Neighborly

Neighborly

A not-to-be-missed novel of suspense about the secrets hidden in a young couple’s new neighborhood.Kat and Doug felt like Aurora Village was the perfect community. Minutes from the city, affluent without pretension, low crime with a friendly vibe—it’s everything Kat never had, and that she’s determined to provide for her infant daughter. Snagging a nice bungalow in this ex...

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Title:Neighborly
Author:Ellie Monago
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Edition Language:English

Neighborly Reviews

  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)

    Oh yes! A book that I loved to be lost in. This one suckered me in from the very first page and held me in a type of reading bondage. Willing participant of course.

    The storyline is brilliant. If you love suburbia that's got a twisted side under perfect facades then this is for you. The book is paced perfectly and when the first reveal hits, even if you sense it coming, its still deliciously naughty and thrilling!

    As for the characters. There are quite a

    Oh yes! A book that I loved to be lost in. This one suckered me in from the very first page and held me in a type of reading bondage. Willing participant of course.

    The storyline is brilliant. If you love suburbia that's got a twisted side under perfect facades then this is for you. The book is paced perfectly and when the first reveal hits, even if you sense it coming, its still deliciously naughty and thrilling!

    As for the characters. There are quite a few and yet I sensed them all, got to know each one. No confusion knowing the star players in this book. As the book goes on and twists and more reveals enter play I was unable to stop reading. Nothing was tearing me away until I knew the grand finale.

    The ending is fitting and unexpected. I love being surprised. This book just essentially won me over. I really lime this author's ability to tell a story about people living in a block of houses who seem so perfect yet are anything but.

    I highly recommend this book to everyone. Its psychologically exciting and for me there was not one thing that disappointed. Five stars and I need more from this author please. Grab this gem!

  • Zuky the BookBum

    long review!

    This read started well for me, I got through the first 45% really quickly. It’s a pretty generic story but it was fast paced and due to the mass amount of characters, I didn’t have any idea who could have been the mischievous note-leaver.

    Then we get to 45%, and the story gets weird… I don’t always mind a strange plot change, but this one was bad. It comes all at once

    and out of nowhere. It’s really left-field and instantly halted my reading. The app

    long review!

    This read started well for me, I got through the first 45% really quickly. It’s a pretty generic story but it was fast paced and due to the mass amount of characters, I didn’t have any idea who could have been the mischievous note-leaver.

    Then we get to 45%, and the story gets weird… I don’t always mind a strange plot change, but this one was bad. It comes all at once

    and out of nowhere. It’s really left-field and instantly halted my reading. The appeal of finding out who was ‘stalking’ Kat all but vanished. Not to mention, it didn’t even need to be part of the book for the rest of story to make sense. There was definitely an easier, and less unbelievable, way for the author to fulfill her ideas about the end of the book.

    Characters in this book are dislikable… actually I’d go so far as to say detestable. Kat, our main character, is a new mum, has moved with her husband into a new house and village, and is desperate to escape her past. She wants to make new friends and move on with her life and her perfect little family. Super cliche, but sounds likable, right?

    Wrong. Kat is the most needy and self-pitying character I’ve ever come across. She’s pathetic and got on my nerves within a couple of chapters. The thing that annoyed me most was her embarrassment at her baby crying. Unless time was moving super quickly in the book without me realising, Sadie (the child) would begin to cry (as babies do) and within 3 minutes Kat would be saying “I’m such a bad mom!! I don’t know my baby!!” and then next thing you know she’s accusing Sadie of not appreciating how hard she works to please her!

    However, there are moments in the story where I felt a pang of sympathy for her, and for that reason she isn’t the least likable character in the whole book.

    On the other hand, Doug, the husband, is totally dislikable from page one. So often in these ‘throwaway thrillers’

    the husband is an arse, even if he doesn’t end up being the bad guy (and I’m not saying he is or isn’t in this, I’m just saying that as a example). Doug is a spiteful, grudge-holding idiot who has no respect for his wife and he irritated the heck out of me.

    As for side characters, there’s about 3 million. To be honest, they all merged into one in my head and I couldn’t actually remember who was who whenever a name popped up, apart from Andie, who had a bit more of a developed story than the rest of them.

    As mentioned before, this really is one of those ‘throwaway thrillers’, I can assure you I will have forgotten the story or the characters within a few months, even though I semi-enjoyed it while reading. The plot for this one is nothing unique but it is quite gripping at times and I did enjoy the guessing game of who the baddie was going to be. I had my suspicions about parts of the plot which ended up being correct, but at no point did I have any clue who was leaving the notes… until the chapters begin changing POV. Monago continues to keep the identity of the person undercover, but it becomes really easy to work out who they are, and so even that last reveal becomes dulled by the long drawn out process of officially finding out who they are.

    I will say that the writing in this book is alright. It’s not the greatest but it did well to keep me interested. It’s just a shame that the story that went along with it couldn’t keep up with the quality.

    Overall, I tolerated this novel. If I could give it a half star, I would drop this to a 2.5 star rating. I would still check out another book by the author though, as I think her writing has good potential! Plus, the cover is super effective and draws you in – well done to the artist on that!

  • Shainlock

    It started off pretty good. It interested me at first and then it got weird, in my opinion. I think it was supposed to be different and weird, though it wasn’t my cup of tea. I think there was a moral or something in there. There were loads of secrets and lies but a lot of, uh openness about things as well. Had these ppl all just talked about this stuff earlier this whole thing ... mountain out of a mole hill situation.

    The end was just “off” to me and entirely too convenient. 2.5 rounded up

  • Melki

    Kat and Doug have spent nearly every penny they have on the crappiest house in the best neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay area. And, oh, what neighbors! They throw a block party to welcome the newcomers! (I had just one woman stop by when we moved here. She brought some sort of gray looking muffins, and really, it was only to invite my boys to attend

    Kat and Doug have spent nearly every penny they have on the crappiest house in the best neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay area. And, oh, what neighbors! They throw a block party to welcome the newcomers! (I had just one woman stop by when we moved here. She brought some sort of gray looking muffins, and really, it was only to invite my boys to attend her church's vacation bible school.) But the residents of Aurora Village pull out all the stops to make their new neighbors feel right at home. So, of course there's a reason for all their solicitousness . . .

    Soon someone is leaving disturbing notes, and it turns out the "neighborhood association" has some pretty swinging ideas of what constitutes neighborly love. Doug's kind of a jerk, and Kat has some deep, dark secrets of her own. Yeah. This has all the makings of the backyard barbecue from hell.

    For what it is - a fast moving tale of ways humans can be nasty to one another - this book is fine. Great literature, it's not, but it's something of a page-turner that I probably would have finished in one sitting had time allowed. There's a lot of back-stabbing, and hatred, and not a single likable character. (Well, the jury's still out on the baby, but I'm guessing she'll end up being a "mean girl.") Though there's a lot of

    about sex, there's only one barely steamy scene, and it's within the bonds of holy matrimony, so yawn . . . I mean, amen. This book is really not that good, but I'm giving it three stars because I believe the author achieved what she was aiming for - an enjoyable thriller with a twisted

    vibe.

    Well, I'm off to Lowe's 'cause I suddenly feel the need to surround my property with the tallest spite fence money can buy.

  • Petra

    Started off really well, but I was disappointed with the rushed ending. The issues are resolved so quickly and in such an unbelievable manner, it spoilt the rest of the book for me. Still, this kept me attentive and entertained throughout although the female main character was irritating (what is it with all these whinging and whining female protagonists at the moment? I just keep coming across them all the time at the moment.)

    The neighbors could have done with some more character development,

    Started off really well, but I was disappointed with the rushed ending. The issues are resolved so quickly and in such an unbelievable manner, it spoilt the rest of the book for me. Still, this kept me attentive and entertained throughout although the female main character was irritating (what is it with all these whinging and whining female protagonists at the moment? I just keep coming across them all the time at the moment.)

    The neighbors could have done with some more character development, I had problems keeping some of the characters straight and remembering the individual couples correctly. If topics such as open marriages/partner swapping offend you, you may want to miss this one, as several reviewers seem to have been put off by some of the content.

    Overall, an easy, quick listen and the two narrators were very good.

  • Cat L

    sListen, I am not a prude but I feel like it is not fair or really cool to not give readers a heads up about the incredible amount of highly sexual content of this book.

    Parts were incredibly uncomfortable (again not a prude) but because I was not expecting it. You will accidentally stumble down the rabbit hole and not see it coming. I slapped my forehead for my lack of seeing the foreshadowing of things to come.

    Those who dislike f bombs will really need a pass on this. Yes, there are some but to

    sListen, I am not a prude but I feel like it is not fair or really cool to not give readers a heads up about the incredible amount of highly sexual content of this book.

    Parts were incredibly uncomfortable (again not a prude) but because I was not expecting it. You will accidentally stumble down the rabbit hole and not see it coming. I slapped my forehead for my lack of seeing the foreshadowing of things to come.

    Those who dislike f bombs will really need a pass on this. Yes, there are some but to me they pale in comparison to some of the frank talk in the book. (and by frank I mean talk that I would never in a million years utter out of my lips in front of anyone-maybe I'm a secret prude) I continued reading the book but feel it needs a warning to those who will feel gut punched and suckered by not knowing what they are getting into.

    OK, now you know what to expect. But what about the book???? A great deal of hand wringing and self doubt. Like A LOT. Too much. After half way through I was sick of hearing about how our heroine Kat felt. Her internal dialogue is churning, churning and churning. My favorite anxiety quote: "It's ok if Doug (husband here) pities me, just a little, but if he knew everything, he'd be ddisgusted. And I couldn't live with that."

    How about a quote from the meat of the suspense: "Just because your paranoid doesn't mean nobody's after you."

    But really there was not ENOUGH suspense or at least I was too preoccupied by all the overpowering emotion baggage from Kat.

    This is Stepford Wives in a Trans-Urban twist. In Dec of 2016 a book titled The Missing by Caroline Eriksson was one of the Kindle Firsts for the month. I disliked that book because the suspense was bogged down in all the over wrought hand wringing self doubt that killed the book for me from getting anywhere and sadly it is shades of that for me here.

    The book will be loved by those who can overlook some of the things that just didn't sit with me. Not enough suspense for a book billed as suspense, the fry pan in the face with the sex talk that would make Dr. Ruth blush. F bombs not included.

    Just because your paranoid doesn't mean nobody's after you. F bombs and highly sexualized content. Childhood is a template for all that comes later

    *****For those of you with reading comprehension problems (all snark intended) go back and actually read my review. I never said there was graphic sex AT ALL. I said highly sexual content and sex talk. Where I come from standing on the sidewalk talking about which one of the male neighbors has a tongue that can make you quiver is SEX TALK. Next! ******

  • Kati

    You can tell this book was written by someone with a background in psychology. It felt like someone did a psychoanalysis on a lifetime movie and this book was the end result.

    That’s not exactly a critique; was interesting to an extent. I also thought the anguish Kat felt as a new mother felt very real. I don’t have kids by choice and a lot of the fears revealed by Kat are major reasons as to why. I did get a little tired of Kat’s insecurities being hashed over and over and over and over.... you

    You can tell this book was written by someone with a background in psychology. It felt like someone did a psychoanalysis on a lifetime movie and this book was the end result.

    That’s not exactly a critique; was interesting to an extent. I also thought the anguish Kat felt as a new mother felt very real. I don’t have kids by choice and a lot of the fears revealed by Kat are major reasons as to why. I did get a little tired of Kat’s insecurities being hashed over and over and over and over.... you kind of get why, as you learn more about her past. But at some point she just becomes this weepy, needy nuisance.

    The whole neighborhood of swingers thing was predictable but I think it was supposed to be. It was cheesy, in ways, but kind of interesting thanks to the extra dialogue that reflected the psychoanalysis I mentioned earlier. I could never do spouse sharing but this book subtly made cases for or against it, that made it feel a little less smutty.

    It had the typical element of mystery/thriller as to who was targeting Kat and why. Unfortunately, all was revealed (and resolved) too fast and too conveniently, which really ruined it for me. The least believable part was how quickly June/Ellen let go of her grudge, all things considered.

    I wish the book had done a better job of fleshing out Kat and Ellen’s childhood friendship. I didn’t care that they reconciled or not because I didn’t have any insight to their history.

    All in all, I’m glad I didn’t pay for it but can’t say I regret reading it. It wasn’t exactly good but it took me out of my comfort zone.

    Literal LOL at the negative reviews based solely on the fact that this story involves swinging, though. Jesus Fucking Christ.

  • Hester

    Thank you Amazon first reads, because of your generosity I didn't have to buy it!

    Good fences make for good neighbors. Minding your own business and not interacting with your neighbors makes for better neighbors!

    Kat her husband Doug and baby daughter, Sadie, move to the perfect neighborhood on the perfect block with the most wonderfulest perfectest neighbors ever! They are so kind and full of love that the neighbors have a block party to welcome them into their community. Everyone is so warm and

    Thank you Amazon first reads, because of your generosity I didn't have to buy it!

    Good fences make for good neighbors. Minding your own business and not interacting with your neighbors makes for better neighbors!

    Kat her husband Doug and baby daughter, Sadie, move to the perfect neighborhood on the perfect block with the most wonderfulest perfectest neighbors ever! They are so kind and full of love that the neighbors have a block party to welcome them into their community. Everyone is so warm and welcoming and they want to get to know Kat and be her friend, but like Mr. Roboto, Kat has a secret, secret, secret, she has a secret. It's a secret so dark and terrible her husband doesn’t even know about it.

    Life in her new neighborhood isn't that perfect, someone is leaving her threatening notes and it turns out her neighbors are a bunch of creepy swingers who want Kat and Doug as fresh meat for their sex sandwiches or whatever it is that swingers do with fresh meat.

    Kat is a struggler, she struggles with just about everything like her self esteem, her marriage and sex life, money, her successes and/or failures as a mother, her new home, her new neighbors/friends and her in laws whom she does not like. Oh and there's that secret she struggles with on the daily.

    After blacking out during a girls night out with her neighbors things go from just being a struggle to THE. STRUGGLE. IS. REAL. Kat is convinced that someone roofied her drink with Special K her husband seems to hate her guts all of the sudden and Sadie becomes gravely ill with a mystery illness. It's during this illness that Kat has an epiphany that someone in the neighborhood poisoned her daughter and sabotaged her marriage and that she needs to stop struggling and do something about it, and do something about it she does!

    After putting all of the pieces together Kat confronts her tormenter/s and tries to make a citizens arrest. It goes a little something like this...

    Kat to Guilty Party: “Hello there, long time no see. I finally figured it out! Nice cosmetic surgery by the way. You poisoned my daughter!”

    Guilty Party: “I did not! And you ruined my life and my family you dirty liar!”

    Kat: “Did not!”

    Guilty Party: “Did too!”

    Kat: “Did not!”

    Guilty Party: “Did too!”

    Kat: “Did not!”

    GuiltyParty: “Oh, well then maybe you didn’t.”

    Kat: “That’s what I’ve been saying!”

    Kat to tagalong neighbor who happens to be a police officer: “Arrest this person!”

    This book is chock full of nondescript characters, zero action and little to almost no suspense. And the writers handling of Kat's secret, a very serious one at that, is shitty.

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  • Tiffany Delahunt

    I hate to write negative reviews but this was just a ridiculous and unbelievable plot, with terrible, one-dimensional characters and nothing redeeming.

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