Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
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Neighborhood Watch by Cammie McGovern

Title: Neighborhood Watch
Author: Cammie McGovern
Genre: Mystery, psychological thriller
Setting: A suburb in Massachusetts, the present day.
Reason for Reading: It was on some lists of best mysteries of 2010.
Finished In: Days
Pages: 274
Copyright Date: 2010
Cover: Kind of creepy - a pair of sunken eyes peering out through window slats. The title of the book looks like a sticker on the window.
First line: "Violence in the suburbs is not accompanied by the sounds we associate with it within cities."
Themes: Suburbs, librarians, cats, teenagers, adultery, jail.
Best part: I could not foresee the plot twists, some of them were truly surprising.
Worst part: Reading this book made me feel somewhat edgy. Also, there were some side plots I anticipated that didn't come to fruition on page, and I couldn't tell if the author didn't think of them or if they were meant to just be subtexts for the reader that the protagonist doesn't get.
Imaginary Theme Song: Little houses on the hillside, little houses made of ticky-tacky...
Grade: C+
Recommended for: Fans of slowly progressing mysteries.
Related Reads: They Did It With Love by Kate Morgenroth. What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman. Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs.

Betsy Treading has just been released from jail, exonerated for the murder of her unlikeable neighbor by new DNA evidence. The old neighborhood isn't the same - but the buried secrets are still there. The identity of the killer is not the only surprise in this strange and compelling tale.
Tags: books 2011, fiction
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