The pause-resisting new novel from the internationally best-selling author known for her "conversational writing style and a knack for making readers care about her characters" (The Washington Post) takes us into the homes of an idyllic suburban neighborhood where we discover the burning secrets hiding just below the surface.
Bucolic Newport Cove, where spontaneous block parties occur on balmy nights and all of the streets are named for flowers, is proud of its distinction of being named one the top 20 safest neighborhoods in the US.
It's also one of the most secret-filled.
Kellie Scott has just returned to work after a decade of being a stay-at-home mom. She's adjusting to high heels, scrambling to cook dinner for her family after a day at the office - and soaking in the dangerous attention of a very handsome, very married male colleague.
Kellie's neighbor, Susan Barrett, begins every day with fresh resolutions: She won't eat any carbs, she'll go to bed at a reasonable hour, and she'll stop stalking her ex-husband and his new girlfriend.
Gigi Kennedy seems to have it all together - except her teenage daughter has turned into a hostile stranger, and her husband is running for Congress, which means her old skeletons are in danger of being brought into the light.
Then a new family moves to this quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac. Tessa Campbell seems friendly enough to the other mothers, if a bit reserved. Then the neighbors notice that no one is ever invited to Tessa's house. And soon it becomes clear that Tessa is hiding the biggest secret of all.
©2016 Sarah Pekkanen (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
While reading The Perfect Neighbors, by Sarah Pekkanen, I continued to feel as if we remained in those first chapters of a book where the author is establishing the characters and setting- that surely something more than descriptive information would start to flow soon. But every storyline seemed to transition on to a weak climax or no climax at all. When I began a listening session before going to sleep one light, someone was was driving around in a vet and all of a sudden the narrators voice stopped and I was thanked for listening to the audiobook!!! I actually checked the counter on the app because o was so surprised the book was over!!! None of the storylines had been brought to a close- not enough for me anyhow.
And the narrator- Madeleine Maby? I just don't know. I'm pretty sure her voice just gets on my nerves . . . I even looked her up in the Web thinking maybe seeing her face would help me to put things together better. Nope. Ms Maby just didn't work for me. Sorry.
I would not recommend this book to friends. I can't figure out what is supposed to be the main idea.that neighbors are all different and they are all hiding things? That's typical for all neighborhoods everywhere.
No It was enjoyable but not my favorite from this author If you are a fan of this author you will like but if you haven't read this author before pick a different title of hers.
Tessa -her story evolved in a way that was unpredictable
I really prefer Cassandra Campbell as narrator- Maby's voices of the characters was not as distinct and I often got confused between characters.
Husbands and Wives and the things they do to and for each other
I almost returned this book based on narration alone. Sometimes it's fine ( so I know she's capable) and other times it's as if she is speaking in slow motion and trying to make each syllable a seperate word for no reason. The storyline itself is just ok ,and the book feels like it ended abruptly ,with no real endings. I didn't hate it (except for the narration at times) but I also didn't really like it, and can't honestly recommend it.
An easy listening story with characters who all have a story, different but the same. This book is a nice way to escape or refresh for a while.
I loved the characters. They were me, they were people I know. Good story about every day struggles. The narrator was a bit annoying at first but she found her way with the characters after a while.
Let me start by saying that I am a fan of this author and have enjoyed many of her books. But I found this story lacking. I thought that so much of the storyline was unrealistic and it just lacked any depth whatsoever. To make matters worse, the narration was awful. Every. Word. Needed. To. Be. Enunciated. I was very frustrated and annoyed. I will steer clear of this narrator in the future.
I have listened to hundreds of audio books and I have never had such a hard time getting through a book as this one. The story line in good, but the narrator was awful. I feel bad even saying this, as I am the type of person that usually just lets things go, but I don't think I will ever take the time to listen to this same narrator again. It honestly was hard and I really wanted to finish the book since it was getting really good.
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