Starting a new book, especially by a new (to you) author, is always a minefield of questions. Will it be any good? Will I like the characters? Will it be as good as the blurb makes it out to be? Well, when in the first few pages you find this: “God, of all the bloody packages to go missing…” and the package in question contains adult toys; you just know the book is going to be funny!
Stefanie London is a new author for me, but Trouble Next Door certainly won’t be the last book of hers that I will read. Points are automatically awarded for Stefanie being an Australian author (I will ignore that she is currently living elsewhere) and successfully basing her book in an Australian setting. I have been lucky enough to read a few new (to me) Australian authors this year, and I’m so proud that the world is starting to recognise the gold mine of talent we have here.
All further praise though is based solely on the quality of Stefanie’s work. Trouble Next Door is a lovely light read, but not emotionally bland. We are presented with the full range of human emotion: humour, love, embarrassment, confusion, betrayal, lack of confidence, indecision, and just a little angst thrown in for good measure.
I really enjoyed Stefanie’s writing style. It flowed very well, and the switches between the two POVs of McKenna and Beckett were smoothly done so it simply flowed from one to the other. Characters were very well done. It was easy to sympathise with both McKenna and Beckett, and both were genuinely likable people. Secondary characters were developed enough according to their role in the story. This book did not feel one dimensional or flat. All the characters were very much alive on the page.
I very much enjoyed Stefanie London’s Trouble Next Door and would have no hesitations in recommending it to someone who is looking for a light read with heart.