Neighborly by Ellie Monago


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...

Details Neighborly

Release DateMar 1st, 2018
PublisherLake Union Publishing
GenreFiction, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense, Mystery Thriller

Reviews Neighborly

  • Melki
    “The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.”― G.K. Chesterton 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 muff...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 real...
  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    Truly riveting, couldn't put this book down!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 ...
  • 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 insecuriti...
  • Tiffany Delahunt
    Far fetched & awkwardI hate to write negative reviews but this was just a ridiculous and unbelievable plot, with terrible, one-dimensional characters and nothing redeeming.
  • Lisa
    This was ok to start, but BOY did it spiral down into a ridiculous mess of nonsensical absurdity. I recommend you skip it.
  • Jeannie Anderson
    I had to force myself to finish this book. The first half was not interesting at all. The second half got better but it just wasn't my cup of tea. About a community that shares each others spouse. It just didn't have interesting content to me. The main character was a total bore with all her complaints. It just went on and on with her.
  • 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...
  • Katherine Joyce
    Disappointing ReadI can see why this writer chose a pen name.I'm not a fan...the narrator was unlikable and the plot wasn't believable.Also, PSA since the main character did NOT stop bringing it can have a damn glass of wine when you're breastfeeding. My. God. Disclaimer, I hated this book.
  • Jeanine
    This is a prime first reads book.. I couldn't put it down.. It's a first rate thriller with a satisfying ending.
  • Lori
    This was a Kindle First Reads book, and I was excited to read it based on the synopsis. Everything in this book could have been wrapped up in a short story. Kat and Doug put everything they have into buying a house in the most coveted neighborhood. Everything is seemingly perfect, just the kind of life Kat dreamed of providing for their picture perfect daughter. Then threatening messages start arriving, and Kat starts becoming paranoid. She has a...
  • Madeline
    I wanted to like it but....First of all, too repetitive. Same thoughts over and over from the narrator about her family, problems, love for them, her deep psychological understanding of people and events. The story got sillier and more unrealistic as it went on. Pedophilia, open marriage, murder, threats, poisoning, and this all on ONE block in the most desirable neighborhood in the city. One additional detail thrown in was that our narrator live...
  • Hayley
    DNF'd at 35%. Terrible book, boring characters, almost no plot, nothing to keep the reader engaged.
  • Sarah
    Got this as a Kindle First as the synopsis sounded interesting as a creepy thriller.Kat and Doug have used literally all their money to buy a house in the "perfect" neighbourhood and basically, right from the outset, things are not as perfect as they seem. There's something odd about the street and the inhabitants but this idea initially comes from Kat who isn't the most reliable of sources.The issue is that none of the characters are properly de...
  • Jim D
    Wow... a very fast paced intriguing story. What if you moved into a highly desired neighborhood and started to get threatening notes; And you started to learn that the neighborhood had a huge secret ; and you were determined to protect your secret... So many things happening at a great pace. Easy to read; I could not put it down. Nice resolution and very well written.
  • Cynthia
    Oh, DRECK! But it was a page-turner I did get swept along the current of sexy neighbors and absurdly clichéd characters. It was really an absurd plot acted out by dimensionless people. They main character is so baffled by new motherhood and anxiety that she can barely function, yet her parental epiphany fills her with the strength of 10 feminists and she figures out the mystery just in the knick of time.
  • Brian Livingston
    Sometimes you CAN judge a book by it's coverI loved this book for several reasons. I imagine that being a Bay Area native myself made it a little easier to grasp the absolute realness of the neighborhood and it's characters, but being a mother who suffers from Bipolar disorder and self esteem issues, I really connected with the main character, Kat. The author wrote realistic , deep, characters that are relatable to any adult. She truly understand...
  • Laura Tough
    There is so much going on in this book, but boy it’s good. The story revolves around Kat. Kat and her husband Doug, and her daughter Sadie have just moved into this prestigious village, the place that looks so gorgeous, the place where everyone wants to live. The town holds secrets though. Then Kat starts getting messages encouraging her to leave. What you will uncover is Kat’s past that has serious links in this town. It drains you in until ...
  • Joshua Dancer
    Most of this is quite good. I almost feel bad only giving it two stars, but that ending was way too rushed, and wraps things up far too cleanly.
  • Cindy Kubley
    Creepy Neighbors This book is a suspenseful move of who did it. The author’s style is a little wordy but the plot thickens enough that you have to keep reading to find out who is guilty!
  • Lisa-Jaine
    This book was slow going, and the opt-in or opt-out swinging that goes on seems to be thrown in as an aside to spice things up. Kat's internal battles of feeling inadequate and not good enough for her husband or as a mother to her child fight with her external ones of anxiety, shyness etc. Moving to a new neighbourhood should be the answer but turns out to be the problem. Too slow for me.
  • Mary Tanner
    No on in to this book was honest. Everyone lied. The main character lied the most. Her husband wouldn't talk to her, she didn't talk to him. Drove me crazy. Then the surprise of the open neighborhood. Come on. I wasted my time reading this silly book.
  • Cherie
    wasn't that great, when I purchased it, it sounded like it was going to be a good one.was very boring.Cherie'
  • Joyce (Chloe)
    Well, I liked it!!
  • Claire Quigley
    Could not put it down The perfect neighbourhood does not exist. Kat, husband and child move to the perfect neighbourhood.and suddenly Stepford starts to unravel. A carefully woven tale that drip feeds just enough scandal per chapter. Only criticism - can be difficult to keep up with the names of the entire street at times.
  • Lisa
    A great read!This was my pick from this months Kindle First selection and there was some serious completion however, the premises struck a cord with me as I once lived in a tiny little village which in many ways the AV reminded me of, I opted out and moved away, (speedily). What for some would be Eutopia, for me was more like hell. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!Neighbourly is a creepy and well crafted story, that unfolds in layers that...
  • Susanne
    I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway.---some spoilers---What this book really needed was a good editor. There is nothing wrong with the premise (young couple moves into a new neighborhood where everybody seems too nice but obviously share some shady secret: Desperate Housewives meet Truman Show), but the author is trying to squeeze in just about every traumatic experience there is in a single plot. There are absent parents, paedophil...
  • Callie
    Well crafted mystery with a few questionsThis was not what I was expecting, but it was well done with an interesting twist which is slowly revealed in a way that the reader starts making guesses and evaluations about what they've previously read. What does one know about these characters you've been learning about? How is one to use this information to determine who is find this mysterious troublemaker! As one slowly sees the pieces fitting toget...