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The Neighbor's Secret
The Neighbor's Secret: A Novel | L. Alison Heller
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BookNightOwl
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I really did like this book. I liked the individual stories with all the different characters. The book club was the best part of the book. It really makes the reader feel like you wish you could be part of the book club or part of their group. This book deals with a murder, lies and half truths. It was a fun read.

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mcipher
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Currently reading 📚 for book club 📚 plus unrelated pic of my husband on our Oregon trip a few weeks ago. I‘m still thinking about those trees and beaches… 🌲 🌊 Side note: I‘m reading a lot this year and started buying too many books, but haven‘t been writing reviews (or posting here). Anyone else feel like their reading is still “off”? 😳 Each pandemic year has brought such strange reading changes for me.

OrangeMooseReads Yes. My reading is definitely “off”. 6mo
EvieBee What an amazing picture!! 6mo
Lcsmcat I agree that the pandemic has changed my reading. But maybe it‘s helpful to think of your reading as being “different” rather than “off.” No value judgment, just change. I‘ve had lots of those changes in my decades of reading. 6mo
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Lindy My reading hasn‘t been off, but my inclination to review has certainly been flagging. I‘m trying to remedy that by posting Litsy reviews before moving on to new books because I like being able to look back on my own thoughts. (PS I love your photo from your trip.) 6mo
Leftcoastzen Oh man ! Beautiful picture, I miss Oregon trees & Northern California trees! 6mo
mcipher @EvieBee Thank you! It‘s so gorgeous there, it was easy to take great pictures 😆 6mo
mcipher @Lcsmcat Good point, I guess my perspective is pandemic = negative and that‘s not always true when it comes to the changes it‘s brought! And you‘re right, my reading has changed a lot in my life (I want to go back to kid summer reading!! That was the best) 6mo
mcipher @Leftcoastzen Our plan is to move there this year and I am SO excited. East coast trees are nice but I‘m just in love with west coast trees now!! 6mo
mcipher @Lindy That‘s a good idea! Maybe a platform change would help - I usually do goodreads reviews and I know I‘ll miss this year‘s when I look back at my books. And thanks!! 🙃 6mo
Gissy Love that picture! Those trees are beautiful! So big 🌲😍 6mo
mcipher @Gissy They‘re mind blowing - so big!! 6mo
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Victoriahoperose
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This one was definitely in between for me where I really liked it, but didn‘t love certain parts. I didn‘t actually love the characters and this did remind me of Big Little Lies a little bit. The mystery drug on a bit but I loved the book club parts of the group and the relationships between the women and their kids. I thought it came together well, but was a bit slow at some parts.

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FelinesAndFelonies
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed the idea for this book. I also liked the snark in some of the dialogue. What bothered me was the poor writing skills. The use of metaphors was over the top, to the point that I found it distracting.
Murder mystery in an upper class book club. Uppity women with secrets. Kids with issues. And everyone drinks everyday.
It was okay. Quick read. Nothing really memorable. #BOTMbacklist. ⭐⭐⭐

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Jemgirl2014
Bailedbailed

Life is too short to waste my time with a boring book. I just couldn‘t get into this one. I bailed after 100 pages.

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bookandbedandtea
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Mehso-so

This was...fine. It didn't capture me like I thought it would but I didn't dislike it; I just felt like it didn't quite live up to expectations.

Cathythoughts What a shame ...it looks like it could have been a good one 9mo
bookandbedandtea @Cathythoughts I had high hopes! And it wasn't bad-- it just wasn't great. 9mo
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GloVerdino
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Oh how I needed this book right now. Fast paced and interesting, perfect for fans of Big Little Lies (and for some reason my pictures aren‘t posting....)

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guinsgirlreads
Bailedbailed

I just can‘t stick with this one. I was 120 pages in and so uninterested I didn‘t even know who the characters were still. Not one for me. 😐

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guinsgirlreads
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Started this one this morning.. 🤔

Megabooks I enjoyed it! 11mo
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rather_be_reading
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Mehso-so

Just eh. It held my attention but the red herring didnt throw me off enough The writing was great, making it a quick read. Dont let the ladies of the Cottonwood Estates Book Club throw you off.

Desha Is it worth leaving it on my TBR for Book of the Month Club? I don‘t want to waste an add-on if it‘s not that great?! 11mo
rather_be_reading @Desha ehhh thats a hard one. It was a good book but if i had to reread it i wouldnt so probably pass. 11mo
Desha Thank you! I‘ll spend the add-on on something else :) 11mo
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rather_be_reading
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Lunch time. Pretty sure im finishing this one today.

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rather_be_reading
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My work views today

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Megabooks
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This is a juicy neighborhood novel in the vein of Big Little Lies. Jenna is concerned her son Abe is a sociopath. Lena is a sad widow in the neighborhood‘s biggest house, and Annie strikes up an unusual friendship with her. Plus Annie‘s 14 year old daughter was caught drunk. And there‘s a vandal loose. Who is it?

While not as propulsive or well written as BLL, this story still moves well among the storylines making for an enjoyable read.

Cinfhen This sounds about where my concentration levels are!! #stacked 11mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I think it‘s up your alley. The audio is very good! 11mo
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rather_be_reading
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Book 192

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rather_be_reading
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Up next....a small Botm backlog

Pemberley I loved The Lying Game. 11mo
BookBosomed1 I enjoyed the Paula McLain book 11mo
rather_be_reading @BookBosomed1 so good! glad i picked that one next 11mo
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SerenaCrawford
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🤩🤩🤩🤩/5 stars. I recommend this book it was good not fantastic but a good quick read.

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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Although this book doesn‘t really offer anything new to the genre, I can‘t deny that it was fun and juicy! I loved the book club theme and inhaled the pages toward the end. The reveals didn‘t pack the punch I had anticipated, though, and I had hoped for more emotional connection and substance overall. #BOTM

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TheNerdyProfessor
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Woke up early to finish The Neighbor's Secret while watching the sun rise. In terms of mysteries, I enjoyed the quick pace and realistic ending. At the outset, you know someone has died but you don't know when or who it was. There was a "twist" near the end that I didn't find too surprising, but overall this was a cohesive quick read. There are a lot of characters to keep track of and a good amount of melodrama. 3.5 ⭐s

sharread That's beautiful! 13mo
Jess861 What a view! 13mo
NikkiM5 First off beautiful picture and I love books that start with a murder, but you don‘t know who is murdered, stacked 👍🏾 13mo
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angel1
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Saturday, Socks and a Stack of great BOTM books!! What could be better?!🌞📚😍
Just finished The Neighbor's Secret this morning and loved it! #botm

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TheNerdyProfessor
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25 weeks pregnant with Baby #2 - decided to treat myself to a massage this weekend. Of course, I made sure to arrive extra early so I had plenty of reading time.

*Side note: I had never heard of this book until I saw it as a BOTM selection. About 60 pages in and I'm intrigued!

Bookwormjillk Congratulations 🎊 13mo
Sargar114 Congrats! I almost picked this one this month, but decided to pass. Next month is my bday month so maybe will use it for the free credit depending on the selection 13mo
Tamra Congratulations! 13mo
IuliaC Congratulations! 👶🎉 13mo
SerenaCrawford Current read 13mo
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LeslieO
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This week in new books: Only two! Just my #BOTM #TBR #bookmailisthebestmail

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mdm139
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If you like Big Little Lies you will like this book. So many secrets in all these book club ladies‘ families.

ICantImReading I‘m excited to read this soon!! 13mo
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swishandflick
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Damn. Hell must have frozen over, this is my third #BOTM skip in a row! I mostly just wanted the Rooney add-on but none of the main picks were tempting enough to pull the trigger. I *almost* caved and went with the tagged book, but then noticed the "mama drama" tag they had given it and promptly changed my mind. Here's hoping I'm excited for October!

Johanna414 I've skipped all summer too! 13mo
Megabooks Mama drama turns me off too! 13mo
rather_be_reading i almost skipped also for my 3rd or 4th month 😪 13mo
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Kimberlone Same! I skipped for the same reasons. 13mo
BarbaraBB Mama drama sounds horrible. Makes me think immediately of this book in that category which I wanted to throw out of thd window at times 13mo
Laughterhp I did the same exact thing. Almost went for the tagged but I‘m not into mama drama. 13mo
Michael_Gee What does mama drama mean? Like Big Little Lies? (edited) 13mo
swishandflick @Michael_Gee It's usually things featuring suburban housewives, haha. I suppose Big Little Lies does fall into that category, though for me that was an exception in the sense that I actually enjoyed it. Most of the time I find myself annoyed (not sure if it's because I'm not a parent and the kiddie drama just doesn't do it for me). 13mo
AvidaLectrix I skip for months at a time too, then suddenly will get several in one month! What catches my eye comes in waves, it appears. 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m going to skip too 😩 13mo
Michael_Gee @swishandflick Got it! Thank you. ☺️ Not my thing, either, but I loved the 1st season of BGL. It‘s really stuck with me. 13mo
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Jemgirl2014
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I'm so excited about these books! Great job, BOTM!

Here is a credit for anybody that wants a free month of BOTM:

https://www.mybotm.com/4s93e9a2567?show_box=true

BeeMagical I wish they shipped to Canada!! This looks awesome! 13mo
Jemgirl2014 @BeeMagical I see a lot of people from Canada asking for this. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you and my other fellow Canadian readers! 🤞 13mo
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ICantImReading
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Yayy, what a fun way to start out my birthday week!! “The Neighbor‘s Secret” wasn‘t on my radar, but scandal at a neighborhood book club? I‘m in! I‘ve had my eye on “We Were Never Here” for my free birthday add-on since last month! I‘m also excited about Sally Rooney‘s newest, but I chose that for my September #AuthenticBooks box. Thanks #BOTM!! 🥳 📚💜

Jemgirl2014 Enjoy your books and your Birthday weekend! 🤗 13mo
ICantImReading @Jemgirl2014 Thank you so much, that‘s so kind!! 😀 13mo
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erank58
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Ugh, what a letdown...this is the first time in a while I had no interest in any of the #botm picks. With all the huge releases coming out this month (the new Colson Whitehead, Anthony Doerr, and Liane Moriarty) I was really surprised that I didn't recognize any of these titles. I'll wait for some reviews and see what others think of these...

Reviewsbylola Their selections this year have been so disappointing imo. I‘m picking the memoir but the other four selections don‘t interest me in the slightest. 13mo
Kimberlone Same! From other peoples picks I can see there were some good add-ones but none of the main picks were worth it for me. 13mo
erank58 @Reviewsbylola agreed--there have been a few gems and a few surprises this year, but overal 2021 has not been the best for BOTM ☹ 13mo
erank58 @Kimberlone this has been a trend all year for me, that the add-ons catch my attention but the main picks are just meh! I'll use this month to my advantage and try to catch up on my backlog 👍 13mo
Kimberlone @erank58 that‘s what I‘m thinking! 13mo
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