Author: Sally Hepworth
352 pages, published March 6, 2018
Note: I received this book from NetGalley to facilitate my review. I received no other compensation, and all opinions are my own.
he 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.
I loved The Things We Keep and was excited to read The Family Next Door. Though I didn't love this one as much, it was still a solid read from Sally Hepworth. The writing was excellent, the switching between character perspectives was clear and easy to understand right from the beginning, and the story flowed well. It was easy to keep turning the pages and a hard one to put down. As a result, I finished it in just a few days!
That being said, it was a bit too over dramatic/baby/housewife drama for my taste. I liked how the author tied everything together and wrapped it up at the end but I was so annoyed with all the characters with being so petty and nosy throughout the book. That made it a little hard to connect to the characters for me. This may be less of an issues for other readers, but the storyline just wasn't for me. If the plot summary sounds like something you like to read, I definitely think you'll like this book, as it is well written and hard to put down!