Book Review: Good Neighbors by Susan Langan


Book Title: Good Neighbors by Sarah Langan
Rating: 4 stars (🌟🌟🌟🌟)
Publisher:  Atria Books

The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street, people (Twilight Zone reference)! And the ecological breakdown isn't helping. 

I found this one to be quite the page-turner and really, it's because as I was reading there was a whole lot of "Oh, no." and "What?!" as read along. All good things and I'm glad to have got to read this one. I don't want to give spoilers but this was a good read and I recommend it. I'd read another by Langan.

Many thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the Advance Reader's Copy.

Summary: 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.
Arlo Wilde, a gruff has-been rock star who’s got nothing to show for his fame but track marks, is always two steps behind the other dads. His wife, beautiful ex-pageant queen Gertie, feels socially ostracized and adrift. Spunky preteen Julie curses like a sailor and her kid brother Larry is called “Robot Boy” by the kids on the block.

Their next-door neighbor and Maple Street’s Queen Bee, Rhea Schroeder—a lonely community college professor repressing her own dark past—welcomes Gertie and family into the fold. Then, during one spritzer-fueled summer evening, the new best friends share too much, too soon.

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 that spins out of control. 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.

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