Book Review: The House Next Door by James Patterson

Published in 2019, The House Next Door by James Patterson is a collection of three short stories.

The House Next Door follows a married mother of three who is thrilled when her new neighbour invites her on some errands. But a few quick tasks became a long lunch-and now things could go too far with a man who isn’t what he seems.

The Killer’s Wife follows Detective McGrath’s investigation into the disappearance of four girls. He knows the only way to find them is to get close to the suspect’s wife… maybe too close.

We. Are. Not. Alone sees the first message from space, the undeniable proof of alien life. Disgraced Air Force scientist Robert Barnett found it. Now he’s the target of a desperate nationwide manhunt, and Earth’s future hangs in the balance.

Overall Rating:

I’m not really sure why this overall book exists. I thought the first short story was great, but the second two feel like half-baked ideas that need a lot more context and development. Did Patterson not have time to give them the dedication they deserved?

The House Next Door –

I loved this first story. It was obvious where it was going but I enjoyed seeing it develop and it was overall very entertaining.

The Killer’s Wife –

This second story was okay. I didn’t understand the point in it at first but I definitely didn’t see the twist coming.

We. Are. Not. Alone –

Nothing seemed to happen in this final story. I enjoyed the overall message in the end about how our planet can be saved, but the rest of the story felt very empty and meaningless.

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