The Family Next Door

Written by Sally Hepworth


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How much do we really know our neighbours?

The small suburb of Pleasant Court lives up to its name. It’s the kind of place where everyone knows their neighbours, and children play in the street.

Isabelle Heatherington doesn’t fit into this picture of family paradise. Husbandless and childless, she soon captures the attention of three Pleasant Court mothers.

But Ange, Fran and Essie have their own secrets to hide. Like the reason behind Ange’s compulsion to control every aspect of her life. Or why Fran won’t let her sweet, gentle husband near her new baby. Or why, three years ago, Essie took her daughter to the park and returned home without her.

As their obsession with their new neighbour grows, the secrets of these three women begin to spread – and they’re about to find out that when you look at something too closely, you’ll see things you never wanted to see.




Clever, Sleek Writing .. Superb!  225

The Family Next Door is such an innocuous title, but behind the cover of this book there are secrets and lies – some of them so well hidden that you would never guess!

Pleasant Court is a very desirable cul-de-sac in Melbourne, ideally located near the beach and where the house prices have soared in recent years. Perfect for families, and populated solely by them. Until, that is, a single woman rents one of the family homes and piques the interest of the neighbours. Whilst they know nothing about her, Isabelle seems to know all about them and their family members, right down to the latest newborn.

This isn’t a novel to get complacent about; just when you think it’s a nice, gentle read about ordinary people BAM! Suddenly veneers crack and truth begins to shine through and it makes for constant, compulsive reading! Wow – who’d have thought, eh?

I relished everything about this book. The writing is clever, sleek and reeled me in .. hook, line and sinker. There is more than one revelation along the way and each and every one took me by surprise. After reading this, neighbours – and even your nearest and dearest – will all prompt more than a twinge of suspicion as they wave or call out ‘good morning’.

My thanks to Hodder & Stoughton for approving my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: families, neighbours, secrets


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1796 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Publication Date: 22 March 2018
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Sally Hepworth is the bestselling author of three previous novels, and 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 two young children.



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