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  1 The Family Next Door: A Novel
Author: Hepworth, Sally
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Class: Fiction
Age: Adult
Language: English
Demand: Hot
LC: PR9619.4

Print Run: 75000
ISBN-13: 9781250120892
LCCN: 2017043686
Imprint: St. Martin's Press
Pub Date: 03/06/2018
Availability: Available
List: $26.99
Physical Description: x, 335 pages ; 25 cm H 9.61", W 6.43", D 1.21", 1.17 lbs.
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Brodart Sources: Brodart's TOP Adult Titles
Awards: Library Journal Starred Reviews
Starred Reviews: Library Journal
TIPS Subjects: Domestic Fiction
BISAC Subjects: FICTION / Women
FICTION / Family Life / General
LC Subjects: Domestic fiction
Neighbors, Fiction
Suspense fiction
SEARS Subjects: Domestic fiction
Women, Fiction
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Brodart's TOP Adult Titles | 11/01/2017
Publisher Annotation: Small, perfect towns often hold the deepest secrets. Such is the case for Essie and her family. Essie is a new mother, but few of her friends know that in a moment of maternal despair: she once walked away from her newborn, asleep in her carriage in a park. Disaster was avoided and Essie got better. But she still fears what lurks inside her, even as her daughter gets older and she has a second baby. When a new woman moves next door to Essie, she is an immediate object of curiosity in this neighborhood. Why single, when everyone else is married, with kids? Why renting, when everyone else owns? What mysterious job does she have? And why is she so fascinated with Essie? As the two women grow closer and Essie’s friends disapprove, it starts to become clear that Isabelle’s choice of neighborhood was no accident. And that her presence might bring even more secrets to light. 352pp., 75K
Starred Reviews:
Library Journal | 01/01/2018
Couples Fran and Nigel, Essie and Ben, and Ange and Lucas seem to have it all together. Happy marriages, thriving children, and as neighbors, they are the best of friends. But each family harbors its own secrets, which come to light when new neighbor Isabelle, who's single, shows up on the quiet cul-de-sac, bringing with her an air of mystery and intrigue. Isabelle takes a particular liking to Essie and the two quickly become best friends. Meanwhile, Fran is literally running herself into the ground, taking multiple runs daily. Ange is faced with a decision that no wife or mother wants to believe as her marriage to Lucas is put to the test. Hepworth (The Mother's Promise) pens a work full of searing secrets and riveting realizations. Readers will be sucked in from the first page, as this fast-paced and alternating point-of-view chapters make it hard to put down. With jaw-dropping discoveries, and realistic consequences, this novel is not to be missed. VERDICT Perfect for lovers of Desperate Housewives and Big Little Lies, with a dash of Single White Female, this novel will stick with readers for a long time. [See Prepub Alert, 10/9/17.]. Erin Holt, Williamson Cty. P.L., Franklin, TN. 352p. LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2018.
Journal Reviews
Booklist | 02/01/2018
Pleasant Court is a familiar neighborhood, full of families, watch meetings, chats at the mailbox. It's also full of secrets, and Pleasant Court's newest resident may reveal them all. Ange appears to have the perfect family, so who is the woman who knows her husband so well? Fran and her husband came back together after a rough period when she announced her pregnancy, so why won't she let him near the baby? Essie's closest friends and family know that she once left her newborn behind at a nearby park, but how can they be sure she won't fall apart again now that she has a second child? Enter Isabelle, the woman who doesn't quite fit into the neighborhood, who quickly becomes uncomfortably close to Essie, and who has a secret of her own. Hepworth (The Mother's Promise, 2017) deftly keeps the reader turning pages and looking for clues, all the while building multilayered characters and carefully doling out bits of their motivations. A must for Hepworth's growing fan base, and a good suggestion for readers of fellow Aussies Liane Moriarty and Jane Harper. Babiasz, Tracy. 352p. AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION, c2018.
Library Journal Prepub Alert | 10/09/2017
An Australian author who made her mark here with The Secrets of Midwives, Hepworth introduces us to small-town Essie, forever anxious because she once abandoned her sleeping baby in the park before getting a grip on herself and returning. She becomes friendly with the new neighbor next door, a single woman with a hard-to-define job who's regarded suspiciously by the townsfolk. Soon, Essie recognizes that Isabelle has moved there with a purpose. Look for a national tour. Barbara Hoffert. 352p. LJ Prepub Alert Online Review. LIBRARY JOURNAL, c2017.