• The Neighbor's Secret

  • A Novel
  • By: L. Alison Heller
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (161 ratings)

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By: L. Alison Heller
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
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Publisher's Summary

L. Alison Heller, whose work has been praised by Liane Moriarty as "warm, witty...refreshingly true to life”, explores the ultimate sacrifices of parenting in The Neighbor’s Secret, a propulsive and juicy novel filled with gripping twists and instantly recognizable characters.

How well do you really know your neighbors?

With its sprawling yards and excellent schools, Cottonwood Estates is the perfect place to raise children. The Cottonwood Book Club serves as the subdivision’s eyes and ears, meeting once a month for discussion, gossip, and cocktails. If their selections trend toward twisty thrillers and salacious murder mysteries, it’s only because the members feel secure that such evil has no place in their own cul-de-sacs.

Or does it?

What happened to Lena’s family 15 years ago was a tragic accident, and she will never admit otherwise. Devoted wife and mother Annie refuses to acknowledge - even to herself - the weight of a past shame. And new resident Jen wants friends but, as always, worries about her troubled son getting in the way.

When late-night acts of vandalism target the women of the book club in increasingly violent and personal ways, they will be forced to decide how far to go to keep their secrets. At least they all agree on what’s most important: protecting their children at any cost - even if it means someone has to die....

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

The Neighbor’s Secret is the rare thriller that actually leaves you feeling better about humanity. Buoyant and big-hearted, I had zero self-control when it came to inhaling chapters to uncover each delicious new secret. This will be an easy book to recommend to everyone I know - an absolute crowd pleaser!” (Chandler Baker, New York Times best-selling author of The Husbands)

“Addictive, suspenseful, and masterfully written, The Neighbor’s Secret kept me glued to the page. This searing portrait of the suburbs, where the perfect surface conceals deadly secrets, will delight fans of Big Little Lies.” (Michele Campbell, internationally best-selling author of The Wife Who Knew Too Much)

©2021 L. Alison Heller (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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Good read

However I suggest taking notes. Easy to get all the characters mixed up and was difficult to follow

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Rewind

I listened via audible. Although the idea behind the book was great, the book didn’t catch my attention. Often I found myself realizing that I was completely off in no man’s land and needed to rewind to my last spot.

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sucked

I thought this was a very very strange book. I won't be listening to this author anymore

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Sooo boring and pointless

The only redeeming quality was that this book was free. It droned on and on with occasionally humorous parts but just seemed to never get to a point. The narration was ok but didn't distinguish between voices well enough to follow who was talking.

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  • 08-18-22

Hard to follow

This book was very hard to follow and the story line felt confusing to me.

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Gave me creeps.

Was a book club selection or I would never have finished it. Reminds me too much of neighborhood where I spent some of my teenaged years and sociopaths I unfortunately have come in contact with in my life,

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Best Mystery Read in a long time.

The gossiping in the beginning was a bit of a turn off, but when the story came together after the first few chapters this turned out to be one of the best mysteries I've read in a long time. Brilliant author!! The narration was really good too and helped distinguish all the different characters. Make sure to really learn all the characters in the beginning since there are so many of them.

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Narrator ruins the book

The narrator distracts you from the plot and I had to the listen to the book twice to appreciate it at all. Overall, the plot locks depth and the narrator and is just awful.

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This book was so highly recommended in the press but it was literally so-so. A lot of women at book club gossiping with a few minor twists very late in the book. I don’t quit books when I’m bored but I sure thought about it a few times!

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Keeps You Guessing

Really great! Keeps me guessing with so many twists and turns! A very satisfying book.

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  • Chelsea Ward
  • 11-01-21

Good story but found it incredibly hard to follow

The actual story and the twist were very good but I found the writing clunky and at times very hard to follow. I listen to about 2 audio books a month and I’ve never had this problem before but I found this book incredibly hard to follow. I actually stopped to see if I had somehow missed a chapter somewhere on more than one occasion. The book and timeline seemed to jump all over the place (even after finishing the book I’m not entirely sure of the actual timeline of events) and it was hard to keep up with all the different characters. Maybe if I had read it and could clearly see when a new section of the book was starting it would have been easier to identify what was going on and when. I got very confused between characters and was constantly having to remind myself which character had what child etc etc.

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  • ANGELA GOODWIN
  • 03-29-22

Gossipy, bland

Ok if you’re dead bored fan of Housewives Of some city in suburban America. I slept through it mostly ..