Twelve years ago, librarian Betsy Treading was convicted of murdering her neighbor, the bohemian loner Linda Sue. After DNA testing finally exonerates Betsy, she returns to her suburban community determined to salvage her life and find the true killer. As she begins to pick apart the web of secrets, lies, and love affairs uncovered in the wake of her trial, Betsy suspects that her tight-lipped neighbors may know something that she has denied even to herself.
In Neighborhood Watch, Cammie McGovern captures the nail-biting electricity of the best literary thrillers and zeros in on the subterranean tension abuzz in a town whose dark secrets threaten to obliterate the glossy facade of a perfect life. It is also the story of a woman coming into her own, finding her strength, and taking control of her life. It asks, what sort of price would you pay for the sake of your reputation? Intricately woven, psychologically astute, and filled with complex and surprising characters, Neighborhood Watch marks a significant step in the career of this talented author.
©2010 Cammie McGovern (P)2010 Tantor
"TV's Desperate Housewives would feel right at home on creepy Juniper Lane." (Kirkus)
I really wanted to like this book because it was written by Cammie McGovern who wrote the moving and beautiful Eye Contact. A couple simple things prevented that though. I didn't really like our main character Betsy, I found her at times boring, depressing and frustrating. Even hearing anything from her point of you made me feel like I was in a helpless fog, like she always seemed to be. I can't say that I liked any of the characters. To me, the characters are the main part of any mystery. But the worst thing about Neighborhood Watch was simply that the plot just goes berserk at some point. One moment we are following our unlikable characters through the secrets of their interpersonal relationships on their myndane cul-de-sac and the next moment people are babbling on about secret corporations working on cold fusion. Huh? It really was a bad book.
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