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Publisher's Summary

From a phenomenal new voice in suspense fiction comes a book that will forever change the way you look at the people closest to you...

Shadow Cove, Washington, is the kind of town everyone dreams about - quaint streets, lush forests, good neighbors. That's what Sarah thinks as she settles into life with her new husband, Dr. Johnny McDonald. But all too soon she discovers an undercurrent of deception. And one October evening when Johnny is away, sudden tragedy destroys Sarah's happiness.

Dazed and stricken with grief, she and Johnny begin to rebuild their shattered lives. As she picks up the pieces of her broken home, Sarah discovers a shocking secret that forces her to doubt everything she thought was true - about her neighbors, her friends, and even her marriage. With each stunning revelation, Sarah must ask herself, Can we ever really know the ones we love?

©2015 Anjali Banerjee. (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Okay...But not even close to Gone Girl

The Good Neighbor was a quick read. Fairly predictable, except for the stupid ending. No real exciting twists. And the prose was flat. Narration was decent, but there wasn't enough definition between characters and I got confused about who was speaking at times. The story was good enough to hold my attention, but it was nowhere near Gone Girl or The Girl On The Train. Those books were skillfully written and expertly paced. The prose, haunting and gut-wrenching and mesmerizing. The plots, mind-blowing. You believed even in their unlikeliness. But The Good Neighbor was a good try. Just don't compare it to greatness.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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fun but silly

This is one of those super easy to read, whodunit. Entertaining enough for a car ride, but it certainly does not offer anything new or particularly exciting.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Meh

Narrator did voices. Ugh. I almost couldn't listen because of her. Read like a romance novel with descriptions of men.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Easy audio book

Good story, short story, easy listening to. I would recommend this book for a nice car ride.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Unexpected!

Very enticing and have to read all the way through. There twists and turns throughout!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not really what I expected

I was hoping for more suspense. It really wasn't predictable but I was hoping for more of a gasping moment. It took too long to get to the climax.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good read but predictable...

I liked this book, it was easy to read and follow along with. When I'm going through a stressful or busy time in my life I like simplicity in the books I read. This one was simple, a simple plot, simple characters, simple to picture the scenes in my head and simple to set down a pick back up later.
If you're looking for a head scratcher or thrilling book, this one isn't for you. The best comparison I can make is this is like a Lifetime movie. Plenty of people watch and enjoy them but they're almost always predictable.
I rated 3 stars because I did really like the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great mystery / thriller

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have already recommended this book to friends as it is a great listen with many plot twists.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Good Neighbor?

Without spoiling the story I would have to say that when I found out who the villian was the most memorable moment.

Have you listened to any of Rebecca Roberts’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to several books performed by Rebecca Roberts and this was as great as the others. She is by far my favorite!

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

Do you really know your neighbors?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A page turner

This book grabbed me from the start and did not slow down. I will look for others by this author.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Excellent!

This was such a twisty, turn-ey, tale of deceit! I literally could not stop listening to it, from start to finish! Roberts did a phenomenal job reading this. The ending had me in tears, and I don't cry lightly. It just surprised me so much that I had a 'book hangover' for DAYS after reading this! I actually finished listening to it last week, and I just couldn't wrap my head around it enough to be able to write a review with any meaning. I'm still spouting a bunch of gobbledy-gook, so I'll just say this: Great book; READ it!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr. T. Ffoulkes
  • 04-27-16

Dreadful

I lasted ten minutes. Absolutely dreadfully narrated, trash. Cannot believe I bought this, even though it was the daily deal. Could not even bring myself to continue listening to see if it improved.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Skellyfree
  • 02-15-16

Exercise caution on your initial judgements...

Great plot twists and turns with a realistic, hopeful ending. Multi-dimensional characters. A must read

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Alice Field
  • 01-22-16

Why did I buy this!?

What would have made The Good Neighbor better?

Remove all the cliches and start again!

Would you ever listen to anything by AJ Banner again?

No.

What didn’t you like about Rebecca Roberts’s performance?

Sounding whiny and gossipy seemed to be the natural state.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Must have done; as I continued to the end. But I felt like a dreadful vulture, listening to other people's upper middle class soap-opera style calamities.

Any additional comments?

Next time, I'll read the other reviews before buying, rather than just the publisher's blurb.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • kelly gallimore
  • 10-07-18

A good psychological thriller!

A good thriller with twists and turns. I would like to see if there is a follow up to this story.

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  • Joeline
  • 08-26-17

Painful

Simplistic story with an annoying whiny narration . Then again. Maybe that's how it was supposed to come across?..

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  • Michelle
  • 12-30-15

ok

narrators never use the right tone in my opinion, it is very convenient to use though