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Alison and Justin Tinsdale recently moved to Denver, Colorado from Nebraska. They have been married for seven years and have one five-year-old son. Allison, a social climber, pressured Justin to buy a house they could not afford so she could look affluent and so she could enroll her young son in a high-grade elementary school. Since their transition, economic pressure has become paralyzing and their marriage is deteriorating. Allison is jealous of her neighbor’s seemingly perfect life and longs to be accepted into their cliques.

Bonnie and Bennett Sloan are the ‘king’ and ‘queen’ of the elite suburban enclave with spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains. They are parents of three children and have a family business. Since Bennett’s father passed away, business has been deteriorating … a fact that the Bensons do not want to advertise.

When tragedy strikes one of the families in the enclave, the ‘perfect’ neighbors begin to show their true colors – with alcohol and social media playing a huge role.

This homely, modern thriller would indeed turn pages, though to be cruelly honest, I did not quite like the protagonist, Alison Tinsdale. She was too insecure, she drank too much, and although she loved her son, she was very lacking in parenting skills.

My favorite character was Bonnie Sloan. She seemed a more empathetic woman in my opinion.

The neighborhood tragedy was one that was written with understanding and realism.

The novel talked about the detrimental effect that social media can often have on a faint and delicate situation anyway. It covered issues of materialism, parenthood, dissolution of marriage and parental grief.

The ending tied the loose ends of the novel in an orderly and satisfying way. I will definitely read this author’s work again when I’m in the mood for a completely modern thriller.This review was written voluntarily and my rating was not affected in any way by the fact that I received a free digital copy of this novel from Source books Landmark NetGalley.

ISBN: 9781728206684 – ASIN: B08VDKSZBW – 352 pages


Rebecca Taylor Born to a single British teenager during a snowstorm in February in Green Bay, Wisconsin. When she was three, her mother met and married an American Marine. Like many children in military families, Rebecca spent the next fifteen years of her life in the movement. From Canada to Okinawa, and then all over the United States, she attended eight different schools before graduating from high school.

Given that, she did not really understand how people manage to stay in one place for more than twelve months. So, she spent her twenties working as an international flight attendant while studying for degrees in psychology and sociology. It was only when she was pregnant with her first child and working on her master’s degree in psychology that she began writing literature.

Rebecca has written eight novels since: ASCENDANT won the Colorado Book Award in 2014, and AFFECTIVE NEEDS was nominated for a final RITA Award for Romance Writers of America in 2017. Her Perfect Life was her first psychological fiction work and was published in Sourcebooks in 2020.

Fortunately, Rebecca eventually learned how to sit and stay. Today she lives in sunny Colorado with her husband, two teens, two dogs, two cats, two fish … there seems to be something in number two for her.

THE SECRET NEXT DOOR, her eighth novel, was published by Sourcebooks on November 9, 2021.

Follow Rebecca Taylor on Twitter @RebeccaAuthor ;
Or on Instagram @RebeccaTaylorBooks

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Literary critic; Librarian Goodreads. Retired library catalog – more time to read! Loves books, gardening and red wine. I have been a visiting member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.

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