My Thoughts

This was my first Shari Lapena book, and it definitely won’t be my last, yes I say that a lot on here! I’m really trying to focus on my backlist more, and I’ve had this one around for awhile.

This was such a good suspenseful page turner!  I devoured this book, and I could have read it in one setting, but you know,  life!  The author wastes no time, and gets straight to it with someone getting murdered in the first few pages.  The murder weapon was a hammer, and to me that is the worst murder weapon of all!  We quickly find out who was killed, and all the neighbors are questioned.

Every single neighbor has something to hide!  Some more than others, but it’s all pretty juicy to me!  One of the neighbors’ sons has also been breaking into houses, and they just happened to break into the house of the person who was murdered.  I love how we get to know each neighbor and their families.  Some chapters start with one suspect, and end with another so you really have to pay attention.  There are also two detectives working the case so we get to follow along with their thoughts on the investigation.  Which is always fascinating to me.

At one point I thought at least every neighbor was a murderer.  However when the true killer is revealed…well let’s just say they were a blip on my radar until someone else’s secrets were revealed and then it had to be the other person!

If you like a surprise at every turn, then this is the book for you!  I was drawn in from the first page, and didn’t want to put it down.  You know it’s a good book when you stay up way past your bedtime.

I do wonder if there will be a follow up to this book because it was left pretty open at the end.  On to the next Lapena book!

Book Rating: 5/5

Wine Pairing:  Cháteau De Santenay Mercurey 1er Cru Rouge Les Puillets


Goodreads Synopsis

Maybe you don’t know your neighbors as well as you thought you did. . .

“I’m so sorry. My son has been getting into people’s houses. He’s broken into yours.”

In a quiet, leafy suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses–and into the owners’ computers as well. Learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too.

Who is he, and what might he have uncovered? As whispers start to circulate, suspicion mounts. And when a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches the breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they’re telling? And how far will all these very nice people go to protect their little secrets?

In this neighborhood, it’s not just the husbands and wives who play games. Here, everyone in the family has something to hide. . .

You never really know what people are capable of.