Melissa Adelman

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Not even remotely my cup of tea, but it was basically ok, other than I hated all the characters and not much interested in the general plot. Which means, I suppose, that it was decently well-written and didn't come across as a derivative piece of tripe. While I gave it 4*, it should probably be a bit less, say 4*-.

Anyway, we have Alexis and Sam Crawford who are trying to make it in the Washington, D.C. area. They buy a fixer-upper house in a fancy area, for a mere million or so dollars. The neighbors across the street, Blair and Teddy Bard, seem to be the perfect couple, well turned out and with several perfect children. But, shortly after making the acquaintance of the Bards, Teddy is found murdered on the jogging trail along the river. The only nearby access point to the trail is at the end of the street on which everyone lives. So, was it one of the neighbors who killed Teddy?

Alexis and Blair strike up a friendship and spend a lot of time talking over various issues. It seems that some of the other neighbors in the enclave are a bit strange. There might be some other dangerous incidents going on in the neighborhood, people lurking around in the dark, and so forth.

The book switches back and forth between the viewpoints of Alexis and Blair, which I found to be an interesting construction. The book was reasonably well written and engaging. My only problem with the book is that I didn't find a single character in it who was appealing in general. Virtually everyone was an a-hole of one kind or another.

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lgpiper | 22 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 8, 2024 |
This was a solid thriller with an unexpected ending that I didn't see coming.
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amysan | 22 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 26, 2023 |
What the Neighbors Saw takes place in a neighborhood that may remind you of Desperate Housewives or Real Housewives of Anywhere. Alexis and Sam are ambitious with competitive careers. Sam is close to making partner and putting in impossible hours at a pretigious law firm. Alexis works for a smaller boutique firm as a consultant and is pregnant with their second child. They know where they live will influence decisions like making partner and buy a house just enough beyond their means to cause strife and tension as it turns out to have more urgent repair problems than expected.

They are both drawn to their neighbors down the street, Blair and Teddy. Teddy is a state legislator. Blair is an interior decorator with impeccable taste, not just in decor. They seem the perfect couple.

But then Teddy is murdered. The police do not identify any clear suspect. Of course, the neighbors are all both intrigued and frightened trying to think who it could be. Could it be their gardener, the nanny, could it be one of them. Alexis has a few encounters that make her suspicious and definitely show a scandalous side of the neighborhood.

What the Neighbors Saw is a fast read, a two-bite morsel. That’s a good thing because the characters are not that appealing. Blair is judgmental and hard-edged, a bit condescending and a lot snob, though she covers it well. Alexis is insecure about her Latina heritage and her lack of a father. She always puts her self down which gets annoying. We go back and forth between Blair and Alexis’s point-of-view and neither of them are particularly appealing people to spend time with.

However, I appreciate the mystery and its unexpected resolution. It’s unusual and I don’t mind how it all pans out. I can understand how Blair and Alexis got to where they are and would not be surprised if this is not the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

I received an e-galley of What the Neighbors Saw from the publisher through NetGalley.

What the Neighbors Saw at St. Martins Press | Macmillan
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Tonstant.Weader | 22 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 5, 2023 |
The two characters telling this story are both engaging right from the start! YES, I wondered IF I should have seen the ending coming but no....I really did miss the final results....with an "s." The writing is impressive, especilly from a first time author! She provides so much detail that you can see you in mind just what is happening, almost minute by minute. Sort of sad to see how much drinking is part of the story as well as how much help Alexis has....but it's just not enough. It's a quick read because you are reading the turning pages quickly to see WHAT will happen NEXT!

I did finally read some of the earlier reviews and I must admist....this IS quite a collection of characters who are that neighborhood!!!
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nyiper | 22 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Oct 3, 2023 |


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