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Publisher's Summary

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

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Continued waiting for the climax of the story

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Fan of the author- this one is good but not great

Would you listen to The Perfect Neighbors again? Why?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tessa -her story evolved in a way that was unpredictable

What about Madeleine Maby’s performance did you like?

I really prefer Cassandra Campbell as narrator- Maby's voices of the characters was not as distinct and I often got confused between characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Husbands and Wives and the things they do to and for each other

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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WORST NARRATOR ever!

Would you be willing to try another one of Madeleine Maby’s performances?

Never!

Any additional comments?

I came across this author after listening to her book with Greer Hendricks"The Wife Between Us" (which is one of THE BEST audible books I have listened to in a library of hundered! My new favourite!!) Unfortunately, I moved onto "The Perfect Neighbors" next and I'm going to have to purchase the Kindle edition because this is seriously the WORST NARRATOR I've ever heard. I RETURNED THE BOOK two chapters in....it has the dialogue pace of a grade one student sound.i....nnn....gggg...ou....t..the.....woooooorrrddsss. PAINFUL. I'm usually a very forgiving listener and have stuck with a lot of difficult narrations, but this was really disappointing and the first time I have ever suggested a book should be re-recorded to do it justice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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There is no Family if There no Secrets

Wonderfully written and narrated. Keep me on the tip of my toes until the very very end. Well done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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3 stars is geneerous...

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great story!

The narrator was not a great choice. The monotone nature made it difficult to get into.

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  • Stacy
  • Big Bear City, CA, United States
  • 02-28-18

Monotonous..

I gave it to chapter 14 and just don't get it. To meandering and disjointed for me. The over enunciation made me crazy too.

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Meh. Disappointed.

Lacks climax. Nothing exciting. Didn’t make me eager to know “what’s next”. No OMG points at all. Just exists without much to talk about.

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Narrator is awful. Returned the book 20 minutes in

Was so looking forward to enjoying another book by Sarah Pekkanen but the choice of narrator prevented that. Watching paint dry would be more entertaining. Get someone else to narrate it and I’ll buy it again.

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Good story; irritating narration

The story is overall good but I could not get past the robotic narration. It was also irritating that the narrator deepened and slowed her voice for men’s voices.