move in across the road from Sissy’s B and B. They’re noisy, disruptive and most importantly don’t play by the neighbourhood rules. When a terrible crime takes place, the neighbours all point their fingers at Darren and Jodie. There’s one problem- the police don’t agree.
I loved this book. It is essentially a thriller but it also shows that, to an extent, classism exists still today. The neighbours very easily become different people when their “perfect” suburban life is suddenly not so perfect. While they say the noise is what’s bothering them, realistically it’s the fact that their neighbourhood might be seen to be less desirable and their reputations could suffer. It’s a classic case of looking down their nose. Now, that isn’t to say the couple who moved in weren’t noisy and inconsiderate, they were, but then other neighbours had made up their mind about them from when they moved in. The neighbours portray themselves as perfect but in reality they all have secrets themselves. I think what struck me was how far some of them were willing to go just to get that “perfect” neighbourhood back. It really is a great read and I would highly recommend it.