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The Family Next Door

Narrated by: Wendy Bos
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
4 out of 5 stars (42 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Do you ever really know your neighbours? 

The safest suburbs often hold the deepest secrets. Such is the case for Essie, a mother of two. In a moment of maternal despair she once made a terrible mistake, one she will always regret. Essie has since recovered, but she fears what may still lurk inside her.

Her neighbours in Pleasant Court have their own issues. Driven and organised, Ange appears to have everything under control, except perhaps her husband. Practical, intellectual Fran can't stop running. For exercise, or something else?

One day in February, during an unprecedented Melbourne heat wave, someone new arrives. Isabelle is single and childless when everyone else is married with kids. She is renting when everyone else owns. Her job is mysteriously vague. Strangest of all, Isabelle is very curious about her neighbours. Too curious, some might say.

It soon becomes clear that Isabelle's choice of neighbourhood was no accident. And her presence might bring even more secrets to light....

From the best-selling author of The Secrets of Midwives.

©2018 Sally Hepworth (P)2018 Pan Macmillan AU

Critic Reviews

"This is women's fiction at its finest." (Liane Moriarty)

"A book Liane Moriarty fans will love." (Marie Claire)

"Big Little Lies fans, this one's for you." (Harper's Bazaar)

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Great book, but...

I really enjoyed this book, such a well constructed story and never boring. My only complaints are the use (in my version) of Americanisms such as flip flops and bangs, why not stick with thongs and fringe, its an Australian novel performed by a woman with an Australian accent, would seem to make sense to use Australian terminology. When i read an American novel it doesn't bother me at all reading it In the american language, its part of the whole experience, its usually set in the states so it makes perfect sense and adds to the feel if all expressions are ones used by the American population...Im unsure why the author wouldn't want to remain more true to the story and the setting by using the Australian terminology even if the version is meant for the American public, i'm sure they'd get the drift, perhaps even get a better feel of being in Australia. The other one and almost a more serious crime is the use of the word illegitimate, i'm utterly surprised by its use. It's an archaic word not used in reference to children being born out of wedlock or the product of infidelity in our society any more and not for a long while, thankfully. I'm still so surprised and disappointed even as I write this review. What was the author thinking. Did she think her American readers would benefit from the use of that word in some way, I think it makes Australians come across as small minded prudes which actually went against how I felt about who the characters were. Other than that, really well written and (almost) thoroughly enjoyed.

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If you love Liane Moriarty you will love this<br />

A really enjoyable listen, plenty of twists and turns to keep you interested. My first Sally Hepworth book but definitely not my last.

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very enjoyable read

Great, easy read. Pleasant narration, interesting characters and story development. Can't fault this book for some light reading.

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Thank you Home and Away

Funnily enough, I found this book because a character one Home and Away was reading it and I usually find the best books by accident and this was no exception! This was a great book and so easy to listen to! I thought I had the plot twists all worked out but was definitely surprised. Loved it!!

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Underwhelming.

I kept waiting for the promised plot twists but they never came. Only finished listening as I was on a long drive. Very suburban and boring.