Review: The Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen

Perfect Neighbors takes us into the homes of an idyllic suburban neighborhood where we discover the burning secrets hiding just below the surface.

Bucolic Newport Cove, where spontaneous block parties occur on balmy nights and all of the streets are named for flowers, is proud of its distinction of being named one the top twenty safest neighborhoods in the US.

It’s also one of the most secret-filled.

Kellie Scott has just returned to work after a decade of being a stay-at-home mom. She’s adjusting to high heels, scrambling to cook dinner for her family after a day at the office—and soaking in the dangerous attention of a very handsome, very married male colleague. Kellie’s neighbor Susan Barrett begins every day with fresh resolutions: she won’t eat any carbs. She’ll go to bed at a reasonable hour. And she’ll stop stalking her ex-husband and his new girlfriend. Gigi Kennedy seems to have it all together—except her teenage daughter has turned into a hostile stranger and her husband is running for Congress, which means her old skeletons are in danger of being brought into the light.

Then a new family moves to this quiet, tree-lined cul-de-sac. Tessa Campbell seems friendly enough to the other mothers, if a bit reserved. Then the neighbors notice that no one is ever invited to Tessa’s house. And soon, it becomes clear Tessa is hiding the biggest secret of all. 

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**** 4 Star Review ****

This was my first book by this author and I couldn't have been more pleased. This book wasn't the usual dark and twisted book that I tend to gravitate to, which is why I liked it. Sometimes it's good to switch it up some.

The storytelling in this book is very unique. I loved feeling like I was on the outside looking in at these families' lives. And the little neighborhood newsletters were an added treat that made me giggle.

This is definitely an enlightening book on families and the different dynamics that make up individual families. The faces we all put on for others are the same ones we wear behind closed doors. This book is the perfect example of that. No one is perfect and no one has the perfect family. This book is the perfect example to show just that.