Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Perfect Neighbors

The Perfect Neighbors
Sarah Pekkanen
Washington Square Press
Pages: 342
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About the Book: 
How well do you ever really know the family next door?

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 twenty 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.

My Thoughts:
Sarah Pekkanen never disappoints. I began this read knowing there was a secret, held by Tessa. I expected to discover her story as it unfolded within the pages but I did not expect the stories of her neighbors that unfolded as I read the pages of this book. The variety of topics touched upon is this novel is vast. I'm quite certain there is not a way that Sarah could have added another hot topic to the mix. The best thing about this was how well she weaves the stories together. Each new topic introduced through a character or supporting characters story left me in awe, wondering what was next in the lives of these neighbors.

The Perfect Neighbors is a great summer read.  Whether poolside, at the beach, at the park or in the cool comfort of your home, you'll find entertainment, mystery, a relatable character and an idyllic neighborhood where a group of women band together and have each others back throughout the good and bad patches that life brings.

If you've read Sarah's novels before you're sure to enjoy this novel!  If you've never read a novel by Sarah it's time to start!  Pick this one or any other but I promise once you read one, you'll read them all!