By Brad Parks
Minotaur Books, $24.99, 336 pages

The Girl Next Door begins with Carter Ross’ investigation into the death of a delivery person for the paper he works for, the Eagle-Examiner, who dies but isn’t acknowledged by the paper. As Carter looks further into the death of the woman, he gets deeper and deeper into a deadly secret that could cost him everything. The Girl Next Door is a wonderful read that any fan of mystery will enjoy. Author Brad Parks melts humor and suspense into a concoction of epic proportions, leaving each reader on the edge of their seats until the very end. A quick read, The Girl Next Door is a book readers won’t want to put down and will likely finish in just a few sittings. Journalists, investigators and readers alike will enjoy what Parks has done with Ross and his investigations, and is a book that anyone who wants to be an investigative journalist and enjoys fiction should pick up.

Reviewed by Melissa Boles