#BookReview: The Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen

Reviewer: Samantha

I received a review copy

the perfect neighborsSummary:

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.


Sarah Pekkanen is high on my list of must-read authors. I haven’t missed a book from her yet, and her writing is truly outstanding. This synopsis of The Perfect Neighbors sucked me right in. Totally up my alley, and with the little glimpses we would get of the neighbors of Newport Cove, plus the totally nail-biting flashbacks – had me hooked on this story. This was one that I didn’t want to put down, yet I tried to read slowly because I didn’t want the story to end. Entertaining, intriguing, a bit spicy and with a breath of suspense, this is a must-read for summer!

5 stars

New Book Releases: July 2016

Contributor: Allie

the perfect neighborsThe Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen – July 5, 2016. The residents of Newport Cove take great pride in the fact that their town is a safe and beautiful place to live. But behind all the bucolic landscape, many families have secrets – lots of them. Kelly is going back to work after being home with her children for ten years. The transition is rough, until a very handsome (and married) male colleague makes it easier for her. Gigi’s dealing with a rebellious teenage daughter, which may be a problem for her husband, whose running for Congress. Susan is still trying to get over her divorce (and FB stalking her ex). Still, these ladies’ problems seem minor compared to the new neighbor, Tessa, who never – ever – invites anyone into her home!

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truly madly guiltyTruly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty – July 26th, 2016. Moriarty is back and her latest novel focuses on the lives of three families and the aftershocks of a barbeque they all attend, but wish they hadn’t. Forgive me, but I’m borrowing the book’s blurb for this one – because it’s perfect. In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don’t say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm. I can’t wait to read this one!