The New Neighbor; Leah Stewart
Touchstone - 2015
I think I need to stop reading the product overviews for new releases, because lately I've been occasionally disappointed when the description for me ends up being a far stretch. For example this book is described as " a chilling, page turner and a darkly sophisticated novel", I just didn't get that from this book.
In this story Margaret Riley is a 90 year old, educated, retired Army nurse who spent time in war zones. Now her life is one of mostly isolation. She lives in a mountaintop home in Tennessee and leaves her home only when necessity calls and for occasional trips to the library to stock up on mystery novels -- nothing frivolous - PD James is her favorite. One day Margaret is startled when she notices a young woman across the way in a house that had long been vacant. She's curious about who the woman is and what brought her to the area.
Jennifer Young is the woman who lives across the way with her young son Milo. She's had a troubled past that she hopes to leave behind and she's hoping for a fresh start in this somewhat isolated area. Margaret's loneliness and curiosity quickly brings the two women together and in the process the past of each woman is slowly revealed.
Margaret lures Jennifer into her home with her own personal agenda which at times seemed suspect. Her amateur sleuthing never reveals anything earth shattering IMO, and the reveal is very very slow. The story is told in alternate POV of the two women with a third POV added near the end.
I found this book to be more a women fiction genre rather than literary, or even suspense, as I had hoped. I liked the beginning of this book, but after a while I found it hard to stay interested in the story, which was too bad as I've enjoyed offerings by this author. Reviews seemed mixed on this one, so by all means try it and see what you think.