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“The Perfect Neighbour” by Susanna Beard

The perfect street, the perfect house, the perfect neighbours. Beth was engrossed by her next door neighbour Oksana, but when she saw a young girl at the upstairs window waving a sign with the words “HELP ME written on it, she was shocked. Nothing is perfect and Beth will learn it the hard way.

Still emotional even after I finished reading this. The story is a little too close to home. My mother worked as a domestic worker for a Russian woman many years ago and it was the worst job experience for her. The “madam” in my mother’s story was verbally abusive, cruel and belittling. I would never understand why people like her exist. It was a traumatic environment for my mother and I don’t think she’ll ever forget those people. The world is unfair for some of us and I just hope time and fate will teach that Russian woman a lesson. I feel bad for all the maltreated helpers around the world and I pray that they will get the justice and equity they so deserve. No one is above anyone regardless of their social status or lifestyle, no one has the right to abuse or degrade a person just because they are considered poor and destitute.

So happy with the ending, bad people were punished and justice was served. I really liked this book because it focused on a significant issue, a crime that’s been happening all over the world.

Really good novel. Can’t wait to read another book from this author.

What do you think about domestic abuse?

5 thoughts on ““The Perfect Neighbour” by Susanna Beard

  1. Thanks for sharing, my dear Cynthia 🙂

    The world is cruel indeed and as we have in the Bible: “Eye for an eye, tooth for an tooth” – But we also have in the Bible when Jesus Christ was cruizified: “Lord, forgive them, because they do not know what they do…” – This comes from a real heart that shows, inspite of cruelness of the people, generosity and forgiveness. And this is indeed the way for all of us. Violence cannot be washed away with violence, or blood not with blood – and violence already starts in our head. When we know what it causes which effects will come out it as a result, we will develop more understanding and we do not longer pay back with the same coin. Only love can change, never hate.

    Hugs and love, my dear friend 🙂
    Didi

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    1. I agree. We can succumb to the rage and the need to punish those people for our pain but it will never fulfill us. I guess we just have to wait for the heavens to pass the judgment.

      However, sometimes, when all we have is pain and suffering, it is very easy for us to be blinded by the desire to hurt too. That feeling don’t make us weak but it only shows that we are human. Capable of pain.

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      1. Indeed, dear Cynthia – and it is the mind in us that takes control of us – we are then like a plaything and only react what is done to us. Anyway, those who believe in karma know that everything has a reaction and we have to suffer for it too when we cause suffering to ourselves or other people. It is like a mirror or like an echo: “it returns the same way as it was done to others” – or we can see it like a bumerang.
        Thank you, my friend 🙂
        Hugs and love
        Didi

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