The Family Next Door

By Sally Hepworth

The Family Next Door: A Novel by [Hepworth, Sally]

4 out of 5 stars

How well do we really know our neighbors? It seems that when single woman Isabelle moves into Pleasant Court, a lovely little neighborhood in Melbourne, secrets come flying out like balls from a tennis machine. Essie and Ben have two little daughters. It is not news that Essie once walked away from her baby at a park. She went back but how do you get past that? Nigel and Fran seem like the perfect couple. She seems to be the no-nonsense kind of mother, always prepared, but she is hiding a big secret from her husband. Ange and Lucas are raising their two boys and Ange seems to be in charge of the goings-on in the court but they too, are not what they seem. And then there is Barabara, Essie’s mother, who probably has the darkest secret of them all. Isabelle is there on a mission and when the truth comes out, all hell breaks loose.

This book reminded me of watching that lovely little soap Knots Landing. We get these neat little peeks into everyone’s homes. We are voyeurs in a way. Each character adds something to the story. No one is out of place. I love how everything falls together and we really get to know them all. There was one part that made me think “ew” but it was explained really well and I learned something new. Sally Hepworth is such a great author with a way of making you so involved with her characters. Loved this book and look forward to the next one.

Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press (really becoming one of my favorite publishers) for this wonderful novel.

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