Our rating: 4 of 5 stars
Norma and I were lost in the sunny, cultivated rich lush coulee with five of our Traveling Sisters reading The Family Next Door and we all ended up in the same Coulee enjoying this thought-provoking and engaging story that led to an interesting and fun discussion amongst us.
The Family Next Door is an entertaining, emotional, compelling, and suspenseful domestic thriller that explores the secrets, deceits, and lies of five women who live in a small seemly perfect suburban neighborhood.
Sally Hepworth does a good job creating a group of interesting women here with all the secrets and conflicts in their lives and relationships. She also does a great job showing us how the conflicts affected the men in the story, allowing us to feel for them as well.
We do really love these types of stories and find them fascinating and often wonder what goes on behind those closed curtains in peoples homes. We enjoyed pulling back the curtains and discovering the layers of secrets as they were revealed leaving us all shocked with a twist that we didn’t see coming.
Even though we ended up in the same Coulee a couple of us ended up tangled in the weeds thinking this was a little too much drama. For the rest of us, we ended up soaking up that drama on the sunny side with a nice crisp glass of white wine not wanting to leave. We highly recommend.
Publication Date March 6, 2018
Thank you to NetGalley, St Martin’s Press and Sally Hepworth for a copy to read and review.
Do you ever secretly gaze at your neighbor and think, “wow, they have it all.” A beautiful home, a loving marriage, happy, healthy kids and a cute designer dog. Don’t you ever wish you could just have a fraction of that serene, picturesque life?
Well before you wish too hard…maybe just take a peek behind the scenes. As often happens, maybe their lives aren’t so perfect after all. And maybe you in fact are the lucky one at the end of the day.
When a beautiful single woman moves into the neighborhood, everyone’s heads tilt with curious apprehension about her background and how she’s going to fit in. After all, she is single with no children in sight. And, she seems to be asking a lot of questions..
Told from several POVs each with their own secrets and fears. Each voice is strong and distinctive. I joyfully had no trouble keeping all the characters apart. (love that)
These are my favorite types of domestic shockers. I’m always trying to guess what lies each character is telling in order to keep their facade going. This book was so well done and kept me glued throughout. If domestic fiction is your thing, don’t miss out on this one!
Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Sally Hepworth for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.