AUTHOR: SALLY HEPWORTH • CATEGORY: CONTEMPORARY FICTION • PAGES: 330
NOTE- I given a review copy of The Family Next Door from the brilliant people at Pan Macmillan Australia in exchange for my honest review. If you wish to see my review policy you can find it here.
Do you ever really know your neighbours?
The safest suburbs often hold the deepest secrets. Such is the case for Essie, a mother of two. In a moment of maternal despair she once made a terrible mistake, one she will always regret. Essie has since recovered, but she fears what may still lurk inside her.
Her neighbours in Pleasant Court have their own issues. Driven and organised, Ange appears to have everything under control, except perhaps her husband. Practical, intellectual Fran can’t stop running. For exercise, or something else?
One day in February, during an unprecedented Melbourne heatwave, someone new arrives. Isabelle is single and childless, when everyone else is married with kids. She is renting, when everyone else owns. Her job is mysteriously vague. Strangest of all, Isabelle is very curious about her neighbours. Too curious, some might say.
It soon becomes clear that Isabelle’s choice of neighbourhood was no accident. And her presence might bring even more secrets to light…
We learn pretty early on that Isabella has chosen to move Pleasant Court because she is looking for a baby that has been stolen. I thought I figured out multiple times who the baby belonged to but I was 100% incorrect. Yes family and friends I am actually saying that I was wrong. Miracle.
This book certainly kept me on my toes and I smashed it out in a day because I just had to know who the missing child belonged to. This being the central plot takes your main focus as a reader and you will find yourself looking for clues in all of the story lines trying to solve the mystery. These storylines really were brilliantly architected by the author to enhance the suspense of the mystery and to add another layer of interest.
The characters aren’t particularly memorable but I feel that this is simply because the book is so plot-centric. This can’t be seen as a flaw, it is just that type of book. Overall I found it a captivating and thrilling read that certainly keep me guessing.
Overall Rating:￼￼￼￼ ￼￼☕☕☕☕ 4/5 teacups
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