The Family Next Door: A Novel (Mass Market)

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5 stars for this phenomenal novel that was fast paced and filled with twists and turns and an explosive plot twist towards the end that through my theory right out the window!

"Nothing is as easy as it seems" would be the closest phrase I can coin for this storyline.

A cast of heady " too perfect to be true" characters all trying to outdo one another on the "whose the best mom" on the cul- de-sac.  A unique twist of a story that was surprisingly awesome.

If you're a fan of twisty stories that involve issues of: trust, family, mental health issues & a big ole surprise, then you need to read this one for sure.

— Karen B - Katy Budget Books


A suburban drama about desperate mothers, secrets among neighbors, and the things women keep hidden.


From the outside, Essie’s life looks idyllic: a loving husband, a beautiful house, and a nearby mother who dotes on her granddaughter. But few of Essie’s friends know her secret shame: that in a moment of maternal despair, she once walked away from her newborn, who was asleep in her stroller in a park. Disaster was avoided and Essie got better. But she still is anxious about what could have happened, even as her daughter gets older and she has a second baby.

When a woman named Isabelle moves in next door to Essie, she is an immediate object of curiosity in the neighborhood. Why single, when everyone else is married with children? 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 voice their disapproval, it starts to become clear that Isabelle’s choice of address was no accident—and that her presence threatens to bring shocking secrets to light.

“Sally Hepworth writes compelling, compassionate novels with characters you come to know and love.” —Liane Moriarty

About the Author

SALLY HEPWORTH is the USA Today bestselling author of over five novels, including The Mother-In-Law, which has been optioned for a TV series by actress Amy Poehler's production company PaperKite. Sally's books have been labelled “enchanting” by The Herald Sun, “smart and engaging” by Publishers 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”. Sally's novels are published in more than 20 territories worldwide. Sally lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250217639
ISBN-10: 1250217636
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: October 29th, 2019
Pages: 352
Language: English