As a Media Professor and a Journalist, I read a lot, I was fortunate to come across a new book by Actress Eliana Alexander entitled The Neighbor. I loved it and couldn't put it down and say this after five years of grading University term papers and senior thesis.
The Neighbor is a fictional story written from the inside out in full visceral color; you can almost smell lilac flower beds in the pages and want to wipe your feet before you enter a white carpeted parlor.
It is a murder mystery that takes place in current day Beverly Hills about Caroline Geish, a world-famous county singer living a perfect single life, a little too perfect. As former Sunset strip street band Poison says, "Every rose has its thorns"...
Writer Eliana a well known actress has no doubt has been behind gated walls, as an honored at multimillion dollar Hollywood mansions and gated condominium complexes.
She records the Mise-en-Scene ambiance and textures of modern Beverly Hill's life as clearly as an I phone 5 video recorder. We know these people visually, we have heard their songs on IPod viscerally, yet is all comes out of the heart of a gifted writer who has been behind the curtain, and flash burned by tabloid pirates.
There is a handsome and successful plastic surgeon moves in next door. Shortly after they meet, there is a murder and the country starlet is framed for a horrendous crime. What is discovered during an investigation is the deep rooted plot to destroy Caroline and her entire family.
Investigator Nate, is a special Ops, 007, a hired gun who, unravels this embroidery of intrigue, lies, misdirection, bloody foot prints running though manicure lawns, past emerald BMW's and Yellow turbo Porches.
The story swirls and builds to a crescendo like is Stravinsky piece, ironically Igor settled in West Hollywood back the day himself. The puzzle starts to fit piece by, lie after uncovered lie, until the portrait reveals a digital image of the true killer of true yet flawed genius.