Monday, March 05, 2018

Review: The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth

Title: The Family Next Door
Author: Sally Hepworth
Published: March 2018, St. Martin's Press
Format: Hardcover, 352 pages
Source: Publisher

A gripping domestic page-turner full of shocking reveals, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Amanda Prowse and Kerry Fisher.
The small suburb of Pleasant Court lives up to its name. It's the kind of place where everyone knows their neighbours, and children play in the street.

Isabelle Heatherington doesn't fit into this picture of family paradise. Husbandless and childless, she soon catches the attention of three Pleasant Court mothers.

But Ange, Fran and Essie have their own secrets to hide. Like the reason behind Ange's compulsion to control every aspect of her life. Or why Fran won't let her sweet, gentle husband near her new baby. Or why, three years ago, Essie took her daughter to the park - and returned home without her.

As their obsession with their new neighbour grows, the secrets of these three women begin to spread - and they'll soon find out that when you look at something too closely, you see things you never wanted to see.

My thoughts: I have really become a fan of Sally Hepworth and her novels, having loved her last two books. They have been emotionally poignant tales about families that really tug at your heartstrings. Well...hold on to you hats because while this one is certainly about families - it has a bit of a different feel to it. It's more of a suspenseful tale, with some drama added to it - and I loved it!!!

Right away, you become addicted to this book. It's told from multiple points of view and I think that helps make it not only engaging but it also adds to the suspense and drama. It's set in a small cul-de-sac where a new neighbor, Isabelle, has just moved it - but she doesn't quite fit the mold of the neighborhood and the ladies are definitely curious about her.

As we begin to get to know each of the ladies, one thing becomes crystal clear...each one of them has secrets they are hiding. These women may put up the facade that everything in their lives is picture perfect, but nothing can be further from the truth. And when you factor in the mystery that surrounds the new neighbor and what really has brought her to their neighborhood, your mind goes into overdrive trying to figure it all out.

I loved this book...I was consumed with it, not being able to think about anything else but these women, their families, and what really was going on. As each secret and back story was slowly revealed, I tried to figure out if it was part of why Isabelle is there. I tried to put it all together, but never got close to putting all the pieces together myself...this is so cleverly crafted. Nothing is as it seems and while it is suspenseful and full of drama, there still are those heart-tugging moments that Sally is known for. This is definitely a must-read book, in my opinion, and one that I would highly recommend!

***Be sure to visit my earlier post for a chance to win a copy of this book! Link is here.

1 comment

  1. Great review. Please share it with everyone over at Books You Loved: March. Cheers from Carole's Chatter


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