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

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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Zuky the BookBum
    Warning: 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 (hahahahaha THAT’S a pun) and out of nowhere. It...
  • 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 coul...
  • Shaina
    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...
  • Jeannie
    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.
  • 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.
  • Lisa
    This was ok to start, but BOY did it spiral down into a ridiculous mess of nonsensical absurdity. I recommend you skip it.
  • Amber Myott
    Ugggghhhh , skipped read most of this book just because I try to finish everything I start .I found the writing simplistic and cheesy ,the characters unremarkable and the plot farcical .
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jeanine
    This is a prime first reads book.. I couldn't put it down.. It's a first rate thriller with a satisfying ending.
  • Hayley
    DNF'd at 35%. Terrible book, boring characters, almost no plot, nothing to keep the reader engaged.
  • Bridget That1BookGirl
    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Oh, Neighborly, how I adore thee!! *insert gratified sigh*Seriously, big smooches to the author Ellie Monago for sharing this magic with the world! 😘 So Kat and Doug are super excited to move into the coveted neighborhood of Aurora Village, AKA the AV. What they don’t know is in the AV lies something sinister behind that Stepford facade and all of the gushy, ‘be my bff’ ‘no, be MY bff’ goodness. So who is behind t...
  • Leslie
    This was a strange book. It isn't really the mystery as much as it is a 'thriller' but it is rather banal thriller. The story has an unreliable narrator, this wasn't a term I was aware of until I started watching Westworld. The problem I had with the book is the main character Kat is really unlikeable but since she is a victim you feel bad for not liking her. she is a thirty something woman struggling with her temporary stay at home mom role in h...
  • 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...
  • Jean Cole
    In this suspense novel, Kat and her husband Doug move into the perfect neighborhood with the perfect neighbors even though they really can't afford it. Right away, the threatening anonymous messages begin. Kat chooses not to tell her husband, which is explained by her deep sense of insecurity, which is a result of childhood sex abuse by one of her teachers. I have sympathy for Kat, but whenever I read a book that prominently features what might b...
  • Lindsey
    The perfect amount of neighborly drama I was looking for!
  • June
    Ending seemed a bit rushed. A lot was wrapped up, improbably, in only a few chapters. I found Kat’s whining a little annoying. Despite that, it was an easy read with a twist. Open marriages and partner swapping might be offensive to some readers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jeanne25
    I picked this from the February Amazon Prime "Early Bird" free book offer. OK I really don't remember what it is called, but as an Amazon Prime member you are given the choice of a free book from six offered. This was my choice. The premise was catchy. Sounded like a kind of Fatal Attraction story and I must admit that neighbors from hell have always been something I am afraid of. The writing style is very simplistic but it does the job. You get ...
  • Michael
    This is one of those books that I liked in parts. The premise is nothing new and fits right into the genre, but then there's parts that kind of don't fit in, but add a little to the overall plot. It's not a terrible novel, but there was a lot to take in and at times it felt like pieces were added in just to stimulate the plot. Kat herself is an interesting character and you can relate to her and the situation she's in. The AV is a place you want ...
  • saradevil
    In a neighborhood that just recently finished reading Fifty Shades of Grey and then discovered fetlife and google sheets, one woman must confront her past and being a new mother and postpartum depression and moving into a tiny house and fitting into the perfect neighborhood, all while learning how social media works. Fortunately her husaband with the Zoey Daschnell* smile is there to sort of support her while mostly just being an adolescent man-b...