Family Next Door
by Hepworth, Sally

When Isabelle, a single woman, rents the house next door to Essie and the two forge a friendship, Essie's friends have questions about the woman who moved to the neighborhood for a secret purpose.

SALLY HEPWORTH is a human resource professional. A graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, Sally started writing novels after the birth of her first child. Sally has lived around the world, spending extended periods in Singapore, the UK, and Canada, and she now writes full-time from her home in Melbourne, where she lives with her husband and three young children.

Pleasant Court is a familiar neighborhood, full of families, watch meetings, chats at the mailbox. It's also full of secrets, and Pleasant Court's newest resident may reveal them all. Ange appears to have the perfect family, so who is the woman who knows her husband so well? Fran and her husband came back together after a rough period when she announced her pregnancy, so why won't she let him near the baby? Essie's closest friends and family know that she once left her newborn behind at a nearby park, but how can they be sure she won't fall apart again now that she has a second child? Enter Isabelle, the woman who doesn't quite fit into the neighborhood, who quickly becomes uncomfortably close to Essie, and who has a secret of her own. Hepworth (The Mother's Promise, 2017) deftly keeps the reader turning pages and looking for clues, all the while building multilayered characters and carefully doling out bits of their motivations. A must for Hepworth's growing fan base, and a good suggestion for readers of fellow Aussies Liane Moriarty and Jane Harper. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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