Story Plant hardcover

ISBN: 978-1-611880-34-2

Fiction Studio Books e-book

ISBN: 978-1-936558-92-6

Publication date: March 27, 2012

348 pages

“Some of us spend decades learning how to write. Mark Gilleo is one of those rare naturals – or at least it seems that way. Love Thy Neighbor is a shockingly good debut, fascinating and gripping from the first page to the last. It belongs between Ludlum and Forsyth on your shelf.”

– Jeff Stein, columnist and National Security Editor, Spytalk


Clark Hayden is a graduate student trying to help his mother navigate through the loss of his father while she continues to live in their house near Washington DC. With his mother's diminishing mental capacity becoming the norm, Clark expects a certain amount of craziness as he heads home for the holidays. What he couldn't possibly anticipate, though, is that he would find himself catapulted into the middle of the terrorist operation. As the holiday festivities reach a crescendo, a terrorist cell - which happens to be across the street - is activated. Suddenly Clark is discovering things he never knew about deadly chemicals, secret government operations, suspiciously missing neighbors, and the intentions of a gorgeous IRS auditor. Clark's quiet suburban neighborhood is about to become one of the most deadly places on the planet, and it's up to Clark to prevent the loss of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives in the nation's capital.

Fast, acerbic, wise and endlessly exciting, Love Thy Neighbor marks the unforgettable debut of a startling new voice in suspense fiction.


“Important and well done, indeed, Mr. Gilleo!”
– Crystal Book Reviews



Love Thy Neighbor 

Mark Gilleo

“Gilleo is an exciting new voice in the market bringing together intelligent plots and memorable characters.”
– Between the Leaves


“Excellent, there is no other word. The story is emotional, realistic, heart wrenching, suspenseful, and the plot twists and turns keeping the reader turning the page…. This book should be on everyone’s list if suspense, crime, and intrigue are the stories you love. You will not be disappointed.”
– Writing and Other Ways into the Heart

“Keeps you guessing until the end. I won’t spoil it, but I was never completely sure what was going to happen until I got there.”
– Tontowilliam’s Electronic Scrapbook


“This is an author to put on your radar. His writing is that of a seasoned author. I say Bravo Mr. Gilleo!”
– CMash Loves to Read


“Lots of mystery and suspense all along in the story. It will keep you turning the pages to find out what happens. I know I sure did.”
– Sweeping Me

“This story is fun, fast paced, exhilarating, and exciting. You won’t want to put it down, because you’ll be too excited to see what is coming next in the story.”
– Practical Frugality


“An exciting read. Will definitely keep my eye on this author.”
– Coffee and a Keyboard

“If you enjoy a good mystery I can promise you will enjoy this book. It will keep you guessing until the very end and will stick with you long after you have read the last word. Mark Gilleo is an author to watch, quality this good in a debut novel is no fluke, I can’t wait for his next suspenseful tale.”
– Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book

“If you love thrillers you need to check this book out! This is a book that will have you still questioning things well after you are done reading it!”
– Purple Penguin Reviews

“Right up to the last page I was kept guessing which is the sign of a good book!”
– Read 2 Review


“A riveting story, filled with suspense, Love Thy Neighbor will stay with you long after the last page has been read.”
– Single Titles

“Edge of your seat thrills and mind-blowing twists, this is an absolutely incredible read!”
– Reviews by Molly

“Gilleo has hit a home run with Love Thy Neighbor. Any author who can write suspense that keeps you reading page after page, chapter after chapter — way past your normal bedtime, until your vision is blurry — is an author worth reading…and worth keeping an eye on. His books will be a worthy addition to your bookshelf, alongside any suspense novels that you consider the cream of the crop.”
– Keenly Kristin

“This is one novel that you need to put on your reading list, you won’t be disappointed!”
– Jersey Girl Book Reviews


“If you like suspense, then you must read Love thy Neighbor!”
– Books and Needlepoint


“Awesome. Chilling.”
– Simply Stacie

“I was engrossed in this story from the author’s note and it did not stop until I turned the last page. An excellent debut novel by an author I definitely want to read more of. I highly recommend it!”
– CelticLady’s Reviews

“This is one of those cleverly written books that will keep readers awake beyond their normal bed time.”
– Jean Booknerd

“I found myself wowed when things connected that I didn’t even think of. I’ve read the other reviews for this book and many of them say it’s pretty unforgettable. I’m going to agree with them and say I can’t wait to see more!”

– The Top Shelf

“An exciting read from start to finish. Mark Gilleo shows a talent for creating suspense as he unfolds a story all too relevant to events that have taken place in the real world over recent years. I highly recommend this book and I’ll definitely be on the look out for more titles by this author.”

– Writers and Authors

"Some of us spend decades learning how to write. Mark Gilleo is one of those rare naturals – or at least it seems that way," says Jeff Stein, columnist and National Security Editor of Spytalk. Gilleo's novels have received numerous awards and literary recognition, including winning a National Indie Excellence Award and a Beach Book Festival award, and being a finalist in the William Faulkner-Wisdom creative writing competition. Meanwhile, readers are responding enthusiastically to Gilleo's refined combination of unique, relatable characters and intricate, nuanced plotting.