What the Neighbors Saw by Melissa Adelman

Published: July 20, 2023

Minotaur Books

Genre: Domestic Thriller

Pages: 291

KKECReads Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I received a copy of this book for free, and I leave my review voluntarily.

Melissa Adelman was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, a first-generation American with parents from Haiti and Chile. When she is not traveling the world for her job as an international development economist, her favorite place to be is at home, an old house full of surprises just outside D.C. Melissa lives with her husband, two energetic little boys, and long-suffering shih tzu. She holds a Ph.D. and B.A. in economics from Harvard University and has authored several policy papers and research volumes.

Sometimes the darkest acts occur in the most beautiful houses…

When Alexis and her husband Sam buy a neglected Cape Cod house in an exclusive DC suburb, they are ecstatic. Sam is on the cusp of making partner at his law firm, Alexis is pregnant with their second child, and their glamorous neighbors welcome the couple with open arms. Things are looking up, and Alexis believes she can finally leave her troubled past behind.

But the neighborhood’s picture-perfect image is shattered when their neighbor Teddy – a handsome, successful father of three – is found dead on the steep banks of the Potomac River. The community is shaken, and as the police struggle to identify and apprehend the killer, tension in the neighborhood mounts and long-buried secrets start to emerge.

In the midst of the turmoil, Alexis takes comfort in her budding friendship with Teddy’s beautiful and charismatic widow, Blair. But as the women grow closer, the neighborhood only becomes more divided. And when the unthinkable truth behind Teddy’s murder is finally uncovered, both Blair and Alexis must reexamine their friendship and decide how far they are willing to go to preserve the lives they have so carefully constructed.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it won’t last!”

Alexis and Sam move into an exclusive, high-end neighborhood, thinking it will be the perfect place to raise their family, to put down roots. The neighbors aren’t as perfect as appearances would seem, however. As secrets start being revealed, the truth begins to be exposed.

THE TWIST IN THIS BOOK. Holy moly. I enjoyed this story. I liked the alternating narrators and perspectives. The pacing was engaging, without being fast or slow. The build-up was dramatic but not over the top.

I liked Alexis. She has some skeletons in her closet, secrets she holds inside. But she wants what most of us want, to be accepted. I liked Blair, too. She was intelligent, kind, and seemed to be a good friend.

The way the characters all added to the plot was clever. The dynamic was intense, and the relationships were superficial. This is a perfect summer read- intense, twisted, and terrifyingly unique.

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