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Good Neighbors

By: Russell C. Connor
Narrated by: Jeffrey A. Hering
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Summary

How well do you know your neighbors?

Elliot Jefferson moved to the isolated Estates of North Hills to work on his sobriety and avoid other people at all costs. But when the electric transformers around the complex begin emitting a horrible buzz that he calls "the Squall", neither is easy to achieve.

Because some of his neighbors are acting strange. Twitching, fighting, and muttering about voices only they can hear.

Soon Elliot will find himself face-to-face with the worst humanity has to offer, as wives imprison husbands, children butcher parents, and those under the Squall's influence go to insane lengths to keep their secret safe. If he wants to survive, Elliot must discover the awful truth for himself, and lead a small group of innocents to safety...before they're all just as doomed as their neighbors.

©2015 Russell C Connor (P)2017 Russell C Connor

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My sort of book

This book is great for horror fans. The story line is great and the narrator does a brilliant job.

It made me look at my neighbours a little differently, and made me ponder just how today's technology is really effecting our brains.

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A grain of sand caught in the hurricane...

Elliott is about to finalise his divorce. After being thrown out by his wife, the recovering alcoholic had eventually signed a 13 month lease on an apartment in a very pleasant complex just outside of the city, the sort of place perfectly suited to bring up children - close to the town but surrounded by fields. But even after a year there, and with only his dog, Nicky, he still had not unpacked and had only a nodding acquaintance with his closest neighbours.
Then one hot day in March, a strange uncomfortable noise started to disturb the tranquility. It came from the electrical transformer not far from his bedroom window. He couldn't sleep, his head aches: it had to be the noise. But not everyone could hear it. And suddenly the easy atmosphere in the complex started to change ...

Good Neighbours is a tense and brutal horror thriller made all the more terrifying by an element of plausibility. Written in the first person from Elliott's perspective, the reader is there as first exasperation, then puzzlement and fears begin to rise inside the English teacher, finally to dissolve into pain and terror. Excellent characterisation of all the major players, too. Cleverly orchestrated and graphic in detail, this is not a book for the faint hearted as it outlines the complete disintegration of a society to the basics of desire..
Narrator Jeffery Hering gives a fine performance as Elliott, the somewhat introspective, self opinionated but fragile central character, his voice seeming to fit the man perfectly, with slow thoughtful delivery, slightly downbeat, at times hesitant. Hering nicely captures changing nuances, also, and his voicings of the other protagonists is seperately distinctive. On a personal note, however, I did increase the replay speed to 1.25 from about half way through the book.

I have not been aware of Russell Connor previously but will certainly watch out for his books in the future. I was very fortunate in receiving a copy of Good Neighbours, at my request, as a freely given complimentary gift from the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. It is a book all horror fans should enjoy. Recommended

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