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Reviews of Confessions of a Neighbor, A Ballet Book Thriller by Heather Nadine Lenz
Madison H. October 13, 2017
“Now here is a really great, well-written book with a truly thrilling story. I could not get enough of this book. The main character, Ella, is a 16-year-old girl that goes through unimaginable circumstances. She is trying to pursue her career as a ballerina but after being rejected at several auditions and losing her only 2 close relatives, she finds her self suffering from depression and isolation. Her older, married neighbor, Owen takes an unhealthy interest in her. After a dinner invitation and some alcohol, she wakes up in his room unsure about exactly what happened. Well, she ends up pregnant and very unhappy about it. She avoids her daughter after birth but once she finally does hold her, she completely falls in love. What happens with the child is even more suspenseful. The entire story is full of thrill and suspense. It is definitely one of the books that I finished faster than I had wanted to because I just couldn’t slow down my reading. It is definitely a great read that is wonderfully written and I highly recommend it.”
Suspense and mystery are my go-to genre, with Lee Child and Jonathan Kellerman among two of my favorite authors, and I can tell you that engaging plot development is a hand-crafted skill that few writers really possess. Heather Lenz definitely has that skill. She builds up a beautiful crescendo of emotional breakdown within the main character, Ella, and we suffer through her own mental collapse as she navigates her increasingly unstable personal environment. Exactly the kind of stuff you want to from a suspense novel. It almost in a way reminds me of the breakdown of Princess Mary in Lermontov’s “A Hero of Our Time”, as far as watching the heroine wilt away into a sad state of despair, while keeping her hopes and dreams within reaching distance. And of course, you’ll have to read the book yourself to see how it all works out 🙂 Definitely a recommended read, you won’t regret picking this book up..”
I will read this one again and again!
on March 30, 2017
“Amazingly well written! I had a very difficult time putting it down. The characters were complex and very well developed. The book was paced like a roller coaster; it built up the suspense, then lulled you into a false sense of security, and then began the suspense again! I will definitely be reading this one again for many years.”
I highly recommend this novel!
Hard to Put Down
Sensational – Gripping to the last page
on March 18, 2017
“A novel that is full of twists and turns, and full of menace. Ella has no idea that the seemingly innocent practice of spying on her neighbor will put her in jeopardy. Fortunately for her, she has a kind guardian angel keeping one step ahead of her, and easing her path through life. At only 16 years of age she is trying to make her way as a ballet dancer, studying and training hard whilst working in a restaurant to make ends meet. But even for the meek, live is not always easy. A really good read that I enjoyed from start to finish.”
Top-notch thriller – superbly crafted
Two thumbs up.
Sometimes It Feels Like Someone’s Watching Me!
on February 7, 2017
A good suspenseful novel!
This is an absolutely gripping story; I kept on reading it at the edge of my seat. The main character of this novel is a woman called Ella; she is left alone in the world after the death of her grandma. Alone and desperate, she is lost and puts all her energy in her passion, ballet. Although she thinks she’s alone a stalker is after her and there is when the action and suspense begin. The plot of the story is quite interesting and attractive to readers. I enjoyed it a lot and I really felt the suspense. I would certainly recommend reading this family drama that turns into a suspenseful story.”
Will keep you up at night!
There’s a good amount of background information given in this book, but it doesn’t get confusing, nor does it take away from the thriller aspect of the book. Rather, it helps you see that the main character isn’t as paranoid as she feels. After a marathon of this book, you will be checking your home a little closer, just in case you might have a stalker too. I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for a bit of a thrill or those who love complex plots that don’t just hand out all of the answers.”
A tale of heartbreak, fighting for what you want, and love!
In this story the stalker becomes the stalked. Young Ella thinks there is no harm on spying on her neighbour. He is a good looking man who seems to have a toxic relationship with his wife. Ella can’t help herself watching as this marriage seems to be unravelling in front of her eyes and she finds herself attracted to this poor abused husband. However, as in the best psychological thrillers, all is not what it seems and Ella finds that she cannot trust her own judgement of other people. It doesn’t help that she is very young and vulnerable after the death of both her mother and grandmother and after a life spent fleeing from town to town and country to country, apparently escaping the Russian mafia.
Twists and Turns at Every Corner
A must read!
Intense, Inspirational Mystery!
Seventeen and alone in the world
Amazing Mystery/Thriller Ballet Novel!
What a creepy story!
For devotees of suspenseful emotional thrillers involving an appealing, naive young woman.
Plot: A prologue describes Ella struggling to survive in freezing water while attempting to save her very young daughter from drowning. The actual tale then begins with a lovely seventeen-year-old who was struggling with a massive load of problems: 1) the recent loss of her only family, her mother and most loving grandmother. 2) the three had moved constantly to different cities/countries because her mother was ‘fleeing the Russian Mafia’; 3) she is struggling to attempt to succeed in ballet, like her mother who was a featured ballerina in several ballet companies. 4) she had no idea of her father’s identity; 5) money was scarce, necessitating her working as a waitress while attempting to maintain her ballet training schedule; 6) she was attempting to deal not only with the overriding depressing effects of losing the two most important people in her life, but also had absolutely no supportive friends; 7) she mistakenly becomes involved in a relationship with a neighbor that gradually develops into a devastating nightmare; 8) the fact that she ultimately discovers that her mother suffered from a delusional problem which adds still another dimension to her distress The story gradually unfolds describing the manner in which each of the problems eventually is met and dealt with and provision of further detail would be a great disservice to the prospective reader.
Discussion: The author has produced a volume that provides an intriguingly convoluted plot that certainly would have been highly placed on Oprah Winfrey’s recommended reading list. It has all of the elements of a suspenseful thriller with abundant elements for sustained emotional stress being suffered by an unsophisticated young woman.”
Confessions of a Neighbor is a very beautiful book that speaks about the value of relationships and …
Wow – what a read!
Is someone watching?
This was a wonderful read! This is a fast-paced suspense ballet thriller …
-Reviewed by Melinda Hills, Readers’ Favorite
“Amazing scenery, vivid descriptions, and intense emotions are just part of the appeal of Confessions of a Neighbor: A Mystery in Switzerland by Heather Nadine Lenz. In this hard to put down story, you develop a real attachment to Ella and suffer along with her as she deals with issues from her past, her insecurities about the future, and the everyday struggles of trying to live while following her dreams. Wonderful descriptions of setting and ballet add a lot to the realism of the story. Well done! Psychological manipulation plays a large part in the story and Lenz sets the scene slowly and deliberately, then shocks you when the trap is sprung. This is a book that is well worth reading on many levels.”
-Reviewed by Kim Anisi, Readers’ Favorite
“Confessions of a Neighbor by Heather Nadine Lenz tells the story of Ella, a hopeful 16-year-old ballet dancer whose dream is to one day be able to make a living as a ballerina. Fate, however, has other plans for the young woman who lost her mother as well as her grandmother far too early. She is lonely and ends up falling victim to an evil scheme. Fortunately, she also has someone who is secretly looking out for her well-being. But the eyes of that secret helper cannot be everywhere. I enjoyed reading Confessions of a Neighbor by Heather Nadine Lenz.”