Today I am reviewing The Perfect Neighbourhood by Liiz Alterman, published by Legend Press.
When actress and model Allison Langley leaves her former rockstar husband, Christopher, in the middle of the night, it’s all her Oak Hill neighbors can talk about. The gossip comes to an abrupt halt when five-year-old Billy Barnes goes missing on his walk home from kindergarten.
Billy’s mother, Rachel, blames herself for being at work and letting her only child walk alone. Cassidy, Billy’s teenage babysitter, was also late to arrive on the afternoon he disappeared and blames herself for his disappearance.
As the clock ticks down, police are unable to find any trace of Billy, forcing Rachel to ponder the enemies she’s made in their well-off suburb. Could it be one of her neighbors who stole her son? Would they abduct Billy to hurt her? How easy would it be to take a child while the parents or nannies are distracted?
When another child goes missing, the town is put under a microscope as the police try to get to the bottom of the disappearances. Will they be able to find the two children, or will it be too late? What secrets lie at the heart of this tragedy, and how far will one go to keep those dangerous secrets buried?
“Think you know your neighbours…Think again…”
The Perfect Neighbourhood is a tale that puts the dark side of suburbia and the secrets of close-knit communities under the microscope.
I really enjoy stories that are in this vain and The Perfect Neighbourhood is another to add to my list of favourites. Alterman has crafted an entertaining read that had me glued to the pages from start to finish.
Told from multiple points of view, we get a good inside look into the characters lives, who are diverse and well developed. The mystery of the missing children plays out well with some great twists and turns.
The pace is fast, the writing is engaging and draws you in and all round I enjoyed the ride I was taken on. My first book from Liz Alterman has been a great reading experience and I look forward to reading more from her.
Thank you to Liz Alterman, Legend Press and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of The Perfect Neighbourhood, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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LET’S GET TO KNOW LIZ ALTERMAN
Liz Alterman’s work can be found in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Parents, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and other publications.
She is the author of a young adult novel, He’ll Be Waiting, a memoir, Sad Sacked, and a domestic suspense novel, The Perfect Neighborhood.
Liz lives in New Jersey with her husband and three sons. When she isn’t writing, Liz spends most days reading, microwaving the same cup of coffee, and looking up synonyms