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Publisher's Summary

We live in a close-knit community. Thirty houses surrounding a square of garden that is perfect for our kids. We congregate here on major holidays, each family bringing a plate and sharing food and conversation. It’s in the garden that I first met her. The woman who would worm her way into my family and piece by piece tear it apart....

I should have known something was wrong from the very beginning. She seemed perfect in so many ways: She floated through the baby shower, a warm smile on her face, chatting to strangers with ease. At first, I thought it was sweet that she offered to help me, that she made an effort to get to know us, that she brought over games and knew Luna’s favorite foods.... I had no idea that I couldn’t trust another mother....

I should have known that someone would eventually discover the secret in my marriage. Why I never believe a word my husband says - and why he shouldn’t believe me. But how could a woman I only just met be the one to find it out?

If I’d known, I’d have called the police sooner.

And maybe I’d have prevented that dreadful scene. Every neighbor peering through their curtains as the sirens wailed in our street.

I could have protected my family.

I could have stopped what happened next....

©2021 Nicola Marsh (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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Cheap thrills. Mediocre.

The story was lengthy and very slow paced. Plots stretched a tad too long than necessary. Characters were common. Story wasn't very gripping or suspenseful. Half way through, most of the plot was predictable, othen than a few given surprise revelations. Mostly, it was the Desperate housewives (Series) minus all the murders, just the scandals and one nights.

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This was an amazing narrative.

People all around us have many layers, emotions, past and histories. What happens when you welcome someone next door, only to have the carpet pulled out from under your feet soon after.
How do you trust someone? How well do we know who lives next door?

A wonderful complex plot of human relations, lies and a complicated mesh of relations. Welcome to the neighborhood 😜"

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brilliant

loved it... very engaging. twists were there till the very end. very entertaining.. characters were portrayed very nicely

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  • Tawny
  • 26-08-21

Story is decent- narration is a fail

Be ready to pay attention... lots of characters & lots of time hops, and the narrators didn’t help me with differentiation. If you typically enjoy these performers, this may be a win. I don’t, but I took a chance on it. The story did grab me, but it grabbed me in a way that if I would have found a new release that looked better, I would have left it and MAYBE come back later.

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  • lisa
  • 24-11-21

loved it!

Great book about mom friends with a little mystery tossed in. Takes a couple if chapters to figure out everyone but after that it's easy to follow.

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  • Megan M.
  • 16-11-21

Read before you buy

This was not my type of book, but I am sure many will like it. If you are on the fence about reading it, here are some things to consider…

The first several chapters are very cryptic, as the 3 women worry about secrets they each have but won’t unveil until the later chapters

Then it’s a bit of a Merry-go-round. He cheated, she cheated, then some whose the daddy questions, she’s a good mother she’s a bad mother.. I lied, no you lied…add a Christian man with some questionable actions.. and there you go. Round and round.

There are clear winners at the end, but I think the reader can ultimately decide whose a victim and whose a villain.

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  • Lucy Ferreira
  • 22-09-21

Enjoyable!

I really loved this book. Didn't expect the ending to be what it was.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-09-21

All over the place

It was a jumbled mess!!! Not enjoyable to read at all. Save your money.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-08-21

Entertaining

While I mostly enjoyed the storyline, I think that it was a bit unrealistic. The author could have achieved the same level of enjoyment without all the plots, the sub-plots and the sub-sub-plots. But overall, worth the purchase.

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  • Karen
  • 19-09-21

Uggghhhh. I cant even finish this one .....

Arrgghhh - I hate it when a book gets good reviews but you just cant get into it. The main thing for me is the narrators. OMG so annoying. I dont know if it is because I am not American - but I just cant stand any of them - a very slow story is not helped by whingey whiney bad narration. I am about 3 hours in - I want to like it, and I kept persevering, but I just cant do it to myself. I am sure there will be good twists - but I am out - and I just never do this, but I hope others enjoy what I just couldnt .....

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  • Karen Bee
  • 20-09-21

Great except one thing….

…. The narrator for Celeste was like a female
Maxwell Smart from Get Smart… the most annoying voice that almost caused me to stop listening!!

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  • Rachel
  • 05-09-21

Great listen

I really enjoyed this book. Great narration too. Bit of a slow start but listened to the whole 2nd half in one go

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  • User367
  • 11-10-21

What's up with the narration?

How old are these characters? I can see that others managed to make it through and give the story a positive review despite disliking the narration..

But seriously what's the go? Sailor and Frankie sound like high school seniors, talking about high school drama.. Are their characters really this young? I can't take the story seriously with their voices, I really needed them to sound like adults.. Couldn't listen.

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  • maxime mauelshagen
  • 18-09-21

Good story but quite repetitive thoughts/monologs

The story is good but I felt (this is super subjective) the thoughts of the characters became quite repetitive and you could forsee the ending mid way through.

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  • Charmaine Doven
  • 18-11-21

Put off by the narrator's voice

I got to halfway through chapter 2 and couldn't listen to anymore of that voice. Whoever speaks for Frankie, her voice is easy to listen to but the next one grated so badly I guess I'll never find out what happens in this book. I just couldn't handle how the end of every sentence was so gravelly and breathy at the same time.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-09-21

Wowwww

Strap yourself in, that’s all I’m going to say! What a fabulous story that was.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-11-21

Ugh. Had to turn it off

Just couldn’t get into it, cliche story, repetitive, whiny characters. Narration was poorly done in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-11-21

Why

Everyone's cheating, everyone's a liar, none of them should have kids, they're all so whiny.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-11-21

Nope couldn’t get past Chapter 17

I tried. I really tried. I can read/listen to almost anything but two hours of exposition and still no story. And grown women talking to each other like they are 16 and in clueless???? Wait - the film Clueless was great. Anyway. All those characters and not one likeable. I’d have asked for my money back but it was free.