Publication March 6, 2018 By St. Martin’s Press

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 catches the attention of three Pleasant Court mothers.

But Ange, Fran and Essie have their own secrets to hide. As their obsession with their new neighbour grows, the secrets of these three women begin to spread – and they’ll soon find out that when you look at something too closely, you see things you never wanted to see.


Desperate Housewives meets Big Little Lies in this page turning domestic suspense drama! This is my first time reading Sally Hepworth but it definitely won’t be my last as I enjoyed every last page of this book. I have to say, I wonder if I enjoyed it so much because she tapped into the underlying thoughts I have as I take long nighttime walks in my neighborhood….what’s really going on inside all these houses? I can’t be the only one out there who waves at my neighbors, says hi here and there, gets together on each other’s patios in the summer but occasionally wonders how well I really know them.

Sally Hepworth has done a magnificent job of deconstructing the idiosyncrasies of suburban living and families, especially the lives of mothers with young children. Although my kids are older, I can remember those days so clearly and the way she weaved those details in with the secrets and drama of each family was perfection. The story revolves around the lives of four women – Essie, Ange, Fran, and Isabelle- and boy are they keeping secrets…big ones, little ones, and bombshells!

I had no idea what was happening and at one point I realized I needed to stop trying to figure it all out and just enjoy the drama. This book was so well paced that I felt like I flew through the pages, staying up late into the night to find out how it would all unfold. No spoilers here but I will say there were surprises galore!! Were a couple of them a little predictable, yes, but the others were superb…I love it when I can say I didn’t see that coming…or that. This would make a perfect book club book as well as a fantastic must read for your summer TBRs…if you can wait that long to read it that is:)

Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press via Netgalley for my copy

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24 thoughts on “REVIEW: THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR By Sally Hepworth

  1. Great review!! I just read this one last week and felt the same way. It was such a well done domestic thriller! Gave me some sinister vibes throughout and definitely kept me guessing.

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  2. The premise of this book reminds me so much of Sarah Pekkanen’s The Perfect Neighbors. It also featured four women with school age kids all living in the same neighborhood and holding secrets. I think this has more suspense to it, but the basic outline is so similar. Sounds like a really fun one!

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    1. I haven’t heard of The Perfect Neighbors but I will look that up asap! This was SO fun and her writing was really a breath of fresh air and I’m usually not all that interested in domestic suspense


  3. You made this sound really, really good. I love stories like this one. I too, wonder about my neighbors as I walk through the neighborhood. All of my neighbors live with their drapes and blinds wide open. I used to, but my dog barks at everyone passing by and we live at the beginning of a cul de sac so we see lots of foot traffic. So now, we are the mysterious ones. LOL. At Halloween my neighbors are like, oh, nice to “see” you. Hahaha. I am heading to the library site to see if I can snag a copy.

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  4. Lol, you and I were on the same wavelength for our review of this book today! I said it had the same vibe of Desperate Housewives and feel of Big Little Lies when I started my review. It definitely did! I loved this book. It was a surprise. I had postpartum depression,so I really felt for Essie. Excellent review, Renee!

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    1. Oh my we were totally on the same wavelength! I just read your review and well great minds think alike right😉🤣 Your like and sharing buttons weren’t loading but I agree with you that it was such an addictive read…awesome review to you as well!!

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      1. LOL! We really were, which is too funny! That is exactly it..great minds and all! That’s odd…I wonder what’s up with my blog, haha! I’ll have to go check out the page. I completely loved it! But thank you very much! 🙂


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