The Killer Next Door

The Killer Next Door - Alex Marwood Synopsis: No. 23 has a secret. In this gloomy, bedsit-riddled South London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, a horrifying collection quietly waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide.
Collette is on the run from her ex-boss; Cher is an underage children's home escapee; lonely Thomas tries to make friends with his neighbours; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a 'quiet man' nobody sees try to keep themselves hidden. And there for them all is Vesta, a woman who knows everything that goes on in the house - or thought she did.

Then in the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the six into an uneasy alliance. But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victim...

Murder is no laughing matter except maybe in this fiendish urban thriller set in London's bedsit land.The story focuses on a decaying house and its tenants,each with a secret to keep and one more so than the others.
Roy Preece is the repellent landlord from hell, a masterpiece of vileness, and his long suffering boarders are a quirky mix sympathetically drawn by this superior writer.

Suffused with dark humour, ingenious plotting and moments that if it were a film, you would be watching through your fingers.

It is extremely gruesome but also a strangely moving read, warm hearted and filled with compassion for those who find themselves lost and alone in a city of eight million plus people.