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The New Neighbor

By Karen Cleveland

An Intricate Tale of Intrigue and Suspense



Beth Bradford is having a bad week. She is struggling with an empty nest and a broken marriage and is moving out of the palatial Langley Oaks house she has long called home. To top it all off, the CIA had stealthily removed her from the one case she had worked on for over fifteen years.  Beth had been tracking an elusive Iranian Agent known as The Neighbor and now has been assigned to a menial teaching position.

Madeline Sterling is moving into Beth’s old house. Madeline has everything Beth once had; a handsome husband, three beautiful children, and a quiet cul-de-sac with a close-knit group of neighbors. Believing that Madeline is The Neighbor she has been searching for, Beth begins drinking, stalking Madeline, and making late-night visits back to the cul-de-sac.  Is Beth just jealous? Is she losing a grip on reality? Or is something else going on?


THE NEW NEIGHBOR is an intricate tale of intrigue and suspense.  Author Karen Cleveland's writing is engaging, imaginative, and full of twists and turns.

Beth Bradford’s character was somewhat disappointing.  I am a huge fan of strong women characters who, in the face of adversity, put on their big girl pants and save the day.  Beth forgot to put on her big girl pants. She drinks too much and manages to make one bad decision after another.  For being a trained CIA agent, Beth must have failed her basic surveillance classes, because she made a mess of repeatedly getting caught trying to spy on her neighbors.

I have thoroughly enjoyed two of Cleveland’s previous books and look forward to more in the future. Author Karen Cleveland is a former CIA Counterterrorism Analyst and a New York Times best-selling author of Need to Know (2018), Keep You Close (2019), and You Can Run (2021). She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children.

Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher    Penguin Random House

Published   July 26, 2022

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