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Summary

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 exclusive enclave was worth all the sacrifice. But everything changes overnight when Kat finds a scrawled note outside their front door.

That wasn’t very neighborly of you.

As increasingly sinister and frighteningly personal notes arrive, each one stabs deeper into the heart of Kat’s insecurities, paranoia, and most troubling, her past. When the neighbors who seemed so perfect reveal their open secret, the menace moves beyond mean notes. Someone’s raising the stakes.

As suspicious as she is of every smiling face and as terrified as she’s become of being found out, Kat is still unprepared for the sharp turn that lies just ahead of her on Bayberry Lane.

©2018 Ellie Monago (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Getshotzi
  • 03-04-18

Weird but not a good weird

This book is about a woman, her husband, and her baby relocating to a dream like suburban community with neighbors who have secrets. Although she doesn't know it, she has enemies from her past who also live there and will stop at nothing to see her leave. That's why I bought the book. Unfortunately, the neighbor's secrets are implausible and just plain stupid. I credit the narrator with making me listen, but I couldn't stop rolling my eyes. This is a solid NO from me. Wish I had the credit again.

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  • Chanille
  • 07-03-18

Awful

This is the dumbest book I have EVER read. Main character insecure to point of ridiculousneas.

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  • Ruth A. Cantrell
  • 25-04-18

Didn’t see that coming!

This review is for the audio version. Both of the narrators did a great job! There isn’t a lot of difference in their voices, so if I let my mind wander, it took me a minute to figure out which character was speaking.
The story was interesting and unlike anything I have read lately. It started off a bit slow, but the slow start was necessary to lay the foundation for the remainder of the book. I actually sat in my car listening for about 45 minutes because I was so enthralled!

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  • Customer4SK
  • 09-04-18

A glimpse into suburbia

Great beginning and middle, but disappointing end to an otherwise entertaining story. The narrator was great but why did her voice for Doug sound like a dork!

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  • Paul Freund
  • 08-04-18

A Too Good Too be True Neighborhood

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was an interesting reading, although I felt it was a bit dragged out at times.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ellie Monago? Why or why not?

The presentation was good enough to warrant the reading of another book

What about Amy McFadden and Cristina Panfilio ’s performance did you like?

I felt the two did an adequate performance. It might have been more effective if a true male voice could have been used.

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I was given this book by the author to an honest review

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  • Hillary Marshall
  • 06-04-18

twists all the way to the end

really enjoyable. kept my interest, and though I guessed some of the twists, there were definitely a few that caught me off guard.

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  • M. Childers
  • 05-04-18

Lots of Neighbors and lots of secrets.

This was a mostly enjoyable story that had me adsorbed and listening avidly until the end...unfortunately the ending fizzled and was somewhat anticlimactic.
At the beginning of the story I felt that Kat was a pretty whiney person, and the author felt the need to tell us over and over how unsure, insecure and introverted she is. The story and descriptions didn't do a very good job of making me empathize with Kat.
Kat is the main narrator for most of the story until an abrupt switch in narrators nearly 2/3 of the way through.
I was intrigued in the mystery of the neighborhood. I was interested enough in the various descriptions of neighbors and the crytic clues given about the various couples in the AV to keep me listening to the story. Kats sad childhood history is hinted at but never fully delved into. And she refuse to tell her husband the whole truth about her horrific childhood.
But although the story line got more and more riveting, the plot began to meander is several different directions that sped up....and then...went nowhere. We are introduced to fascinating and lurid details about the secret lives of the AV. And then several story lines just get mentioned and then go nowhere. Never to be mentioned again.
There were also a few details about Kat and Doug that didn't make sense, Does anyone?, even someone with unlimited funds overbid $450,000 on a crackerbox of a house, just to get in a neighborhood? Much less a couple who are on a limited income. It didn't dazzle me with their intelligence.
Kat also has some rather bizarre internal rambling observations about her child and motherhood.
Doug was kind of a jerk, and never did redeem himself entirely. His wishy washy attitude was lame and feeble.
So athough the story was compelling, the characters, not so much. Except maybe for poor poor baby Sadie.
Ultimately the writing and mystery was good, and I was engaged until nearly the end of the story, but the ending fizzled out badly, leaving me thinking....thats it?
Forgiving and forgetting by MC and not nearly enough closure with several loose neighbor hood threads left dangling. The ending was innocuous.
Narration was ok.

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  • Sandy McRae
  • 29-03-18

very good book!

lots of twists, very interesting cast. good read! enjoyed the storyline. would definitely recommend, worth the read

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  • Colleen M. Beddor
  • 08-03-18

Huge disappointment

What a ridiculous plot. I want my credit back. Kept listening hoping it would get better

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  • Beatrice
  • 16-03-18

WOW

Neighborly is a complex multi-faceted book with lots of emotions and twist and turns. U put the book down several times because I was afaid of what might happen next. The only thing I didn't like was that there were so many characters and I list track of who was who. I would definitely read another book by Ellie Monago. The narrators also did a good job bringing the story to life.

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