Oh, Elin Hilderbrand, the queen of the beach read.
After a hectic month and a couple of heavier reading subjects I opted for a beach read in the middle of January. And it was perfect. Heavy with teen drama, an affair, a prostitute ring, lies and, you guessed it, rumors! It was light and unbelievable and set in the magic, Nantucket.
All-in-all nothing spectacular but fun enough to keep my interest and serve as the perfect escape.
The last thing Owen Michaels does before disappearing is send his wife, Hannah, a note: Protect her. Although confused about why, Hannah knows it is referring to Owen’s daughter, Bailey. In an effort to do that and find her husband, Hannah begins to uncover his past and make sense of the man she loves.
This book is marketed and sold as a mystery/thriller, and while is was definitely mysterious, there was NOTHING thrilling about it. I have never read a slower thriller. I found it all a little unbelievable, but not in the way most thrillers are. And the ending, although it tugged on my heart strings a bit, was disappointing.
I have been such a Sally Hepworth fan since reading The Mother-in-Law two summers ago. Her books are full of mystery and suspense, leaving you wondering what’s about to happen without making you pee your pants or sleep with the light on. They’re typically fun, fast-paced, an easy read. The Good Sister was one of my favorite books from last year.
The Family Next Door is follows three women living in Pleasant Court, a neighborhood living up to it’s name. Isabelle Heatherington moves in and immediately does not fit in, being single and childless. The women are determined to learn more about her, using different methods to do so. Hepworth also gives us a look into the three women’s home life and marriages, weaving their stories together.
This is an easy read, it will keep you entertained and wanting more at the end of each chapter. It, however, also left me wanting more at the end of the book. I felt like it fell a bit flat. It has been a while since I finished, so I may be misremembering, but I don’t remember the point of knowing Ange and Fran’s backstories and secrets. Overall, not my favorite Sally Hepworth book.