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Mark lives next door to Freya. When her husband dies tragically, he determines to be her saviour, come what may. Whether that means walking the dog, minding the house or taking her on day trips. However, her neighbours on the other side keep getting in the way, as do her two lumpen brothers-in-law.... 

But Mark has another life, one he hasn't told Freya about, one that increasingly impinges on his desire to make Freya her own. As he lies in his bed at night, listening to her movements the other side of the wall, the gentle sighing and creaking of bed springs, he plots his movements towards an idyllic future. A future that doesn't feature his ex-girlfriend who still lives in the other house or his dead wife. As Mark ingratiates himself, Freya, lost in a sea of grief, only slowly begins to realise that Mark's motives may not be quite as compassionate as they seem and her eyes are opened to the threat she has guilelessly invited into her home.

©2020 Stevie Davies (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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A very clever psychological thriller - riveting

Matt Addis and Joan Walker share the narration of this excellent novel brilliantly. Their reading really grew on me and engaged my attention fully. As for the the novel itself: The Party Wall is a stunning psychological thriller that slowly and carefully builds and builds until the reader is left with a huge sense of tension. In an age where grooming and coercive, controlling behaviour are so prevalent as dangers, the insight this book gives is tremendous. How Davies manages to make the reader laugh out loud at times whilst being drawn in by such a dark plot is testament to her incredible skill as an author and ability to convey all aspects of human nature. Oh how this book makes you think. What makes a person as predatory as Mark? Why do people like Freya not see the damn warning signs? The reader wants to scream out loud! It’s frightening how cleverly and insidiously Mark creeps into Freya’s life, preying on her vulnerabilities, aligning himself - a predator in plain sight. Reading about this through his eyes, understanding his way of thinking and the opportunities he creates to achieve his goals is all incredibly entertaining. This novel is screaming out for a TV dramatisation. Bravo Davies, bravo. I put this right up there with her excellent and moving 'Into Suez'.

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  • 21-10-20

Looooong

long winded i quit at chapter 10...it was more like rambling but nothing to keep my attention.