The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth

The Family Next Door

A gripping domestic page-turner full of shocking reveals, perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty, Amanda Prowse and Kerry Fisher. The small suburb of Pleasant Court lives up to its name. It's the kind of place where everyone knows their neighbours, and children play in the street.Isabelle Heatherington doesn't fit into this picture of family paradise. Husbandless and childless, she soon catches the attention of three Pleasant Court mothers. But An...

Details The Family Next Door

TitleThe Family Next Door
Release DateMar 6th, 2018
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreFiction, Mystery

Reviews The Family Next Door

  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be found at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...This is my second read from Sally Hepworth. I wondered if I could possibly enjoy this novel as much as I enjoyed her previous novel, “The Mother’s Promise”. Well I did, I absolutely loved this novel. “Do you ever really know your neighbours?” The suburb of Pleasant Court really lives up to its name. It’s a perfectly pleasant place with perfectly pleasant people. ...
  • Susanne Strong
    5 stars.How well do you know the people closest to you? Are they who you think they are? Is anyone?These are the questions at the heart of Sally Hepworth’s new novel “The Family Next Door.” It is a phenomenal novel that delves into the minds of several families and specifically five complicated women. Some are mothers and daughters; others friends or neighbors. The only thing I can tell you is that nothing is as it seems. Essie and her mot...
  • Berit☀️✨
    5 Big, brilliant, beautiful stars!🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Sally Hepworth, sure can write a book! The question is why have I not read anything from this author before? This book checked off all my musts for a fabulous book.... wonderful characters... fabulous relationships... perfect pacing... some fun twists and turns....This book focused on the relationship between five very well developed and relatable females... their relationships with their sig...
  • Kaceey
    4.5*Do you ever secretly gaze at your neighbor and think, “wow, they have it all.” A beautiful home, a loving marriage, happy, healthy kids and a cute designer dog. Don’t you ever wish you could just have a fraction of that serene, picturesque life? Well before you wish too hard...maybe just take a peek behind the scenes. As often happens, maybe their lives aren’t so perfect after all. And maybe, you in fact are the lucky one at the end o...
  • paulie
    4.324 stars - expected publication date 03/06/18 - same day the review remix will be released. ****** remix below [today is 03/06]****** paulie and (not so) bad boy presents: we invented the review remix not a spoiler - additional material (view spoiler)[ms. hepworth worked on her latest novel while pregnant, and you can really feel it in the writing. the topic of motherhood is addressed, particularly the feeling of inadequacy, failure. the feeli...
  • Elyse
    This story centers around a neighborhood- “Pleasant Court” - of primarily married couples with children. It’s a family friendly community. Ange & Lucas - Essi & Ben - and Fran & Nigel each have two kids. Barbara is a single woman who lives next door to Essi — Barbara is Essi’s mother...and a hand’s on grandmother. The only single women mentioned in this community (or of significant interest) is newcomer, Isabelle. She lives next door ...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 entertaining, dramatic, neighborly stars to The Family Next Door!🏠 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ I’ve learned I can rely on Sally Hepworth for a well-written, entertainingly indulgent read. Some of my friends have mentioned that The Family Next Door has a Desperate Housewives feel, and it most definitely does. That angle makes it a little dramatic at times, and some of the things that happened were a bit of a stretch; however, there is an emotionality t...
  • Linda
    A true spider's web......And there are plenty of buzzing flies caught up in sticky situations that finally encase them. The more that they struggle, the tighter the grip.Pleasant Court may not be so pleasant after all. Houses in this neighborhood may resemble one another in architectural style, but the occupants differ on so many levels. Smiles produced on long driveways and friendly waves to neighbors diminish once the front doors close. These c...
  • Diane S ☔
    Welcome to Wisteria Lane, or maybe Knots Landing, for those who remember that show, and of course Desperate Housewives. This book contains elements of all those shows. Good looking characters, drama, post partum depression, adultery, affairs, a missing child, and of course secrets. Where would fiction be without secrets. A rare book where except for one, I felt sorry for and liked the men more than the women.A entertaining read, I have to admit, ...
  • Norma
    THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR by SALLY HEPWORTH was an extremely enjoyable, entertaining, and fast read! It's a fascinating, thought-provoking, and dramatic tale with some unexpected twists and surprises along the way. I was definitely shocked and pretty excited with a couple of the reveals! The ending was satisfying and pleasant! Would recommend!This was a Traveling Sisters Group Read, and thank you so much for another wonderful reading experience ladies...
  • Carrie
    My oh my. Have you ever noticed when people post on social media they are grabbing their popcorn to watch the drama? That is exactly what The Family Next Door made me want, a nice big bowl of popcorn while I sat back and read the drama that oozed from the residents of Pleasant Court.The story starts off with a flash of Essie’s life as she suffers a breakdown as a new mother. The lack of sleep dealing with a restless baby finally made her snap a...
  • Brenda
    Norma and I were lost in the sunny, cultivated rich lush coulee with five of our Traveling Sisters reading The Family Next Door and we all ended up in the same Coulee enjoying this thought-provoking and engaging story that led to an interesting and fun discussion amongst us. The Family Next Door is an entertaining, emotional, compelling, and suspenseful domestic thriller that explores the secrets, deceits, and lies of five women who live in a sma...
  • Marialyce
    Ever been curious about that goes on in your neighbors' homes? Ever thought about what secrets your neighbors try to hide as they close their door and window shades at night? Surely, most of us have and that is the premise of this novel by Sally Hepworth.The people of Pleasant Court have secrets and as we delve into the novel, we learn more and more about what is driving them. Some secrets are those of infidelity, some of a lost child, and some a...
  • JanB
    This book has a fun vibe reminiscent of the TV show, Desperate Housewives. There are plenty of secrets behind the closed doors in this Pleasant Court neighborhood, and there are enough twists and surprises along the way that kept me flipping the pages. Altogether, this was a fun, entertaining read that was a refreshing change from some heavier reads.  It was a nice easy read with a little mystery and conflict that kept me reading and wanting to ...
  • Debra
    Pleasant Court in Melbourne Australia seems like a pleasant place to live...or is it.? This is another book that asks the question "Just how well do you know someone?" You live with a person, share their bed, share meals with them, raise children with them, you know them right??? Well, do you?Ahhhhhh, small towns. Lovely scenic places. They are supposed to be safe. Nothing bad ever happens there. How can it? Bad things don't happen when things ar...
  • LaDonna
    Look in the mirror...Who do you see?...Look in the mirror...Who do you want others to see? Sally Hepworth was an unknown author to me, until winning this book giveaway. However, she is an author whom I shall not forget. What a story!! Hands down, this is one of my favorite reads for this year. Hepworth's latest is definitely worthy of 4.75 stars!! The Family Next Door: A Novel speaks to characters that many of us can easily recognize and, more...
  • Amy
    The Family Next Door is garnering comparisons to Big Little Lies and normally when a publisher compares a new book to an older blockbuster I’m annoyed when it doesn’t live up to the comparison. Well, this time the similarities are well founded, this most definitely will appeal to fans of BLL and I predict it will be a smash hit.This follows five woman who live in the same neighborhood, Essie, Fran, Ange, Barbara and Isabelle so if multiple pe...
  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com4.5 starsThe Family Next Door, has been one of my anticipated reads of 2018, which is written by an author who sits firmly on my favourites list. Sally Hepworth’s latest novel blows apart a seemingly perfect little neighbourhood based in suburbs of Melbourne, exposing a set of families marred by secrets, lies and betrayals. It is a very contemporary look at how our lives may appear to look pleasant on the s...
  • Karen
    I really enjoyed this book about several families who lived on one street in Melbourne, Australia. The story was mostly centered around the women of the families, how they were dealing with their own situations. It had a few twists and was a fast paced read.
  • Esil
    3+ starsVery readable but likely not particularly memorable. The Family Next Door focuses on three neighbours on a suburban street in Melbourne, Australia. Each woman is in the relatively early years of parenting, each is struggling with being a mother and wife, and each one has a secret. One day, Isabelle moves in next door and slowly the the facades are unraveled. It’s not quite a domestic thriller, but it certainly has twists and turns and t...
  • Brenda
    4.5★sPleasant Court in Melbourne housed Essie, Ben and their two daughters, Mia and Polly, with Essie's mother Barbara nearby; Ange, Lucas and sons Will and Ollie; and Fran, Nigel and daughters Rosie and Ava. The neighbours were friendly, everyone knew each other; looked after the others' gardens when they were away, collected mail - it was a good neighbourhood.When a new resident arrived in Pleasant Court she struck everyone as different. Sing...
  • Shannon
    I started reading The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth last night and finished it today. It was a quick and easy read for me. The story is told in multiple POVs, which is always a win!So what’s it about? The story centers around four neighbors of Pleasant Court in Melbourne. Essie, Fran and Ange have all lived on the cul de sac for quite some time, growing their families. The three of them have been neighborly enough but never really crossing...
  • Renee (
    Desperate Housewives meets Big Little Lies in this page turning domestic suspense drama! This is my first time reading Sally Hepworth but it definitely won't be my last as I enjoyed every last page of this book. I have to say, I wonder if I enjoyed it so much because she tapped into the underlying thoughts I have as I take long nighttime walks in my neighborhood....what's really going on inside all these houses? I can't be the only one out there ...
    This story takes place in Melbourne, Australia, in a quiet cul-de-sac of identical homes called Pleasant Court. It centers around the main character of Essie, who suffered from postpartum depression after having her first child, Mia. As the book begins, at the suggestion of her mother Barbara (who lives next door) Essie takes Mia out for a walk to the park "to get fresh air." However, as is the norm Mia starts wailing if the carriage isn't in con...
  • Lisa
    THE FAMILY NEXT DOORSally HepworthMY RATING ⭐⭐⭐⭐▫PUBLISHER St. Martin’s PressPUBLISHED March 6, 2018An intriguing novel that will leave you wondering - how well do you know your neighbors. SUMMARYEssie, had just had first baby and was experiencing postpartum depression. She was alway exhausted and had to keep Mia’s pram in constant motion so she wouldn’t cry. In an act of desperation, Essie left Mia at a park one day. Just left he...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5First of all, many thanks to St. Martin's Press for providing me with an advance review copy of this book via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.The Family Next Door by Sally Hepworth was a very entertaining read if I do say so myself. This book seems to be marketed as a thriller among other things, but I didn't really find it to be much of a thriller myself. I felt like there was some good suspense, especially towards the end, bu...
  • Sarah Joint
    If you're a fan of soap operas, this book is for you. It called to mind Desperate Housewives, even though I haven't seen very much of it. It's full of juicy drama, surprising twists, and lots and lots of secrets. It was just a bit too much to earn four stars from me, but several of the other ladies I read it with gave it four or five stars. I did enjoy the read, just felt a few things that ended up leading nowhere, only added to up the drama, sho...
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    What, a suspenseful read! This story had me on the edge of my seat and scrolling through my kindle as quick as possible. The plot was fast paced and the descriptions were so realistic that you could feel the characters emotions. I enjoyed the characterization in this book and it was chilling how much this book proves there is so much more than what meets the eyes. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking f...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    An exclusive neighborhood, a safe neighborhood, a neighborhood with couples and children. Added to this perfect place came a single woman who didn't really fit it, but wanted to get to know everyone.Who could Isabelle be, and why would she move into this neighborhood that she really didn't fit into?Each of the five main characters tried to be friends, but each has something to hide or something they aren't happy about.I also questioned if the hus...