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The Family Next Door

An intriguing novel that will leave you wondering - how well do you know your neighbors.


SUMMARY Essie, had just had first baby and was experiencing postpartum depression. She was alway exhausted and had to keep Mia’s pram in constant motion so she wouldn’t cry. In an act of desperation, Essie left Mia at a park one day. Just left her there, so she could go have a cup of tea. While Mia was very soon rescued by Essie’s mom, the event was not soon forgotten. Essie’s nurturing mom moved in next door to keep an eye on Essie and help with Mia. Essie’s friends on the street Fran and Ange, never knew what had happened. Three years later, despite the postpartum risk, Essie was finally able to convince her husband Ben, a fitness studio owner, to have a second child. It was another baby girl, Polly. Everything seemed to be going fairly well, until a new neighbor moved in next door to Essie on Pleasant Court. Isabelle is single with no kids, and doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of the ponytailed moms on the street, but Essie really likes her, and is excited at the prospect of having a new friend. There is one thing that Isabelle, Essie and the other moms on the street all have in common, everyone has a secret.

REVIEW The Family Next Door is an immensely satisfying book full of high drama. The adept writing is a careful ascent into the lives of five families on Pleasant Court and their secrets. The story shows just how destructive secrets can be. It’s a street where everyone keeps to themselves, and where appearances can be deceiving. There is a lot going on on Pleasant Court and this book captures it all. It’s a bit much to take in, but it’s definitely worth the effort. This book will have your head spinning. SALLY HEPWORTH’s character development was masterful and the plot was intriguing. Recommended for anyone who likes to get wrapped up in intricate family dramas such as Big Little Lies. Sally Hepworth is a writer based in Melbourne, Australia who has written three other novels: The Mother’s Promise (2017), The Things We Keep (2016), and The Secrets of Midwives (2015). Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Book Published March 6, 2018.

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