Why do we have snow in the middle of April?!
I was surprised to read the acknowledgements at the end of the book and see Greer Hendricks name. After some research, I figured out that Henricks and Sarah Pekkanen co-wrote The Wife Between Us which I had enjoyed reading earlier this year.
The Perfect Neighbors is less mystery focused and more about the drama in the a neighbourhood. Why does it feel like neighbourhood dramas are the new thing right now? Are we finally getting rid of the “girl” titled books? Fine by me, I am loving the “housewives” mysteries! I would also recommend The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth.
The Perfect Neighbors focuses on 4 women. Kellie is going back to work after many years of being a stay at home mother. She has to adjust to high heels as well as not having her family as the main focus point in her life. Susan is a successful businesswoman and mother. She seems to have it all together, but little does everyone know that she is just hanging on. Gigi‘s husband is running for Congress and her family is forced into the spotlight. Tessa has just moved into the neighbourhood and the reason why her family moved is a mystery that she doesn’t want to talk about.
I love a good drama and The Perfect Neighbours didn’t disappoint. I was quickly hooked on the storylines of all 4 women and was eager to learn their secrets. I loved how the author wrote the friendships between the women. There wasn’t any competition between the women and no competition between the children. There was just respect and compassion between the women and you can easily support their friendship.
There was hints of mystery throughout the novel, with the biggest mystery being, why did Tessa and her family move? I think it was done perfectly. The draw out wasn’t too long or too suspenseful and the reason why wasn’t a let down at the end and it was surprising!
4 calculators out of a potential 5. I would highly recommend this novel and I’m excited to read more by Sarah Pekkanen (recommendations are welcome!).