by Carter Wilson
I just read “The New Neighbor” by Carter Wilson.
This book is about a widowed man named Marlowe who, after the loss of his wife and winning a lottery, decides to move himself and his seven year old twins to a new town to start over. What follows is a mystery involving threatening letters demanding money and strange goings on in the new mansion he has bought which contains mysteries of its own.
Marlowe is a likeable character but he is full of self-loathing and there were times I really wanted to yell at him. In trying to figure our what is happening to himself and to his family he spirals out of control and seems to spend alot of time self-sabotaging.
There are a few twists along the way and the story proceeds at a good pace which kept me interested thorughout. I liked the relationship he had not just with his children and father but also with his lawyer Maya.
What I didn’t like was that the mystery of the family that lived in the mansion before him never got solved. For spending so much time talking about this family, I was surprised at the way the book ended, without much resolution.
In the end, all the main characters (Marlowe included) receive some closure and seem on the mend.
I felt the need to read each page slowly and pay attention to detail so that I fully understood what was happening.
A good book, with some unresolved plotlines. I feel the book could have been more satisfying had the mystery of the previous family that lived in the mansion been resolved more adequately.
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