Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood Watch

Gemma Bolger


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Neighbourhood Watch is based on family dynamics and lifelong repercussions of decisions and actions made in youthful haste. Self-preservation and maintaining a good public image are strong motives throughout the book. Such incentives can lead even the most upstanding people to deception and reveal a darker side, if only to themselves. Although the main characters differ greatly, they are all linked by events from the past. Neighbourhood Watch explores the danger of putting misplaced trust into institutions or their representatives, for this trust can be manipulated and used to the advantage of those it is placed in. Within the story, there is a heavy focus on the humanity of people and how they deal with a set of circumstances they may have no control over. There is an underlying current that is deconstructed – that a confident woman is seen as almost arrogant and untrustworthy, and is not to be given the benefit of the doubt.


Gemma Bolger:
Having already enjoyed success and great positivity with her first book, Relatively Distant, this is Gemma’s second book and she is happy to expand her writing whilst thoroughly enjoying the whole experience. Relatively new to the world of book publishing, she has previously enjoyed the genre of short story writing and seeing her work in print. Gemma resides in southern Ireland and is lucky to claim the beautiful county of Waterford as her home. Indeed she takes great influence from her home town and this can be seen in her writing.