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The Neighbor's Secret

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The Neighbor's Secret is an outstanding domestic thriller filled with plenty of twists to keep readers on the edge of their seats. The story is told from multiple perspectives and leaves one wondering: how well do you really know the very people living next to you? A tragedy happened to Lena's family fifteen years ago and everyone in the neighborhood wants to believe it could never happen to them. Jen is the newest resident and she just wants to make friends but her trouble-maker son always seems to get in the way. And Annie has a secret she's been keeping for fifteen years. When a late-night vandal begins targeting the book club members, the ladies must face how far they are willing to go to keep their secrets. Like I said, how well do you really know your neighbors? This is a perfect book for fans of Big Little Lies. There are plenty of secrets, lies, and twists to keep readers hooked.
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The Neighbor's Secret is a classic domestic thriller. Its told from multiple perspectives and their various subplots which center around a book club with themed drinks and gossip. This novel kept me guessing, and I was surprised in the end. Very good read!
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DNF - Did not finish. I did not connect with the writing style or plot and will not be finishing this title. Thank you, NetGalley and Publisher for the early copy!
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This turned out to be more of a mystery/thriller than I was expecting, and better yet, as the neighborhood secrets were unraveled, I didn't see them coming.  There are memorable characters here, many of them intriguing, and an unidentified narrator who is not revealed late into the story, creating lots of mystery.  This is a fun and fast read.  Thanks NetGalley and publishers for providing a digital ARC for review.
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Overall, I enjoyed this neighborhood suspense read. Not my favorite, but I liked it. I agree that it is perfect for for Liane Moriarty fans with fun bookclub characters. A more in-depth review will  be published on Goodreads.
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This book was like a bunch of girls sitting around gossiping at bookclub. I loved all the secrets and the twist and turns. This would be great for vacation reading! Will read more by this author in future
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When I saw this book's plot, it was on like Donkey Kong. I am such a sucker for these types of domestic suspense/thriller books and I was very excited to dip my toe into this one as Heller was a new author for me. Now, I can happily say, she'll be on my auto buy author list going forward.

The Neighbor's Secret was compared to Big Little Lies, but I never read that book, so I was able to go in with fresh eyes. Each chapter kept me wanting more and while some of the red herrings I saw coming, it wasn't enough to deter me from finishing the book. Or enjoying the weaving of characters to the final reveal, which was great in all the right ways.
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THE NEIGHBOR'S SECRET by L. Alison Heller is a great psychological thriller, recommended for fans of Liane Moriarty's BIG LITTLE LIES and other domestic thrillers. I enjoyed the premise, the cast of characters, and the twisty plot. This didn't live up to the likes of BIG LITTLE LIES and Moriarty's other novels for me, but it was an enjoyable read! Heller writes complex characters and I found the story thoroughly entertaining.

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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This was an interesting mystery that made me think. It did remind me of Bog Little Lies, so that may be influencing my perception of the book. I'm here for the suburban drama, and this would make a fun book club read.
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The Neighbor's Secret was a middle of the road read for me. The type of book I wanted to finish out of curiosity, but not one I was going to rave about to all my friends. The ending was a little predictable.
Overall it felt a little soap opera-esque to me. 
There are a lot of characters, maybe too many to keep track of, and only few of them stood out. Personally I wasn't a fan of how the author portrayed one character specifically, who was struggling with a mental disorder. 
In general, if soapy neighborhood mysteries are your thing, give it a try, but if that's not your typical genre, you're not missing out on much.
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Thank you #netgalley for my gifted copy of The Neighbor's Secret by L. Alison Heller.

This book is a story about a group of suburban women who are neighbors and are also in a book club together. 
The book automatically grabbed my attention from the start, discussing a murder at a party. Soon after the book continues you get to know 3 main characters, Annie, Lena and Jen. Annie has a daughter named Laurel who is starting to rebel and be distant from her mom. The relationship continues to struggle as Annie has high expectations for her daughter and she's constantly worrying, trying to control her and is a helicopter parent. Annie befriends her older neighbor Lena who is widowed. Lena has her own history, having lived through her unhappy marriage and a daughter that has moved away after a tragic event with her father. Lastly, there is Jen. She has a son who is on the spectrum and was diagnosed as a sociopath. She's in a constant state of worry. Should she trust her son? Is he causing damage around the neighborhood? How well does she really know her son and should she trust her instincts? The story weaves through each relationship and lays out the events that tie their lives together. It leads up the party mentioned at the start of the story and unfolds the details for what really happened that night. The author does a wonderful job dropping clues throughout the book as to how each relationship is intertwined and made it fun to speculate what I thought would happen. Overall a entertaining read!
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Thank you to NetGalley for the ability to read The Neighbor's Secret! When I read that this book was compared to Big Little Lies, I knew I had to read it. Unfortunately, the book didn't live up to that description for me (that might have been a bad thing for me to have in mind while reading because Big Little Lies is one of my top 10 books in the last 10 years!). Ideally, I'd give this 3.5 stars but since the ratings only allow for whole numbers, I've given it 3 stars. While the book was fine overall, it lacked the serious suspense I was expecting.
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I love a good thriller and this one hit the mark! The spooky cover is pretty great too! Thanks for the opportunity to enjoy it!
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After reading this, I went out and bought a copy just so I could read it again and again. I was enthralled from page one and couldn't put it down. This was an up all night joyride
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This book was definitely a slow-burn but it did keep you engaged! The writing style was very lyrical and thought-out, the way the author presented things was very dynamic. I loved the little side story-lines as well, kept it interesting.
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this eARC in exchange for an honest review.

REVIEW: I found this to be a confusing read. There are a few things going wrong here. First we have confusing time jumps. Second, there is an attempt to have an omnicent neighbor/ narrator (think The Mothers) occasionally commenting on the happenings, but it is not introduced well or consistently done throughout the book. Also, the characters are flat, they're so forgettable and all the same, that I kept forgetting who was who. But in the end, does that matter? They are all the same.

Now, let's talk about editing. Keep in mind I was reading an ARC, so there may be things that were fixed by the final printing; however, this is my review and I shall gripe if I want to! Perspective changes should either happen at the top of each chapter or at a page break, not randomly between chapters. There were times I had to reread pages because the author kept jumping from one perspective to another without so much as a page break. Second, lines were not attributed to the character who spoke them. When there are more than 3 people present, we need to know who is talking. And finally, this was just so needlessly confusing. I get that the author wants to try to lead us in one direction so we don't see the (very obvious) twist coming, but alas.

I can save you a few hours reading and share this lesson: people aren't always who they seem; don't judge the cover.

2/5 Stars
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This book was a slow burn about one neighborhood -gossip, lies, affairs, murder, friendships, parenting… The best part of the book is the Cottonwood book club that has themed drinks and snacks and talk about the book and a little gossip. The book was a good quick read and makes you think what is going on behind closed doors in your neighborhood.

Thank you Flatiron books for my gifted copy via NetGalley.
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I flew this excellent psychological thriller about a neighborhood book club and all its members sordid secrets. There have been a rash of suspenses set in neighborhoods lately but this was unique from its book club angle and it also was incredibly humorous at times. Fans of Shari Lapena and Heather Gudenkauf will enjoy this. 

Many thanks to Netgalley, Flatiron Books and L. Alison Heller for my complimentary e-copy ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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3.5 stars really. This book was good but not great. There was so many story angles and not a lot of substance behind them. Lena’s story fell flat for me especially the big twist. I almost missed it because it just felt buried.
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This was a really great book! The thing I loved the most about it was the excellent story build and the added suspense. The characters were quality and intriguing and the writing style was suspenseful. If you like a good suspense novel, I highly recommend!
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