Julie Proudfoot

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It is these insights into Luke's disturbed mind that makes this book so compelling.  Although occasionally we see things from the perspective of Angie, the one that Luke most wants to 'help', most of the novella is written from his point-of-view, revealing the deterioration of his state-of-mind and the strange way that he interprets events and interactions and how that impacts on his other relationships. Of all the nightmare scenarios I can think of, having a neighbour who's a stalker would have to be one of the worst.

Lisa Hill, ANZ Lit Lovers  

The Neighbour lulled me first with the normality of life in Australian suburbia and despite the fact that the plot is sketched out on the back cover, still managed to blindside me with the inciting moment.  Perhaps it was denial though; that I didn't want to think that Proudfoot would do what she did.  Once I was over that initial shock (one that had me put the book down for a moment), I was drawn back in as she slowly began unravelling personalities, mysteries and histories. It was a tense journey that kept me close.

Sean Wright, Adventures of a Bookonaut

The Neighbour does deal with dark aspect of suburbia, but its impact is different from other writers' work. Whereas books like Dawn Barker's Let Her Go tease the reader with the possibility that something awful will happen... the terrible event in The Neighbour happens early and happens hard, leaving the reader in no doubt. When it occurs, it's of such a horrific nature that its impact reverberates throughout the rest of the story 

Elizabeth Lhuede, Australian Women Writers Challenge.

The Neighbour is a powerful blend of psychological drama and domestic realism, and it tackles some weighty themes?guilt, redemption, coping with grief?without ever feeling heavy-handed. One of the reasons it struck me was its potential resonance with readers: it deals with a topic that's quite controversial and a situation that could happen to anyone (without wanting to give too much away, the story centres on a terrible accident that changes the lives of two families who live next door to one another).

Carody Culver, Editor

"The Neighbour is an astute psychological drama that offers a powerful and literary meditation on the nature of guilt and responsibility."

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