Sunday, May 29, 2022

The New Neighbor by Carter Wilson

Aidan holds the winning Powerball numbers.

Is today the best day of his life... or the worst?

Aidan Marlowe is the superstitious type—he's been playing the same lottery numbers for fifteen years, never hitting the jackpot. Until now. On the day of his wife's funeral.

Aidan struggles to cope with these two sudden extremes: instant wealth beyond his imagination, and the loss of the only woman he's ever loved, the mother of his twin children. But the money gives him and his kids options they didn't have before. They can leave everything behind. They can start a new life in a new town. So they do.

But a huge new house and all the money in the world can't replace what they've lost, and it's not long before Aidan realizes he's merely trading old demons for new ones. Because someone is watching him and his family very closely. Someone who knows exactly who they are, where they've come from, and what they're trying to hide. Someone who will stop at nothing to get what they want...

Paperback, 384 pages
Audiobook 9 hours 22 minutes
Published April 12th 2022 
by Poisoned Pen Press
3/5 stars

This was an audio read for me. Again it’s another author I read a lot about on Instagram and had to see for myself what the hype was about.

The author doesn’t waste any time getting to the heart of this story. During his wife’s funeral Aidan discovers his Powerball numbers finally came up. What follows is a change of direction and new beginning for him and their children.

Part of me feels I would have liked this book better if I had read the book. Aidan is an unreliable character and while the story started out strong and had the power to continue it started to falter for me. The pacing slowed between back story and the present day threats just couldn’t keep my attention. 

The mystery was intriguing but I wasn’t satisfied with the ending, there were issues unresolved that made it feel flat.  I know I am in the minority with my thoughts, so it could just be a me thing.

My audiobook was obtained through my Scribd account.

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