The Family Next Door
By: Sally Hepworth
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: 3/6/2018
My Rating: 4 Stars A novel about desperate mothers, secrets among neighbors, and things women keep hidden in a suburban drama from the author of The Mother's Promise. Small, perfect towns often hold the deepest secrets. Such is the case for Essie and her family. Essie is a new mother, but few of her friends know that in a moment of maternal despair: she once walked away from her newborn, asleep in her carriage in a park. Disaster was avoided and Essie got better. But she still fears what lurks inside her, even as her daughter gets older and she has a second baby. When a new woman moves next door to Essie, she is an immediate object of curiosity in this neighborhood. Why single, when everyone else is married, with kids? Why renting, when everyone else owns? What mysterious job does she have? And why is she so fascinated with Essie? As the two women grow closer and Essie’s friends disapprove, it starts to become clear that Isabelle’s choice of neighborhood was no accident. And that her presence might bring even more secrets to light.
A special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an advanced reading copy. Review to follow.
America's next favorite Australian author...
“With jaw-dropping discoveries, and realistic consequences, this novel is not to be missed. Perfect for lovers of Big Little Lies.” ―Library Journal, starred review
“A work full of searing secrets and riveting revelations…Readers will be sucked in from the first page…This novel is not to be missed…It will stick with readers for a long time.” ―Library Journal (starred review)
“Big Little Lies fans, this one’s for you.” —Harper’s Bazaar
“A book Liane Moriarty fans will love.” —Marie Claire
"Hepworth deftly keeps the reader turning pages and looking for clues, all the while building multilayered characters and carefully doling out bits of their motivations." —Booklist
Sally Hepworth is the bestselling author of The Secrets of Midwives (2015), The Things We Keep (2016) and The Mother's Promise (2017). Sally's books have been labelled “enchanting” by The Herald Sun, “smart and engaging” by Publisher’s Weekly, and New York Times bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Emily Giffin have praised Sally’s novels as “women’s fiction at its finest” and “totally absorbing”.
The Secrets of Midwives was also the highest selling debut Australian fiction of the year in 2015.
Sally's novels are available worldwide in English and have been translated into over ten languages. Sally is currently working on her next novel. Sally lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children. Read More