What the Neighbors Saw by Melissa Adelman
Published: July 20, 2023
Genre: Domestic Thriller
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.
“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.