Thank You to Atria Books for providing me with an advanced copy of Sarah Pekkanen's novel, The Perfect Neighbors, in exchange for an honest review.
PLOT- The suburb of Newport Cove is the perfect place to raise a family. It's a beautiful town with friendly neighbors, that has been named one of the safest communities in America. However, the people of Newport Cove may not be as perfect as they appear.
LIKE- Pekkanen has a knack for character development and through this, she creates a vibrant community that populates her fictional town. I cared about her characters and was compelled to keep turning the page. This is a quick, light read. I liked humor of the town internet message board, that is woven throughout the story. The Perfect Neighbors was much more light-hearted than I anticipated, great for my vacation reading.
DISLIKE- The original description of the story was misleading, making me think that it would be more of a mystery or suspense novel. In the end, I felt like this was a light version of Desperate Housewives. The twist was more mildly sad, than a surprise. If my expectations had been different, I probably wouldn't have felt a disappointment towards the ending.
RECOMMEND- Maybe. This is a good summer type of read. I'm not a fan of stereotyping books, but The Perfect Neighbors is pure chick-lit. I wouldn't recommend it to any of my male friends. I enjoyed the story and Pekkanen's writing, but I'm not sure that her book will be one that sticks in my memory.