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"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." (Library Journal)

The Family Next Door is an audiobook about desperate mothers, secrets among neighbors, and things women keep hidden in a suburban drama from the author of The Mother's Promise. 

Small, perfect towns often hold the deepest secrets. 

From the outside, Essie’s life looks idyllic: a loving husband, a beautiful house in a good neighborhood, and a nearby mother who dotes on her grandchildren. But few of Essie’s friends know her secret shame: 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 named Isabelle moves in next door to Essie, she is an immediate object of curiosity in the neighborhood. Why single, when everyone else is married with children? 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 voice their disapproval, it starts to become clear that Isabelle’s choice of neighborhood was no accident. And that her presence threatens to bring shocking secrets to light.

The Family Next Door is Sally Hepworth at her very best: at once a deeply moving portrait of family drama and a compelling suburban mystery that will keep listeners hooked until the very last word.

©2018 Sally Hepworth (P)2018 Macmillan Audio

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Another great one!

I love all of Sally Hepworth’s books. This one was especially good. I was pleased that the narrator was Australian. Loved it!

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One of my favorite audible books

The narrator was amazing. The book did not turn out the way I suspected. It's a great book. Better than any I've "read" in over a year. Get it!

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Not "really" worth a credit.

Mundane, sad characters,- but very well narrated. The story was a neighborhood soap opera.

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Very Mediocre

This was quite a disappointing book. A fairly mundane account of relationship troubles, postpartum depression, adultery and long-lost siblings. I was looking forward to reading this book based on its high ratings however, I found it to be doll and quite uninteresting. The narration however was excellent!

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Do not pass this one up!!!!

There are no words!!!! Absolutely the best book I’ve ever read. Every character is amazing. I’m going to miss them all. Ugh. Best book ever!!!!!!

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great!

we just bought a vacation house and listened to this book driving and also working on the new place. my husband was so into it that I could not listen to it during the work week while he was not gone. narrator was OK,not annoying. I enjoyed the difference in each character. very easy to listen to and follow.

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Love this book

Sometimes I forget there are authors who can still write without murder and gore .i enjoyed all the well developed characters. Narration was great.

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