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Secrets, jealousy, and paranoia collide when a seemingly perfect new family moves into a neighborhood with ties to Langley in this gripping thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Need to Know. Idyllic neighborhood, perfect family, meaningful career. CIA analyst Beth Bradford has it all— Until she doesn’t. Now, facing an empty nest and a broken marriage, Beth Secrets, jealousy, and paranoia collide when a seemingly perfect new family moves into a neighborhood with ties to Langley in this gripping thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Need to Know. Idyllic neighborhood, perfect family, meaningful career. CIA analyst Beth Bradford has it all— Until she doesn’t. Now, facing an empty nest and a broken marriage, Beth is moving from the cul-de-sac she’s long called home, and the CIA is removing her from the case that’s long been hers: tracking an elusive Iranian intelligence agent known as The Neighbor. Madeline Sterling moves into Beth’s old house. She has what Beth once had: an adoring husband, three beautiful young children, and the close-knit group of neighbors on the cul-de-sac. Now she has it all. And Beth—who can’t stop watching the woman stepping in to her old life—thinks the new neighbor has something else too: ties to Iranian intelligence. Is Beth just jealous? Paranoid? Or is something more at play? After all, most of the families on the cul-de-sac have some tie to the CIA. They’re all keeping secrets. And they all know more about their neighbors than they should. It would be the perfect place to insert a spy—unless one was there all along.


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Secrets, jealousy, and paranoia collide when a seemingly perfect new family moves into a neighborhood with ties to Langley in this gripping thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Need to Know. Idyllic neighborhood, perfect family, meaningful career. CIA analyst Beth Bradford has it all— Until she doesn’t. Now, facing an empty nest and a broken marriage, Beth Secrets, jealousy, and paranoia collide when a seemingly perfect new family moves into a neighborhood with ties to Langley in this gripping thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Need to Know. Idyllic neighborhood, perfect family, meaningful career. CIA analyst Beth Bradford has it all— Until she doesn’t. Now, facing an empty nest and a broken marriage, Beth is moving from the cul-de-sac she’s long called home, and the CIA is removing her from the case that’s long been hers: tracking an elusive Iranian intelligence agent known as The Neighbor. Madeline Sterling moves into Beth’s old house. She has what Beth once had: an adoring husband, three beautiful young children, and the close-knit group of neighbors on the cul-de-sac. Now she has it all. And Beth—who can’t stop watching the woman stepping in to her old life—thinks the new neighbor has something else too: ties to Iranian intelligence. Is Beth just jealous? Paranoid? Or is something more at play? After all, most of the families on the cul-de-sac have some tie to the CIA. They’re all keeping secrets. And they all know more about their neighbors than they should. It would be the perfect place to insert a spy—unless one was there all along.

30 review for The New Neighbor

  1. 5 out of 5

    Holly B

    Outlier Alert This is my fourth by the author. I usually really enjoy her novels. I love a good neighborhood thriller and this one has an intriguing premise. A quiet cul-de-sac with a close knit set of friends, a CIA agent on a mission, tracking an elusive Iranian intelligence agent who is coded as "The Neighbor". It was a slow burn, head scratcher for me. Beth is the CIA agent and her life goes heywire when she gets demoted, her marriage falls apart, and she becomes an empty nester when her child Outlier Alert This is my fourth by the author. I usually really enjoy her novels. I love a good neighborhood thriller and this one has an intriguing premise. A quiet cul-de-sac with a close knit set of friends, a CIA agent on a mission, tracking an elusive Iranian intelligence agent who is coded as "The Neighbor". It was a slow burn, head scratcher for me. Beth is the CIA agent and her life goes heywire when she gets demoted, her marriage falls apart, and she becomes an empty nester when her child leaves home for college. Her husband leaves her and she has to give up her home, but she becomes obsessed with the woman who buys it and she continues spying on all of previous neighbors. LOOKING for the elusive "New Neighbor". I wanted to scream more than once, "Just find the person already" this infiltrator!!!!!! I've had enough! My brain is circling with all the theories. Far-fetched mania, then the conclusion...... What? Oh no, really? Nope, just nope. Although I wasn't a fan of this one, others have enjoyed the wild ride of guessing the identity of the New Neighbor! Thanks to Netgalley for the arc. OUT July 26, 2022

  2. 4 out of 5

    Catherine (alternativelytitledbooks)

    **Many thanks to NetGalley, Random House - Ballantine, and Karen Cleveland for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 7.26!** cul-de-sac (noun): a route or course leading nowhere Karen Cleveland's latest CIA-laced thriller will take you on SEVERAL courses with suspects aplenty...but can YOU figure out which ones ACTUALLY lead nowhere? Beth Bradford has built a quiet and simple life...well, as quiet and simple a life as one can build while working for the CIA. She lives in a cul-de-sac amidst **Many thanks to NetGalley, Random House - Ballantine, and Karen Cleveland for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 7.26!** cul-de-sac (noun): a route or course leading nowhere Karen Cleveland's latest CIA-laced thriller will take you on SEVERAL courses with suspects aplenty...but can YOU figure out which ones ACTUALLY lead nowhere? Beth Bradford has built a quiet and simple life...well, as quiet and simple a life as one can build while working for the CIA. She lives in a cul-de-sac amidst many neighbors who are your typical suburban fare: families with kids, albeit ALSO with ties to a certain government agency or two. They've spent many a night hanging out in the street watching their children whiz by on their scooters and bikes as they all chattered away and sipped out of Solo cups filled with wine. All this is about to change for Beth: her eldest child (son Tyler) is now off to college...and her husband is leaving her. Forced out of their shared home, Beth reluctantly accepts the fact that she is going to be moving and the house and all the memories it held will be out of her life. To make matters worse, she's spent much of her career tracking an Iranian intelligence agent, The Neighbor, but she is abruptly removed from the case. Feeling adrift, Beth latches on to the couple who move into her old home, spying on Madeline and her husband through the cameras still set up...and finds herself questioning WHY this house? This is a neighborhood simply bursting with operatives...is it just a coincidence that the couple has chosen HER house? And why did she overhear Madeline speak Farsi? Could this New Neighbor and THE Neighbor have some sort of connection? Or were the answers she was looking for under Beth's nose all along? I haven't picked up a Karen Cleveland book in quite a while, but this one was certainly reminiscent of the last one I read: a spy-tinged thriller. Not my favorite sub-genre of thriller, but I remembered enjoying the other read, so I figured I'd give this one a shot. On the plus side? Short chapters, CIA talk but not TOO much, quick pacing, and some heartbreaking parts in the beginning especially for Beth, as she mourned the life she once had and the family feel that has now slipped through her fingers. As far as the down side? Well, for someone who supposedly works in the CIA, Beth isn't the sharpest tack. She puts herself in some pretty ridiculous and OBVIOUSLY dumb situations and then acts surprised every time she gets caught. ("I'm printing something classified that I shouldn't be printing on the printer at work. I sure hope nobody comes in before this printer is done printing!" *cue 10 minute long printing session*) However, she knows how to buy and go through burner phones like nobody's business...so I'm not really sure how to reconcile the two. Cleveland also introduces the (somewhat tired) trope of Female Protagonist Who Can't Be Trusted Because She Loves Wine, so fair warning. For a while during this book I honestly thought my rating was going to plummet because Beth's constant jumps from "well it could be THIS person...no wait, maybe it's THAT person" was starting to be a bit much for me. Maybe I just haven't read this type of paranoid and unreliable narrator in a while so it didn't bother me much, but once some ACTUAL reveals happened, Beth became more tolerable again. This book is exactly the sort of popcorn, action-film-esque summer spy thriller I didn't know I needed for a bit of mindless fun and will hopefully be the same for you...If you don't take it too seriously and have the aforementioned popcorn on hand (or at the least your Solo cup of wine!) 🥤 I also would like to add one last proverb that might have been a nice intro to this tale: Ask about your neighbors...THEN buy the house. 😉 3.5, rounded up to 4

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Oh my poor grey cells! They hurt like hell! I don’t know how many twists a regular thriller reader can handle. But this book’s twists like harsh slaps against your face and I think I am not gonna feel my cheeks for a long time after reading them. If they want to make sequel for “ Dazed and Confused” movie, they can take my photo and turn it into movie poster. Because I’m truly dazed and confused! When I was reading the last third, I truly wanted to close the book and scream: “ I’m the freaking n Oh my poor grey cells! They hurt like hell! I don’t know how many twists a regular thriller reader can handle. But this book’s twists like harsh slaps against your face and I think I am not gonna feel my cheeks for a long time after reading them. If they want to make sequel for “ Dazed and Confused” movie, they can take my photo and turn it into movie poster. Because I’m truly dazed and confused! When I was reading the last third, I truly wanted to close the book and scream: “ I’m the freaking neighbor! The show is over! Everyone can go home now!” After so much twists, conspiracy theories later, I am truly numb and I honestly couldn’t find any relatable character in this book including ultra obsessive heroine whose main mission is finding THE NEIGHBOR and saving the country! Nope, even her quick assumptions about the identity of the neighbor at the first third of the book was far fetched. I doubted if she was a real CIA agent or if she was stay at home suburban wife who read too much detective novels and watched too much spy movies. And the ending: when I read the last pages, I screamed “ Really !?” You may guess I’m not happy with the conclusion of the book. Quick summary: CIA analyst Beth Bradford sends her youngest child to the college, finding a seller to their family house but without having time to suffer from empty nest syndrome, she finds out her husband wants a divorce and she’s taken off the case she’s working for nearly the decades. Her focus was Quds Force, their external operations wing. And in particular, a high-ranking Quds Force commander named Reza Karimi. Karimi's mission is gaining undetected access to JWICS. Beth caught his most of the recruits but she missed only one of them: THE NEIGHBOR! The Neighbor is an access agent, a notoriously difficult who takes over the role of recruiting. Individuals who agree to work for a foreign intelligence service, sell out their own country works with the neighbor. And they're nearly impossible to find, because they are locals. They can be anyone! Beth lost everything she cared for and she has a lead! She knows the identity of the neighbor ( let’s say possible identity) but she needs to make her superiors believe in her when they only advise her let go off the case! Pros: the book is riveting page turner keeps you guessing the identity the culprit. It’s fast pacing, it never bores you! You are just intrigued and you want to know how the author will wrap things up. Because at the second half of the book, things get so messier and extremely escalated! Cons: I found the entire execution a little exaggerated and far fetched. Conclusion didn’t work with me! Overall: it’s a wild ride, quick, smart but also confusing read! I’m giving my three stars! I still enjoyed action packed, mind bending parts! I wished I could enjoy it more! Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group/ Ballantine for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    And so who's minding the store? Apparently not Beth Bradford, CIA Iranian Intelligence officer at the headquarters in Virginia. Back up the bus and try to parallel park this one in a tight spot. 'Cause Beth is having a bit of difficulty here. Beth, wife/mother, has been working at the CIA on a particular case involving a dangerous threat to our national security for over seventeen years. Iranian Reza Karimi, a Quds Force commander, has been trying to infiltrate U.S. Security through one of his ope And so who's minding the store? Apparently not Beth Bradford, CIA Iranian Intelligence officer at the headquarters in Virginia. Back up the bus and try to parallel park this one in a tight spot. 'Cause Beth is having a bit of difficulty here. Beth, wife/mother, has been working at the CIA on a particular case involving a dangerous threat to our national security for over seventeen years. Iranian Reza Karimi, a Quds Force commander, has been trying to infiltrate U.S. Security through one of his operatives called "The Neighbor". Beth has been hitting brick walls while trying to break through all of this for years. It appears that we may be dealing with a homegrown variety. And life is shifting the once stable ground for Beth and her family. With the last child off to college, Beth and her husband of twenty-five years decide to sell their spacious home. Only Mike has been honest about their failing marriage and he's moving on. Beth clutches tightly to the memories on that cul-de-saq and can't quite let go. And, believe me, it's affecting her. This emotional turmoil is leaving Beth so unsettled that it's now costing her a transfer out of her Iranian Intelligence Unit. She's farmed out to the Kent School for the CIA where she's teaching intelligence analysis. Beth doesn't give 100% there either and dismisses her students early almost on a daily basis. Beth now suspects the woman who bought their home on the cul-de-saq to be the operative known as The Neighbor. She's even taken to sitting in the shadows at night and staking out her old house. Beth's life is no longer finely buttoned up. The threads are unraveling. Her boss won't even consider Beth's accusations. The New Neighbor had elements here that could have skyrocketed. When an author chooses a very weak, unbelievable central character to carry out the storyline, weakness just leaves splotches all over the place. At no time did I buy into Beth's capabilities as a CIA intelligence agent. She dispensed excuses and trivialities like a vending machine. With this being Women's History Month, please give us a female who is on top of her game and extremely professional in her deliverance of her duties.....no matter what. And lacking that, we were left with a vapid read that went nowhere. Truth is truth. I received a copy of The New Neighbor through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Random House (Ballantine Books) and to Karen Cleveland for the opportunity.

  5. 5 out of 5

    DeAnn

    4.5 creepy stars - now available I have become a fan of Karen Cleveland, so I jumped at the chance to read her newest book. This one kept me turning the pages and suspecting everyone, just like I like it! Beth is a CIA analyst living in a neighborhood near Langley with lots of other CIA employees, all raising their families and working for their country. Now things are at a crossroads as Beth and her husband drop off their youngest child at college. They’ve decided it’s time to sell their house an 4.5 creepy stars - now available I have become a fan of Karen Cleveland, so I jumped at the chance to read her newest book. This one kept me turning the pages and suspecting everyone, just like I like it! Beth is a CIA analyst living in a neighborhood near Langley with lots of other CIA employees, all raising their families and working for their country. Now things are at a crossroads as Beth and her husband drop off their youngest child at college. They’ve decided it’s time to sell their house and look for something smaller. There are changes for her marriage and job too and soon Beth wonders what happened to her perfect life. Beth can’t let go of her old case even though she’s been forced to move on. She starts to investigate on her own and soon her job is in jeopardy and maybe even her life. All these changes have led her to have too many drinks and we aren’t sure if she’s imagining things or if someone is watching her. This one kept me guessing and was a quick read. It made me think more about how much I share with my neighbors! Just like her last book, this one ended with a cliffhanger ending so I’m wondering if I’ll get to read more about Beth, the CIA, and her family. This one made for an excellent buddy read with Mary Beth. Thank you to Ballantine and NetGalley for the copy of this one to read and review.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Darla

    That Beth is a bulldog. She does not give up. I have to admire her ingenuity and confidence as she plows through this story. Who is The Neighbor??? As Beth investigates in the present, past memories are seen in a new light. Will she discover that one person or persons close to her has or have been recruited to help the enemy? Blew through this one in a day. Loved the Epilogue! Thank you to Ballantine Books and Edelweiss+ for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    ScrappyMags

    Feckless female on parade. 🤦🏼‍♀️ ⏰ 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫: Beth is going through a lot - empty nest, marriage dissolving, loss of a coveted work position, but she’s convinced she is solving her case locating an elusive Iraqi intelligence operative called “The Neighbor” even though it’s no longer her case. Beth uncovers nothing but mystery in her quest to find “The Neighbor”, but perhaps “The Neighbor” is closer than she thinks… 💡𝐓𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬: I’m disappointed because of my biggest pet peeve (my review Feckless female on parade. 🤦🏼‍♀️ ⏰ 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐒𝐮𝐦𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐄𝐯𝐞𝐫: Beth is going through a lot - empty nest, marriage dissolving, loss of a coveted work position, but she’s convinced she is solving her case locating an elusive Iraqi intelligence operative called “The Neighbor” even though it’s no longer her case. Beth uncovers nothing but mystery in her quest to find “The Neighbor”, but perhaps “The Neighbor” is closer than she thinks… 💡𝐓𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭𝐬: I’m disappointed because of my biggest pet peeve (my review readers know this) - weak, inadequate, female protagonists. I felt soooo disconnected from Beth. At 40% I was already 100% annoyed with Beth - how she was hired or worked for the CIA is beyond me. She holds no patience, no common sense, is inept, impulsive, and totally irrational - and I understand her life is upside down, but it’s the cliché of clichés: women are ruled by emotion. This woman is too “emotional” to do her CIA job. (Sigh)… so yet another “professional” woman who doesn’t act like a professional under emotional stress (Unless “nitwit” is a new profession?) The book had so much potential, opportunities for red herrings, a great wealth of characters to make it a guessing game of possibility, but the frazzled, off-kilter Beth made me feel like I just needed a muscle relaxer and a shot of Jack to get her anxiety away from me. The book salvaged a star and stayed in the “just ok” category because Cleveland does tell a good story, it’s just not for me. 𝗔𝗹𝗹 𝗺𝘆 𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄𝘀 𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝗦𝗰𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗽𝘆𝗠𝗮𝗴𝘀.𝗰𝗼𝗺 𝗮𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗽𝘂𝗯𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻. 📚𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐫𝐞: Mystery/Domestic Fiction 😍𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨: If the feminist pet peeve of mine doesn’t bother you, you’re good! 🙅‍♀️ 𝐍𝐨𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨: Those who abhor weak female protagonists. Thank you to the author, NetGalley and Random House Ballantine for my advanced copy in exchange for my always-honest review and for knowing how I roll and appreciating my honesty.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Alan

    DNF. I stopped reading at 40 percent because I was bored out of my mind. I liked the character of Beth and the writing, I just didn’t care if the woman who bought Beth’s house was a bad guy. Beth works for the CIA, but she’s taken off a case that she’s long been working on and has essentially been demoted to a teacher. All of her children are out of the house, and now, the marriage that hasn’t been working for a while is over, too. Unfortunately, reading about Beth staking out her old neighborho DNF. I stopped reading at 40 percent because I was bored out of my mind. I liked the character of Beth and the writing, I just didn’t care if the woman who bought Beth’s house was a bad guy. Beth works for the CIA, but she’s taken off a case that she’s long been working on and has essentially been demoted to a teacher. All of her children are out of the house, and now, the marriage that hasn’t been working for a while is over, too. Unfortunately, reading about Beth staking out her old neighborhood and doing reconnaissance online about her new neighbor Madeline is extremely dull to read about. She thinks Madeline might have ties to Iranian intelligence. Since I didn’t finish it I don’t know if she does, but I also don’t care. NetGalley provided an advance copy of this novel, which RELEASES JULY 26, 2022.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    Hard to put down while I read it; equally hard to believe once I finished it. Beth Bradford is a CIA analyst who's been spending years searching for a highly elusive Iranian spy they call the Neighbor. But suddenly she comes to a huge turning point in her life: her youngest child leaves for college; she and her husband sell their house; he announces that he's leaving her at the same time (their marriage had long been in trouble but she thought they were going to try to work things out). And wors Hard to put down while I read it; equally hard to believe once I finished it. Beth Bradford is a CIA analyst who's been spending years searching for a highly elusive Iranian spy they call the Neighbor. But suddenly she comes to a huge turning point in her life: her youngest child leaves for college; she and her husband sell their house; he announces that he's leaving her at the same time (their marriage had long been in trouble but she thought they were going to try to work things out). And worst of all for Beth: The CIA has abruptly put her out to pasture, taking her off the Neighbor case and sending her to teach new hires. Well. Beth just KNOWS she's getting close to cracking the case and figuring out the Neighbor's identity. So she keeps pursuing the case as best she can, given that all of her access to confidential files has been revoked and her co-workers no longer even want to talk to her. She's a stubborn woman, I'll give her that. When Beth's suspicions turn to the wife of the family that moved into her old house and is integrating herself into the neighborhood, things start to heat up. But is Beth on the right track or not? Overall it was a fun read with a lot of twists and turns, but I got a little tired of situation after situation with Beth sneaking around and ignoring all the rules while everyone seems to be out to thwart her. And the final revelations about what was really going on left me a bit unsatisfied. It's a fun "beach" type read. I recommend it if you'd like a homegrown spy thriller with lots of tension and twists.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jonann loves book talk❤♥️❤

    Karen Cleveland's book The New Neighbor is well-written and paints a clear descriptive picture for readers. Cleveland keeps the action moving with surprising plot twists that lead to a shocking conclusion. Synopsis: Beth Bradford is a CIA analyst. Her youngest child departs for college and her husband ends their marriage, leaving Beth alone. When Beth sells her house to Madeline Sterling and her husband, the couple appears to have the lifestyle Beth dreams of until strange things start happening i Karen Cleveland's book The New Neighbor is well-written and paints a clear descriptive picture for readers. Cleveland keeps the action moving with surprising plot twists that lead to a shocking conclusion. Synopsis: Beth Bradford is a CIA analyst. Her youngest child departs for college and her husband ends their marriage, leaving Beth alone. When Beth sells her house to Madeline Sterling and her husband, the couple appears to have the lifestyle Beth dreams of until strange things start happening in the neighborhood. Beth suspects that Madeline may have ties with a notorious Iranian espionage group. Can Beth uncover the truth about Madeline? The New Neighbor is packed with delicious lies and mysterious circumstances. Karen Cleveland leads readers on an adventure that keeps them on their toes. It may feel a bit repetitive to readers at first, but it is in the retelling of the story to get to the unexpected conclusion. Fans of curvy CIA fiction will enjoy this book. As with many novels, one must suspend belief to appreciate it. I look forward to reading more of Karen Cleveland's work. (4⭐⭐⭐⭐) The New Neighbor is available on July 26th. Thank you, NetGalley and Random House - Ballantine, for allowing me to review this book. Your kindness is appreciated.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Brooke Nelson

    5 stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ With a thrilling plot and a compelling cast of characters, The New Neighbor earns an easy five stars from me. What is it that I love so much about it? Um, everything, I think, but let's get a little more specific. The writing is wonderful, not fanciful. The language isn't showy and over the top. It is written in the exact way a thriller should be written: straightforward but with emotion, compelling but with pauses in the action to help us understand our characters. It gives me 5 stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ With a thrilling plot and a compelling cast of characters, The New Neighbor earns an easy five stars from me. What is it that I love so much about it? Um, everything, I think, but let's get a little more specific. The writing is wonderful, not fanciful. The language isn't showy and over the top. It is written in the exact way a thriller should be written: straightforward but with emotion, compelling but with pauses in the action to help us understand our characters. It gives me somewhat the same feel as Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's joint writing style, though that may just be because I adore all of their writing so fully. Beyond strictly the writing, I enjoyed the way the characters were crafted. Suspicion fell on almost everyone without the author being too blunt and obvious about who should or shouldn't be branded a villain until nearer the end. I also cared deeply for the main character, and found myself rooting for her throughout her every move. I really connected with her in a way that isn't always easy for me to do. Though there are elements of The New Neighbor that are very much CIA- and FBI-based, I wasn't confused at all. Cleveland made it all easy to understand, without feeling as though she was talking down to me (a mere mortal who doesn't understand governmental agency procedures). I also have to say I was very pleasantly surprised by the pro-America theme to this story. There was much talk, and thought, regarding the importance of people in these high-level government positions being unwavering in their faith to their country, and how disastrous things can get when there are traitors among them. The main character also swore allegiance to her country, first and foremost, her friendships coming second to her most important task: keeping America and Americans safe. I absolutely love this, because it's something I rarely see in books lately, so it adds a whole new depth to the story that most today simply do not possess. Yay for innovative ideas! Bravo, Karen Cleveland. You've written a lovely novel. Please don't ever stop writing. My Blog | My Books | Instagram | Pinterest

  12. 5 out of 5

    James

    The New Neighbor is a cleverly written suspense novel by Karen Cleveland, a new author to me. I chose the book based on the NetGalley description and general theme, and I very much enjoyed reading it. Focused on a bunch of FBI and CIA operatives, the protagonist is in search of a spy gone rogue... and it just so happens she and her husband have sold their house, leaving a new neighbor to move into the cul de sac with all their former friends. Which one of these people knows something about the r The New Neighbor is a cleverly written suspense novel by Karen Cleveland, a new author to me. I chose the book based on the NetGalley description and general theme, and I very much enjoyed reading it. Focused on a bunch of FBI and CIA operatives, the protagonist is in search of a spy gone rogue... and it just so happens she and her husband have sold their house, leaving a new neighbor to move into the cul de sac with all their former friends. Which one of these people knows something about the rogue spy? The novel held my attention, but it has a slow first half. The suspense is in the neurotic obsession of the main character who is entirely too focused on being removed from her top case. There are reasons tho, and she may not figure them all out. Right down to the last ten pages, we're unsure who the bad person is, and when it's finally revealed, a definite surprise... I kinda guessed but wasn't emphatic about it, so it still felt shocking. Good writing, and I'll read her next book too.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Judy Collins

    In Karen Cleveland's latest domestic suspense thriller, set in a suburban neighborhood in the DC area in McLean, VA—THE NEW NEIGHBOR a cyberwar spy mystery to discover who is "The Neighbor?" EVERYONE HAS SECRETS! At the novel's opening, CIA counterintelligence analyst Beth Bradford is dropping her youngest child off at college, one married and one out of the country. An empty nester, she is sad because she is moving and her life is changing. Her house is up for sale. She must say goodbye to the In Karen Cleveland's latest domestic suspense thriller, set in a suburban neighborhood in the DC area in McLean, VA—THE NEW NEIGHBOR a cyberwar spy mystery to discover who is "The Neighbor?" EVERYONE HAS SECRETS! At the novel's opening, CIA counterintelligence analyst Beth Bradford is dropping her youngest child off at college, one married and one out of the country. An empty nester, she is sad because she is moving and her life is changing. Her house is up for sale. She must say goodbye to the home and neighborhood where she raised her children after her husband announces he is leaving her. On top of this, another stab in the back. She is being demoted to a mere training role instead of continuing her 15-year pursuit of a U.S.-based covert Iranian operative known as "The Neighbor." She is not ready to let go of the case. She knows more than anyone about the subject and is convinced the new resident is THE NEIGHBOR. The new neighbors who purchased her old house are Madeline and Josh Sterling. She is sure Madeline is THE NEIGHBOR, and she sets up surveillance of a cul-de-sac in her old neighborhood and appears increasingly unhinged to her friends and former neighbors. Madeline has what Beth once had: an adoring husband, three beautiful young children, and the close-knit group of neighbors on the block. Now she has it all. And Beth—who can't stop watching the woman stepping into her old life—thinks the new Neighbor has something else too: ties to Iranian intelligence. The Neighbor is an access agent —and by extension, a notoriously tricky target. Put simply, access agents are recruits who take over the recruiting role. Individuals who agree to work for a foreign intelligence service sell out their own country —by recruiting more traitors. And they are nearly impossible to find because they blend in. They do not know who The Neighbor is nor who they have recruited. Employees with security clearances feed sensitive information to our adversary and have been for years. The FBI's focused on finding The Neighbor's recruits, learning what secrets they've exposed. Putting an end to all of it before it is too late. Beth then thinks there may be a silver lining to the empty nest since she can focus entirely on THE NEIGHBOR and will keep her busy. However, Beth becomes obsessed and unhinged. Will she determine that the new Neighbor is the exclusive secret agent? She makes all kinds of mistakes and jumps from one suspect to another. Everyone thinks she is mad, paranoid, or crazy. From secrets, jealousy, and scandal, THE NEW NEIGHBOR makes for an intriguing slow-burn thriller as you are racing to the unveiling of THE NEIGHBOR (which will be at the end). It is not what you expect and reaches a satisfying conclusion. This complex, multi-layered tale will keep you guessing. Even though Beth was not a strong female character lead (nor did she behave like someone in her position with all kinds of mistakes), you are not fully invested in her nor know if she is a reliable narrator. It gets to the point it is almost crazy and comical. Overall, a cross between DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, the movie THEM and THE AMERICANS. You envision the lawn chairs lined up in this neighborhood, watching in the seemingly perfect neighborhood with families; however, darkness and secrets beneath this facade. "Every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies." — Jane Austen Mostly entertaining and not a lot of suspense and thrills. Cleveland knows her spy stuff and is a brilliant writer. However, Beth was not my favorite character. I look forward to Cleveland's next book, which hopefully will feature a more robust and competent female lead. Thank you to #Ballantine #RandomHouse and #Netgalley for an ARC to read, review, and enjoy in exchange for an honest review. Blog Review Posted @ www.JudithDCollins.com @JudithDCollins | #JDCMustReadBooks My Rating: 3.5 Stars rounded to 4 Stars Pub Date: July 26, 2022

  14. 5 out of 5

    Constantine

    Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ Genre: Mystery Thriller The New Neighbor is the story of Beth Bradford who is working for the CIA. Beth’s main mission is to find a foreign spy who is called The Neighbor. At some point, everything seems to be turning against her when her life changes on both personal and professional levels. Her marriage is failing and the CIA decides to take her case from her and hand it to someone else. Just when she was getting close to finding out about the spy’s identity the case is taken from h Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ Genre: Mystery Thriller The New Neighbor is the story of Beth Bradford who is working for the CIA. Beth’s main mission is to find a foreign spy who is called The Neighbor. At some point, everything seems to be turning against her when her life changes on both personal and professional levels. Her marriage is failing and the CIA decides to take her case from her and hand it to someone else. Just when she was getting close to finding out about the spy’s identity the case is taken from her. However, Beth decides to continue to do her own work to find the spy but in the process, she will suspect many people. She cannot trust anybody. She has to be on her own until she finds the neighbor. I’m usually not a fan of stories that involve the CIA and espionage. When I decided to pick up this thriller I just read the first line from the synopsis “Secrets, jealousy, and paranoia collide when a seemingly perfect new family moves into a neighborhood”. I do this with all the thrillers because sometimes the synopsis contains spoilers that might spoil the story for me. I prefer to get into the book blindly. I had no idea this story was about espionage or the CIA. I thought it involved a new neighbor in a small town who would cause problems for the residents or something like that. Despite not being what I thought it was, I still think this was a decent thriller. The author kept the plot moving by making the main character suspect many different characters. So the pace was consistent throughout the book. I can’t say there is much character development because this is a story in which the main focus is the plot itself. There are many twists and turns that will keep the fans of the genre interested. I think readers who enjoy reading about espionage might enjoy it more. Many thanks to the publisher Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine, Ballantine Books, and NetGalley for providing me with an advance reader copy of this book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dutchie

    If you want an edge of your seat thriller that never lets up, I HIGHLY recommend this book! Beth is a CIA Intelligence Analyst who just sent her last kid off to college, is selling her house on the cul-de-sac she absolutely loves and is in the midst of it all is suffering from a broken marriage. She's not in a great place and turns to a special case that she has been working on for years to help alleviate everything else going on in her life. One small problem is that she just can't help but to If you want an edge of your seat thriller that never lets up, I HIGHLY recommend this book! Beth is a CIA Intelligence Analyst who just sent her last kid off to college, is selling her house on the cul-de-sac she absolutely loves and is in the midst of it all is suffering from a broken marriage. She's not in a great place and turns to a special case that she has been working on for years to help alleviate everything else going on in her life. One small problem is that she just can't help but to keep tabs on the new owners of her old house which leads her down a path of paranoia. And when I mean paranoia, I mean PARANOIA! So much so I was just as paranoid. The author did a great job of portraying all of the above. Reading books that involve government agencies and possible espionage is not really my forte so pardon the rest of this review if it's not technical enough......The case aforementioned involves an Iranian "bad guy" who has enlisted the help of "The Neighbor" with the goal of trying to access a special database that will give them access to everything! Everything just doesn't sound good when it comes to government classified info IMO. Why I typically do not like this type of book is, I get lost in the CIA (or any department of that nature) lingo and lose interest, however what this author was great at is she only gave you "need to know" info, as in you got the info you needed to know to move forward with the plot without the reader getting lost in the weeds. This book just did not let up....we follow Beth as she is determined to find "The Neighbor" at any cost and boy she just kept at it. I was nibbling my nails down to the point I have none left. Once my nails grow back I'll certainly try another book from this author Thanks to Netgalley and Random House Ballantine for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Interesting story! I was torn between 3 and 4 stars - some unique aspects but nothing extraordinary. The main character was a narcissist who was trying to move on with her career as her marriage failed. With adult children, she threw herself into work! This caused her friends and co-workers to see her as over ambitious and later, as delusional. Lots of twists in the story with an unexpected ending! Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the advanced reader’s copy in exchange for my honest review Interesting story! I was torn between 3 and 4 stars - some unique aspects but nothing extraordinary. The main character was a narcissist who was trying to move on with her career as her marriage failed. With adult children, she threw herself into work! This caused her friends and co-workers to see her as over ambitious and later, as delusional. Lots of twists in the story with an unexpected ending! Thanks to NetGalley and publishers for the advanced reader’s copy in exchange for my honest review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kasia

    This spy thriller reads just like a movie, I ended up reading the second half of the book in one long sitting because I just had to know who the heck “The Neighbor” was! I thought this would be another fun story about creepy noisy neighbors and their secrets but this goes way above and beyond that. Solving this case had a tint of paranoia that made me question everything I was being shown and told, and I really enjoyed that. Beth Bradford, our main character works counter intelligence at CIA on This spy thriller reads just like a movie, I ended up reading the second half of the book in one long sitting because I just had to know who the heck “The Neighbor” was! I thought this would be another fun story about creepy noisy neighbors and their secrets but this goes way above and beyond that. Solving this case had a tint of paranoia that made me question everything I was being shown and told, and I really enjoyed that. Beth Bradford, our main character works counter intelligence at CIA on a case that has taken up fifteen years of her life tracking an Iranian agent that recruits average looking Americans for small but sinister purposed which are building up to something big. Beth is on the hunt until she’s suddenly taken off the case as her entire life flips upside down. After years of semi domestic bliss she’s suddenly all alone with not much to do. The kids are grown up and moved out, her relationship killed off by her dedication to her clandestine type of work and the ever evasive target seems so close yet so far. Beth decides to solve her case no matter what cost because she feels that’s all she has left and she’s pissed off and determined. That’s when story ride gets wild. Beth goes MacGyver in some instances and I can’t even begin to describe how much I enjoyed that. The story could have been a little shorter but in retrospect I liked the maze of actual clues but also some deceit. I felt very engaged with this book, I also really liked how a few chapters ended on a really good note that made me pause and say some really salty stuff out loud. Also please don’t think that the topic isn’t your jam if you only wanted a juicy bad neighbor book, this might be about tracking an agent but it really puts a magnifying glass on human nature and what we’re really capable of doing. Big thank you NetGalley and Ballantine Books for early reading access of this awesome story. - Kas

  18. 5 out of 5

    Selena

    I received a free e-copy of The New Neighbor by Karen Cleveland from NetGalley for my honest review. First off, I absolutely love any book from Karen Cleveland. She never disappoints. This is a very clever read. A thriller about the CIA and the perfect family. Beth is an analyst for the CIA, who is on the hunt for "The Neighbor", an Iranian agent. Beth is suddenly reassigned and her husband leaves her. Although she isn't supposed to, she desperately wants to find The Neighbor. Then, here comes Ma I received a free e-copy of The New Neighbor by Karen Cleveland from NetGalley for my honest review. First off, I absolutely love any book from Karen Cleveland. She never disappoints. This is a very clever read. A thriller about the CIA and the perfect family. Beth is an analyst for the CIA, who is on the hunt for "The Neighbor", an Iranian agent. Beth is suddenly reassigned and her husband leaves her. Although she isn't supposed to, she desperately wants to find The Neighbor. Then, here comes Madeline, A new woman. Beth feels like Madeline is taking over her home, careen and her husband. Beth has this feeling that Madeline has something to do with The Neighbor, but does she?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This was a lot more technical than I expected. I didn't realize the author is former CIA in real life and writes about the CIA often. I don't find Feds particularly interesting. I was just there for the drama and it felt like Desperate Housewives meets Disturbia. It just didn't work for me. Lots of characters with complicated jobs and lots of technicalities and lingo that I don't know. It was well-written if you're into that kind of thing. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher! This was a lot more technical than I expected. I didn't realize the author is former CIA in real life and writes about the CIA often. I don't find Feds particularly interesting. I was just there for the drama and it felt like Desperate Housewives meets Disturbia. It just didn't work for me. Lots of characters with complicated jobs and lots of technicalities and lingo that I don't know. It was well-written if you're into that kind of thing. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kasia

    This spy thriller reads just like a movie, I ended up reading the second half of the book in one long sitting because I just had to know who the heck “The Neighbor” was! I thought this would be another fun story about creepy noisy neighbors and their secrets but this goes way above and beyond that. Solving this case had a tint of paranoia that made me question everything I was being shown and told, and I really enjoyed that. Beth Bradford, our main character works counter intelligence at CIA on This spy thriller reads just like a movie, I ended up reading the second half of the book in one long sitting because I just had to know who the heck “The Neighbor” was! I thought this would be another fun story about creepy noisy neighbors and their secrets but this goes way above and beyond that. Solving this case had a tint of paranoia that made me question everything I was being shown and told, and I really enjoyed that. Beth Bradford, our main character works counter intelligence at CIA on a case that has taken up fifteen years of her life tracking an Iranian agent that recruits average looking Americans for small but sinister purposed which are building up to something big. Beth is on the hunt until she’s suddenly taken off the case as her entire life flips upside down. After years of semi domestic bliss she’s suddenly all alone with not much to do. The kids are grown up and moved out, her relationship killed off by her dedication to her clandestine type of work and the ever evasive target seems so close yet so far. Beth decides to solve her case no matter what cost because she feels that’s all she has left and she’s pissed off and determined. That’s when story ride gets wild. Beth goes MacGyver in some instances and I can’t even begin to describe how much I enjoyed that. The story could have been a little shorter but in retrospect I liked the maze of actual clues but also some deceit. I felt very engaged with this book, I also really liked how a few chapters ended on a really good note that made me pause and say some really salty stuff out loud. Also please don’t think that the topic isn’t your jam if you only wanted a juicy bad neighbor book, this might be about tracking an agent but it really puts a magnifying glass on human nature and what we’re really capable of doing. Big thank you NetGalley and Ballantine Books for early reading access of this awesome story. - Kas

  21. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Beth lost her position as a CIA Intelligence Officer looking for an Iranian spy they called "The Neighbor" and was sent to Kent School where she would be teaching intelligence analysis. In essence, it was a demotion. She wouldn’t give up her investigating that she had worked on for years and became obsessed with the family who moved into her home - especially the woman Madeline - because she thought she was the Iranian spy. Beth also lost her husband to divorce, and her last child was now in colle Beth lost her position as a CIA Intelligence Officer looking for an Iranian spy they called "The Neighbor" and was sent to Kent School where she would be teaching intelligence analysis. In essence, it was a demotion. She wouldn’t give up her investigating that she had worked on for years and became obsessed with the family who moved into her home - especially the woman Madeline - because she thought she was the Iranian spy. Beth also lost her husband to divorce, and her last child was now in college. Were these two life-changing events affecting her judgment about this woman? Why would she focus on this woman who she found had no history but who did lie about her prior job? Beth was warned to stop but wouldn’t and took many risks including the risk of losing her job as she was still investigating both Madeleine and others in her old neighborhood without permission from the CIA. It was slow going for me, and I am not really a fan of spy novels and espionage, but I continued because I wanted to know what all the hype was about and why Beth had worked for years to find “The Neighbor” and if Madeline really was “The Neighbor.” If you enjoy a book where you will be thrown off track, and if you enjoy books about the CIA and FBI, this book should be a good one for you. It just wasn’t a good fit for me. 3/5 This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    Fast-paced spy thriller pits a demoted CIA agent against a clever and cunning enemy. Beth Bradford had an idyllic life in a lovely home with her husband and three children. Until she didn't. In just days, Beth's husband has left her, her house is sold and she has to move, she has an empty nest, and she has been taken off the case that she has been working for over a decade. Of all of those losses, being removed from her position tracking an Iranian intelligence network and the asset known as The Fast-paced spy thriller pits a demoted CIA agent against a clever and cunning enemy. Beth Bradford had an idyllic life in a lovely home with her husband and three children. Until she didn't. In just days, Beth's husband has left her, her house is sold and she has to move, she has an empty nest, and she has been taken off the case that she has been working for over a decade. Of all of those losses, being removed from her position tracking an Iranian intelligence network and the asset known as The Neighbor, is the worst. She can't stop trying to find them to try to prevent their hacking into CIA computers. And, she's really resentful and overly curious about the woman who has moved into her old house on the cul-de-sac where she raised her children. Madeline Sterling quickly becomes friends with Beth's old neighbors and Beth feels like she is being shut out of everything she once held dear. But, could it be more ominous than just a new person on the street? Perhaps Madeline is connected to Iranian intelligence and is actually the entity she has been searching for through the years. Well, this was quite a convoluted and entertaining story. Beth often seems unhinged and irrational as she defies orders and continues to work her case even though she was ejected from her office and reassigned. No one is above suspicion as Beth unearths the secrets in the cul-de-sac and uncovers some startling connections in order to identify the spy. As she entertains one suspect after another, her behavior seems motivated by paranoia and there is little she won't do to pursue this hunt. As usual, everyone thinks Beth is in need of psych help and discounts her. I always find it frustrating when the narrative tries to make the main character look unreliable and unbalanced. As Beth skips from one possible Neighbor to another, it keeps the reader guessing, but the big reveal at the end was a bit of a surprise after all and the book seemed to end quite abruptly without the full resolution I was hoping to see. Not that I want any more of Beth or this plot line, but I do like a concrete conclusion. I've read all of Karen Cleveland's previous books and this was probably my least favorite. But she is definitely an author whose next work I will definitely seek out. It makes a good beach read for sure. Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for this e-book ARC to read, review, and recommend.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shereadbookblog

    Beth ’s life is falling apart. As her third child goes off to college, her house in a neighborhood she loved is sold, her husband leaves her, and she is removed from a case she has been working on for years at the CIA. Determined to solve that case, she goes rogue. As clues point to neighbors she had been close to for years, it seems to some that she is becoming unhinged. This is a domestic story and a spy thriller. Scenes shift back and forth from the present to earlier times in her life and nei Beth ’s life is falling apart. As her third child goes off to college, her house in a neighborhood she loved is sold, her husband leaves her, and she is removed from a case she has been working on for years at the CIA. Determined to solve that case, she goes rogue. As clues point to neighbors she had been close to for years, it seems to some that she is becoming unhinged. This is a domestic story and a spy thriller. Scenes shift back and forth from the present to earlier times in her life and neighborhood. I thought Cleveland was at her best when describing the breakdown of a marriage. I have a hard time when women who are supposed to be intelligent and in professional positions act impulsively and inappropriately. I also find it difficult to believe that a seasoned CIA agent would behave the way Beth did. The more she pursued the case inappropriately, the more annoying she became. But, of course, since this is fiction, she had to be right. This is the second book I have read by this author and both have a sub theme of how far parents will go to protect their children. I vacillate in how I would rate this book. Despite the annoyance, it was an engrossing, fast read. Thanks to netgalley and ballentinebooks for the arc.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tinichix (nicole)

    This is my first book by our author and what a pleasant surprise it was! I really liked it, and will for sure be checking out her other books, both past and future. Rounding up to a five on this one. CIA analyst Beth Bradford is removed from a case she has been working on for years and years right at the same time her marriage is falling apart, she is becoming an empty nester, and she is moving away from her friends that she has grown close to in her neighborhood. Most of the families that have This is my first book by our author and what a pleasant surprise it was! I really liked it, and will for sure be checking out her other books, both past and future. Rounding up to a five on this one. CIA analyst Beth Bradford is removed from a case she has been working on for years and years right at the same time her marriage is falling apart, she is becoming an empty nester, and she is moving away from her friends that she has grown close to in her neighborhood. Most of the families that have grown so close all have ties to the CIA and are all keeping their own secrets. Beth begins to wonder if the case she has been so invested in for so long has ties to the neighborhood she is now leaving. Maybe it won’t be easy for her to walk away from the case. There is something about a book like this where in the beginning you’re paying attention to each detail wondering if it will be important or be an obvious sign of something you missed down the road. I think it really helps to build the suspense and wonder. Initially I was worried I wouldn’t have enough knowledge for the CIA & FBI terms being used and jobs that were being introduced, but that passed very quickly and I was almost immediately drawn into and hooked on the story itself. It wasn’t too technical that it lost the entertainment factor. I really enjoyed the characters and found them interesting along with their jobs and families. This was one that kept me guessing the whole time and I was quite impressed with the ending. Thank you to our author and Ballantine Books of Random House Publishing Groups for an eARC on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 'The New Neighbor' will be available tentatively on 8-30-22 according to information inside of the NetGalley book, 7-26-22 on NetGalley in the book summary, and 7-26-22 per Goodreads. I hope if you pick it up you enjoy it as much as I did.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kori Potenzone

    Let me start by saying that Karen Cleveland’s writing is mesmerizing. I found myself out of sync with reality and transported completely into the book. I was thinking about The New Neighbor, when I wasn't reading it. I had dreams about it. It stayed with me long after I would put it down for the night and haunted me once I turned the final page. The New Neighbor was twisted and brilliant, like nothing I've ever read before. I can not recommend this book more . Buy the book, it was absolutely incre Let me start by saying that Karen Cleveland’s writing is mesmerizing. I found myself out of sync with reality and transported completely into the book. I was thinking about The New Neighbor, when I wasn't reading it. I had dreams about it. It stayed with me long after I would put it down for the night and haunted me once I turned the final page. The New Neighbor was twisted and brilliant, like nothing I've ever read before. I can not recommend this book more . Buy the book, it was absolutely incredible

  26. 4 out of 5

    Krista crone

    I was addicted to this uniquely plotted, twisty book. The premise was nothing like what I have read in the past and I was glued to the pages! With twist after twist, how could you not be hoping that Beth, a CIA analysist, figured out “The Neighbor”. My jaw hit the floor when “The New Neighbor” was revealed, as you will not see it coming! If you like neighborhood thrillers, CIA/FBI thrillers, or a traitor/spy/espionage thrillers definitely pickup this book! As this was my first by Karen Cleveland, I was addicted to this uniquely plotted, twisty book. The premise was nothing like what I have read in the past and I was glued to the pages! With twist after twist, how could you not be hoping that Beth, a CIA analysist, figured out “The Neighbor”. My jaw hit the floor when “The New Neighbor” was revealed, as you will not see it coming! If you like neighborhood thrillers, CIA/FBI thrillers, or a traitor/spy/espionage thrillers definitely pickup this book! As this was my first by Karen Cleveland, I will definitely be checking out her other books! ***** Many thanks to Random House Publishing - Ballantine, Karen Cleveland, and NetGalley for the gifted copy as it was provided to me in turn for my honest opinion.

  27. 5 out of 5

    D.B. Woodling

    CIA analyst Beth Bradford manages to reel in a hefty mix of anxiety and sorrow when she drops the last to leave the nest at his university. Now, with all of the children out of the house, she’ll be able to devote even more time to snaring the slippery Iranian intelligence agent known as The Neighbor, who she’s convinced is hell-bent on securing U.S. top secrets. Embracing the sale of the family home as well as the additional time on her hands, Beth intends to attack the fifteen-year-old case wit CIA analyst Beth Bradford manages to reel in a hefty mix of anxiety and sorrow when she drops the last to leave the nest at his university. Now, with all of the children out of the house, she’ll be able to devote even more time to snaring the slippery Iranian intelligence agent known as The Neighbor, who she’s convinced is hell-bent on securing U.S. top secrets. Embracing the sale of the family home as well as the additional time on her hands, Beth intends to attack the fifteen-year-old case with renewed vigor but discovers her superiors have decided she’s no longer effectual and have assigned a replacement. Her world is further shattered when her husband Mike does likewise and moves in with another woman. Relegated to teaching agency trainees the ins and outs, Beth refuses to give up her prior assignment and clandestinely trolls her former neighborhood, convinced her neighbors are harboring secrets and that one of the buyers of her home is The Neighbor. Adequately paced and ripe with delicious twists and turns, The New Neighbor is the rightful successor to Ms. Cleveland’s other suspenseful thrillers. A huge thank you to Ballantine Books, Karen Cleveland, and NetGalley for the ARC.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lori Martin

    This was my first time reading a book by Karen Cleveland, but it definitely won't be my last!!!! This book will blow your mind in the best possible way! You'll think that you have it figured out many different times just to find out that you have no clue who is doing what!! I just loved this book so much and read it at breakneck speed. Set time aside if you start this book because you won't be able to put it down! The book centers around Beth Bradford, a CIA analyst that has been working a case This was my first time reading a book by Karen Cleveland, but it definitely won't be my last!!!! This book will blow your mind in the best possible way! You'll think that you have it figured out many different times just to find out that you have no clue who is doing what!! I just loved this book so much and read it at breakneck speed. Set time aside if you start this book because you won't be able to put it down! The book centers around Beth Bradford, a CIA analyst that has been working a case for 15 years! She's coming off of vacation when the book.begins and finds out when she returns work that she has been reassigned to a teaching position at a CIA training school. She's not happy at all as she is sure she's close to solving the case she's been working on for such a long time. Her life is in upheaval as her last child left for college, her other 2 children have been out of the house, and now her husband wants a divorce. They've also sold the family home and she's in a rental townhouse alone as her husband informed her he's rented his own apartment. Beth continues to try to work her old case in her spare time between her teaching gig and learns more than she wants to know about her neighbors. Specifically, how well does she really know them and are they all keeping secrets? Also, why are her coworkers from the CIA locking her out of information on the case she worked for so many years? Buckle up because you're in for quite a ride with this book! I can't recommend this book enough! It was so much fun to read and my head is still spinning at the ending! Wow!! Get this book as soon as you can and enjoy! Thanks to Net Galley and Random House Publishing-Ballantine Books for allowing me to read this early!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    An Intricate Tale of Intrigue and Suspense SUMMARY Beth Bradford is having a bad week. She is struggling with an empty nest and a broken marriage and is moving from 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 is assigned to a menial teaching position. Madeline Sterling is moving into Beth’s old h An Intricate Tale of Intrigue and Suspense SUMMARY Beth Bradford is having a bad week. She is struggling with an empty nest and a broken marriage and is moving from 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 is 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? REVIEW 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. 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 Review www.bluestockingreviews.com

  30. 4 out of 5

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    3½⭐ Ɱ◎◎ĐႽ… ⬧ CIA/Spy Thriller ⬧ Mystery Suspense ⬧ Secrets, jealousy, and paranoia I think this started out okay but then floundered for a while. But eventually, around the last quarter…things started clicking and I found myself sort of invested in the story, after all. Overall, the reveals were a bit shocking and maybe even unbelievably far-fetched…but what do I know…the author is former CIA, after all. ⬧Narrated by: 🎙️Lisa Flanagan 📣She’s never disappointed me yet😁 Total Score 6.86/10⬧Opening-₁ 3½⭐ Ɱ◎◎ĐႽ… ⬧ CIA/Spy Thriller ⬧ Mystery Suspense ⬧ Secrets, jealousy, and paranoia I think this started out okay but then floundered for a while. But eventually, around the last quarter…things started clicking and I found myself sort of invested in the story, after all. Overall, the reveals were a bit shocking and maybe even unbelievably far-fetched…but what do I know…the author is former CIA, after all. ⬧Narrated by: 🎙️Lisa Flanagan 📣She’s never disappointed me yet😁 Total Score 6.86/10⬧Opening-₁7⬧Characters-6⬧Plot-7⬧Atmosphere-7⬧Writing Style-7⬧Ending-7⬧Overall Enjoyment-7

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