The Neighbours by Nicola Gill #BookReview #AvonBooks #NetGalley #4*


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To get up from rock bottom, you’ve got to take the stairs…

Some women have it all. Others are thirty-four and rent a tiny flat alone because they recently found their long-term boyfriend in bed with their boss. Ginny Taylor is certain her life can’t get any worse. But then she meets her downstairs neighbour…

Cassie Frost was once a beloved actress, but after a recent mishap she desperately needs a new publicist. And Ginny is a publicist who desperately needs a job – but can she be persuaded to work for the prickly woman who lives below her floorboards?

Ginny and Cassie are two very different women, but they have more in common than they’d care to imagine (or admit).

And when their worlds collide, they realise that sometimes – just sometimes – bad neighbours become good friends…


A funny, honest and moving exploration of life, love, friendship and navigating the emotional rollercoaster of your thirties… and beyond. Perfect for fans of Beth O’Leary’s The Flatshare and Ruth Jones’s Never Greener.


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Accomplished & Polished!      stars 4


There is so much packed into this novel, it’s really surprising that it’s Nicola Gill’s debut!

Ginny is in her mid-thirties and, as part of a relationship for the last couple of years, is waiting for THE proposal. Shame no-one told her partner. Ginny also has the boss from hell and when she discovers the pair of them ‘in flagrente’, her world implodes on both fronts and she finds herself without either of them. And so she gets to know her neighbour . . .

This is a skilfully crafted book, and one which kept my attention throughout. There is a good range of characters, each with their own stuff going on, all with a serious side but the story is sprinkled with humour all the way through. Each thread is tied off leaving no doubts about what happened to anyone – just as I like it! I imagine that this is far from the author’s first work – although it is her first published novel – as the writing is accomplished and polished, and I really enjoyed everything about it. It unfolds into a very entertaining tale, one which made me smile and giggle! Most definitely one I’m very happy to recommend, and I consider this well worth 4*.

My thanks to publisher Avon for my copy via NetGalley; this is, as always, my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: women’s fiction
  • Format: ebook, paperback, audio
  • Size: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Avon
  • Publication Date: 6 February 2020
  • Links: Goodreads
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  •             Kobo
  •             W. H. Smith
  •             Waterstones
  •             amazon


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Author Bio



Nicola Gill lives in London with her husband and two sons. At the age of five, when all of the other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers, she decided she wanted to be an author. Her ballet teacher was very relieved. The Neighbours is her debut novel.



Social Media

Twitter: @Nicola_J_Gill


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