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The Family Next Door

The Family Next Door

A Novel

Sally Hepworth

St. Martin's Press

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"With jaw-dropping discoveries and realistic consequences, this novel is not to be missed. Perfect for lovers of Big Little Lies." —Library Journal, starred review

Small, perfect towns often hold the deepest secrets.

From the outside, Essie’s life looks idyllic: a loving husband, a beautiful house in a good neighborhood, and a nearby mother who dotes on her grandchildren. But few of Essie’s friends know her secret shame: that in a moment of maternal despair, she once walked away from her newborn, asleep in her carriage in a park. Disaster was avoided and Essie got better, but she still fears what lurks inside her, even as her daughter gets older and she has a second baby.

When a new woman named Isabelle moves in next door to Essie, she is an immediate object of curiosity in the neighborhood. Why single, when everyone else is married with children? Why renting, when everyone else owns? What mysterious job does she have? And why is she so fascinated with Essie? As the two women grow closer and Essie’s friends voice their disapproval, it starts to become clear that Isabelle’s choice of neighborhood was no accident. And that her presence threatens to bring shocking secrets to light.

The Family Next Door is Sally Hepworth at her very best: at once a deeply moving portrait of family drama and a compelling suburban mystery that will keep you hooked until the very last page.

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ESSIE

“Fresh air!” Essie’s mother had said to her that morning. “Get that baby out in the fresh air! It will do you both the world of good!”

Now Essie stood under the dubious cover of a palm tree,...

Praise for The Family Next Door

Praise for The Family Next Door:

Big Little Lies fans, this one’s for you.”Harper’s Bazaar

“A book Liane Moriarty fans will love.”Marie Claire

“With jaw-dropping discoveries, and realistic consequences, this novel is not to be missed. Perfect for lovers of Big Little Lies.” —Library Journal, starred review

"Hepworth deftly keeps the reader turning pages and looking for clues, all the while building multilayered characters and carefully doling out bits of their motivations." —Booklist

Praise for The Mother's Promise:

“A heartfelt look at the bonds of motherhood.” —Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Hepworth knows how to spin an engrossing plot.” —New York Journal of Books

“A heartwarming novel that has memorable characters…Hepworth is a talented author who knows how to keep her fans coming back to her stories.”RT Book Reviews

“Hepworth is a gifted writer who makes her readers care about her characters and the issues they’re forced to deal with, those that turn out in their favor and those that do not.” —All About Romance

Praise for The Things We Keep:

Devastatingly beautiful.” —People magazine

“Sure to appeal to fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult, and Lisa Genova; book clubs will be lining up.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Sally Hepworth delivers a beautiful, moving story with thoughtful grace…A lovely novel about the depth of memory, The Things We Keep may leave very few readers with dry eyes.” —Shelf Awareness

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Praise for The Family Next Door:

Big Little Lies fans, this one’s for you.”Harper’s Bazaar

“A book Liane Moriarty fans will love.”Marie Claire

“With jaw-dropping discoveries, and realistic consequences, this novel is not to be missed. Perfect for lovers of Big Little Lies.” —Library Journal, starred review

"Hepworth deftly keeps the reader turning pages and looking for clues, all the while building multilayered characters and carefully doling out bits of their motivations." —Booklist

Praise for The Mother's Promise:

“A heartfelt look at the bonds of motherhood.” —Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“Hepworth knows how to spin an engrossing plot.” —New York Journal of Books

“A heartwarming novel that has memorable characters…Hepworth is a talented author who knows how to keep her fans coming back to her stories.”RT Book Reviews

“Hepworth is a gifted writer who makes her readers care about her characters and the issues they’re forced to deal with, those that turn out in their favor and those that do not.” —All About Romance

Praise for The Things We Keep:

Devastatingly beautiful.” —People magazine

“Sure to appeal to fans of Jojo Moyes, Jodi Picoult, and Lisa Genova; book clubs will be lining up.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“Sally Hepworth delivers a beautiful, moving story with thoughtful grace…A lovely novel about the depth of memory, The Things We Keep may leave very few readers with dry eyes.” —Shelf Awareness

Stunning and beautiful, as well as heartbreaking and inspiring.” —Kirkus Reviews

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Sally Hepworth

SALLY HEPWORTH is a human resource professional. A graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, Sally started writing novels after the birth of her first child. Sally has lived around the world, spending extended periods in Singapore, the UK, and Canada, and she now writes full-time from her home in Melbourne, where she lives with her husband and three young children. She is the author of The Secrets of Midwives, The Things We Keep, and The Mother's Promise.

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