The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth (Women’s Fiction/Psychological Thriller)
This book involves five women who live in the upscale neighborhood known as Pleasant Court, where families mingle but also cherish and protect their privacy. Three women – Ange, Fran, and Essie – are married with young children. The new neighbor, Isabelle, is single and childless. Barbara is Essie’s single mom and grandmother to Essie’s little girls. All five women have their secrets and their frustrations, and we get to know them well as they take turns telling this story from their individual points of view.
Sally Hepworth (The Mother’s Promise) brings all of it together in an ending I didn’t see coming. Throughout the story, we’re aware of each woman’s struggles with motherhood, marriage, and men who disappoint in one way or another. We know about their psychological breakdowns, their mistakes, and what wears them out by the end of the day. We watch them grapple with personal demons that require difficult decisions. And running throughout is the question, who is the anonymous, mentally disturbed narrator who has taken someone else’s baby from the hospital?
All in all, it’s an interesting look at the face we put on for others and leaves you wondering what you don’t know about that nice family down the block.
Grandma gives The Family Next Door four stars.
Bella Reads and Reviews received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Family Next Door will be released on March 6, 2018 and is available for pre-order.