A contemporary story about Melissa & Viggo set in a fictitious town in Sweden.
The motto of this book is "Surviving is not relevant, living life, however, is."
Melissa and Viggo are the couple that most people in the neighbourhood envy. She is a beautiful fashion designer, he is a news anchor and together they have it all. But are things really the way they seem from the outside?
Threats and violence are lurking behind the perfectly polished façade. Every evening, when Viggo steps over the threshold into his home, he is effectively treading on eggshells where the slightest of missteps can cause it to break, and Melissa to explode.
The secret next door is Jenny Jacobsson's first book and she when she did her researching for this book researching for this book in 2014 she had a conversation with 'Mansjouren' (a help organisation that focuses on men experiencing domestic violence), where she was told that it is as common for women to physically and psychologically abuse men as it is vice versa. There are already numerous books written about men’s violence towards women, so she decided to write this book to show a different perspective.
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"This perspective of 'reverse violence' is not often discussed. I mean when women beat up or abuse their boyfriends and husbands psychologically. But it is probably more common than one would imagine. The ending was a very unexpected twist. I urge you to read the book to find out what happens." - Bokfrun, blogger
Jenny Jacobsson primarily writes relationship novels with an added touch of excitement and suspense, because this is what she personally prefers to read. She picks up inspiration for her books in everyday events and she says she has nourished a dream of becoming an author her whole life. Not only is she is about to have this second novel published, she has also contributed to 15 different short story collections.