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Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan

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Celeste Ng’s enthralling dissection of suburbia meets Shirley Jackson’s creeping dread in this propulsive literary noir, when a sudden tragedy exposes the depths of deception and damage in a Long Island suburb—pitting neighbor against neighbor and putting one family in terrible danger.

Welcome to Maple Street, a picture-perfect slice of suburban Long Island, its residents bound by their children, their work, and their illusion of safety in a rapidly changing world.

But menace skulks beneath the surface of this exclusive enclave, making its residents prone to outrage. When the Wilde family moves in, they trigger their neighbors’ worst fears. Dad Arlo’s a gruff has-been rock star with track marks. Mom Gertie’s got a thick Brooklyn accent, with high heels and tube tops to match. Their weird kids cuss like sailors. They don’t fit with the way Maple Street sees itself.

Though Maple Street’s Queen Bee, Rhea Schroeder—a lonely college professor repressing a dark past—welcomed Gertie and her family at first, relations went south during one spritzer-fueled summer evening, when the new best friends shared too much, too soon. By the time the story opens, the Wildes are outcasts.

As tensions mount, a sinkhole opens in a nearby park, and Rhea’s daughter Shelly falls inside. The search for Shelly brings a shocking accusation against the Wildes. Suddenly, it is one mom’s word against the other’s in a court of public opinion that can end only in blood.

A riveting and ruthless portrayal of American suburbia, Good Neighbors excavates the perils and betrayals of motherhood and friendships and the dangerous clash between social hierarchy, childhood trauma, and fear.

 

Condition: New

Hardcover, Published February 2, 2021 by Atria Books

ISBN: 9781982144364

 

2 reviews for Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan

  1. @Beachbubblesbooks

    In Good Neighbors suburban life takes center stage, the rare occurrence of a sinkhole in a local park providing a focal point for tensions to spill over during a sticky summer. Sensationalist it is not, rather a perceptive probing of issues impacting a community within the confines of a single street, nudged on by the ripple effect of local disaster.

    I appreciated the structure of this book, broken into five sections, each beginning with a street map and index of residents. Whilst this holds greater relevance to the story, it was also a welcomed aide-memoire for a novel with a cast of many characters, helping me neatly avoid pace being lost through poor reader recollection.

    Less so a thriller than a sustained spectrum of suspense, complex human experiences are eked out throughout the novel’s course. Opening on a party to which one family isn’t invited, anyone who has ever experienced a feeling of rejection is sure to relate, experiences such as these and their impacts written in a manner which not only evokes empathy, but also triggers self-reflection on the damaging effects on others of behaviors which range from the seemingly innocuous to cruel.

    As life in the neighborhood becomes ever bleaker and gossip becomes gospel, for me, the children are truly the heroes of this story, their resilience in the face of loss of control of their parents a bright light in the otherwise cautionary tale of the darkness that can lurk in the experiences that shape us.

    A truly unique read that I certainly shan’t forget.

    As a Thriller Book Lover Reviewer, I receive a small compensation for the time it takes me to provide my honest reviews on the Thriller Book Lover website. Although I receive compensation for this role, my reviews are my 100% honest opinion. My ratings have not been influenced in any way by the compensation that I receive. The book review I have provided here is the same rating I would provide if I were to rate it on other book reviewing sites.

  2. Blondethrillerbooklover

    People have been saying there are so many books alike now, well look no further for something different!

    This book is like a mixture of Stand By Me, Big Little Lies and an episode of The Twilight Zone 😳

    It’s definitely the black sheep of its domestic thriller family 😂

    It’s about a tightknit group of neighbors on idyllic, suburban Maple Street.
    A new family moves onto the street…. they seem a little different…
    Soon after, the drama begins.

    Then, a sinkhole opens up in the park near their houses and one of the kids falls in. Things quickly spiral out of control and the mob mentality takes over….
    It. Gets. Crazy.
    ___

    The writing is edgy…. several times I thought to myself “wow, she really took it there!”

    I understand she is an award winning Horror author and I look forward to checking out her other books!

    *As a Thriller Book Lover Reviewer, I receive a small compensation for the time it takes me to provide my honest reviews on the Thriller Book Lover website. Although I receive compensation for this role, my reviews are my 100% honest opinion. My ratings have not been influenced in any way by the compensation that I receive. The book review I have provided here is the same rating I would provide if I were to rate it on other book reviewing sites.

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