PIC Tour Review: Love Thy Neighbor by Mark Gilleo

Posted 1 May, 2012 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Love Thy Neighbor
Mark Gilleo
The Story Plant
March 27, 2012
438 pages
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5/5 Books

Clark Hayden is a graduate student trying to help his mother navigate through the loss of his father while she continues to live in their house near Washington DC. With his mother’s diminishing mental capacity becoming the norm, Clark expects a certain amount of craziness as he heads home for the holidays. What he couldn’t possibly anticipate, though, is that he would find himself catapulted into the middle of a terrorist operation. As the holiday festivities reach a crescendo, a terrorist cell – which happens to be across the street – is activated. Suddenly Clark is discovering things he never knew about deadly chemicals, secret government operations, suspiciously missing neighbors, and the intentions of a gorgeous IRS auditor. Clark’s quiet suburban neighborhood is about to become one of the most deadly places on the planet, and it’s up to Clark to prevent the loss of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives in the nation’s capital.

Fast, acerbic, wise and endlessly exciting, LOVE THY NEIGHBOR marks the unforgettable debut of a startling new voice in suspense fiction.

Author Mark Gilleo

About The Author:
Mark Gilleo holds a graduate degree in international business from the University of South Carolina and an undergraduate degree in business from George Mason University. He enjoys traveling, has lived and worked in Asia, and speaks fluent Japanese. A fourth-generation Washingtonian, he currently resides in the D.C. area. His two most recent novels were recognized as finalist and semifinalist, respectively, in the William Faulkner-Wisdom Creative writing competition. The Story Plant will publish his next novel, SWEAT in 2012.

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My Review:
Wow! This book really took me by surprise! For starters, it’s fantastically written by a super talented author, and it’s a debut. Second, I was blown away by the fact that it gripped me so completely. I started this yesterday morning and had it finished by 2am this morning. I was that hooked on the plot. Gilleo took complex characters, and intriguing, nearly real-life plot line and combined the two to turn out a novel that will not only grip you, but throw you around emotionally and set you done in an unexpected place in the end. You’ll be dying for more intensity like this by this fabulous author in the end.

What would you do if you suddenly came home from college to take care of an ailing mother (or father, for that matter) who claims her neighbors, the ones who love her and look out for her, are actually terrorists? That’s just what happens to Clark and what he’s about to find, is absolutely intense. When the police are called, they ignore his mother, claiming it’s just a mental state.

When the story takes a twist, and the IRS come calling, Clark can’t ignore his mother’s claims any longer. The suspense and thrills begin as Clark digs deeper……and finds that his mother may not be all the crazy, after all.

The intensity of the thrills and suspense is beyond incredibly. Debut novels usually need tweaking here and there, but this one…..this one is awesome. It’s a story will not let you go, even if you wanted it to. You’ll find yourself quickly entranced by the characters and the mystery. You’ll find yourself looking through the eyes of each character as the plot thickens and twists with each page turn.

I definitely recommend this novel with more than a 5 Book rating. It’s a novel that will leave you thinking about what your neighbors really may be up to! Edge of your seat thrills and mind-blowing twists, this is an absolutely incredible read! Fantastic job, Mr. Gilleo!!

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