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The Perfect Neighbourhood by Liz Alterman @LizAlterman @Legend_Times_ #ThePerfectNeighborhood #TheClqrt #BookReview #BookBlogger

Legend Times July 2022

Book Description

When actress Allison Langley leaves her former rockstar husband in the middle of the night, her sudden departure becomes the talk of upmarket Oak Hill. But the relentless gossip comes to an abrupt halt when five-year-old Billy Barnes disappears on his walk home from kindergarten. Is there a predator lurking in the leafy suburb? Weeks later, three-year-old Amy-Pat Davies vanishes from her backyard. In addition to sharing a zip code, the missing children have another thing in common – their babysitter, Cassidy McLean, who has a secret of her own.

My Thoughts

Thank you to Olivia at Legend Times for inviting me to be involved with the blog tour of this book, which was published in July. The author is visiting the UK from the USA so we wanted to make a bit of noise about this book in celebration of that.

I liked the vibe of this book from the outset, the use of the first person plural was reminiscence of Big Little Lies and I liked this use of the collective reflecting back on what had happened. The book is told from a number of perspectives and in writing it this way the author succeeds in creating a ‘neighbourhood’ feel, where people talk – they gossip while also holding varied views.

The plot for this book is strong and I liked the way the story unfolded, while I had worked it out, in all honesty it was not much before the reveal began. There were a lot of characters but despite the book being relatively short (316 pages) they were all well developed and so easy to recall

This is the story of an upmarket neighbourhood, inhabited by successful and affluent families and it is cliquey, similar in some ways to Little Fires Everywhere (reviewed here). Scandal is followed by alarm – a high profile wife leaves her husband and then a child disappears, the gossip train is running at full pelt and everyone has a view. The spotlight shines on the babysitter and judgement is cast for how others parent. Guilt runs high, particularly for Rachel – a rare working mother and cracks in her relationship are quickly noted.

The execution of this story is excellent in capitalising on what we all know about people and communities and using this medium to tell the story is effective in creating an engaging page turner of a story where the reader can almost fill the part of a bystander, part of the aforementioned community. A superb ending left me gleefully contemplating and for this great read that really was the icing on the cake.

About the Author

Liz Alterman is the author of a young adult novel, He’ll Be Waiting, and a memoir, Sad Sacked. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Parents and other outlets. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and three sons where she spends most days microwaving the same cup of coffee and looking up synonyms. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading.

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