Author Stephen King | Image: Pinguino
It would likely take a well written and original horror tale to impress the master of that book genre, Stephen King. The man has been at it so long, he probably has at least considered every possible avenue of horror. The linked article presents a list of eleven books that scared Stephen King, thus having won his scream of approval.
One book on the list is The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood. From its description on Amazon,
"No. 23 has a secret. In this bedsit-riddled south London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, something waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide.
Collette and Cher are on the run; Thomas is a reluctant loner; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a 'quiet man' nobody sees try to stay hidden. And watching over them all is Vesta - or so she thinks.
In the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the neighbours into an uneasy alliance. But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victim...
As a cloying heatwave suffocates the city, events build to an electrifying climax in this dark, original and irresistibly compelling thriller."
Here's what Stephen King says about the book:
"If you read Alex Marwood's The Wicked Girls, her new one—The Killer Next Door—is even better. Scary as hell. Great characters."