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The Neighbors

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Summary

Abby looks forward to meeting the family who just moved in across the street - until she realizes they're the one couple who could expose her deepest secrets.

After a night of fun back in 1992, Abby is responsible for a car crash that kills her beloved brother. It's a mistake she can never forgive, so she pushes away Liam, the man she loves most, knowing that he would eventually hate her for what she's done, the same way she hates herself.

Twenty years later, Abby's husband, Nate, is also living with a deep sense of guilt. He was the driver who first came upon the scene of Abby's accident, the man who pulled her to safety before the car erupted in flames - the man who could not save her brother in time. It's this guilt, this regret, that binds them together. They understand each other. Or so Nate believes.

In a strange twist of fate, Liam moves into the neighborhood with his own family, releasing a flood of memories that Abby has been trying to keep buried all these years. Abby and Liam, in a complicit agreement, pretend never to have met, yet cannot resist the pull of the past - nor the repercussions of the terrible secrets they've both been carrying....

©2018 Hannah Mckinnon (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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  • Taylor Wagner
  • 21-03-18

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Wonderful story, well developed characters, absolutely heart breaking ending. You really feel like you're right there with them.

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  • Bette
  • 16-04-18

Oh, That ENDING!!!

This is a tricky audio book to review- part steamy 80's soap opera, part Greek morality play, The Neighbors is a mostly enjoyable ride with occasional boggy patches. It's the story of two couples whose paths seem destined to cross, read in alternating chapters by four different narrators. The four characters (six, if you count their bratty teenagers) are a relatively unsympathetic bunch. Each has a unique POV and voice but they all come off as childish rather than childlike and selfish rather than quirky. McKinnon's storytelling is solid; a little TOO solid with only one surprising twist in an ending that should have had many (like 6?) had McKinnon not over-laid the groundwork and given a little too much away.

It's a bit of a strange brew considering the production is one of the best audio productions out there. The director & readers chose to push the steamy soap aspects to the level of vocal Kabuki. While far from my usual cup of tea, the style is kind of brilliant, particularly at the ending. I'll say it again: oh, that ending!

About three-quarters of the way through the Neighbors, I believed I knew everything that would happen and rather wanted the author to get on with it, but once the denoument started- well- author McKinnon used a literary device I have always despised. I found myself laughing with glee at the audacity and inevitability of it's use. It made sense of the story and of the near theatrical emotion of the production."Bravo!", I laughed.

While it was sometimes difficult to engage with the characters and the novel could have used a bit more editing, it's a very well crafted tale. I found much to admire and enjoy in this production of The Neighbors.

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  • Listening Queen
  • 25-04-18

Feeling Frustrated!

No spoilers, but this book was really frustrating, first let me tell you what I liked:

1. Character Development was amazing and on point
2. The narration was tremendous, what a great production!
3. Very likable characters for the most part

Now here is what i didn't love.... THE END! I gave this book 4 stars because I really liked it, but the end frustrated me so much! AHHHHHH!

Worth the credit, but a very annoying end.

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  • Cablgyrl
  • 27-02-20

Wow! What an ending

I enjoyed this book. It pulled me in from the very beginning and it did not disappoint. I liked the ending and enjoyed the narration. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Brad&Britney
  • 24-01-20

Good narration, loved the ending

This book wasn’t what I was expecting at all! Hannah Mary McKinnon tends to do that to me.

This story is about a woman who must live with a horrible trauma she blames herself for, a man re-emerges with tons of secrets under his belt, and their two significant others who are caught in the crossfires of their spouse’s passionate affair.

I was teetering on a 3 and a 4 ⭐️ review with this book because I didn’t know how much I was liking the story and the characters in the beginning and middle of the book. I found every character to be completely flawed and there was no one for me to root for. Then I got to thinking... 💭 THAT WAS THE WHOLE POINT OF THE STORY! These people, every single one of them, are a$$holes! It’s like watching one giant 💣 go tick...tick...BOOM! Their lives were all effected by secrets and the past and no one had any clue how deep they were in their hole (figuratively and literally).

I also love the fact that we never got to go in the perspective of one specific character. I’m glad HMM chose to do that, because I would have hated myself for even liking this person, come the ending. Because no matter what, each perspective we heard, albeit they were all horrible people, had some attempt at making them redeemable.

I would characterize this book as Fiction/Drama; not so much Thriller. There was never really a mystery, in the sake of murder or danger. It was just flat out drama. Because of this, I do loveeee the ending. I felt like I was watching Jerry Springer. Secrets were being dropped left from right. It was great!

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  • Gina
  • 23-01-19

So so good!!

The last 3 chapters totally blew my mind. Loved the narrators. Totally addictive and exciting

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  • D BURNHAM
  • 28-11-18

Waste of a credit

Only liked one character, Nate. Listened at 1.75 speed because it was that bad. Sorry to be so negative. 😕

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  • Sheila S
  • 30-05-18

Marvelous tale of marriage and infidelity

The nuanced characterization, intriguing storyline, and splendid narration all contributed to my listening pleasure. Good to the very last page.

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  • Terry Buys Stuff
  • 30-04-18

Wild Ride

Slow at first but what an amazing story. Stay with it for an ending that you never expected.