If you are anything like me, you are 101 days away from breathing deeply again, and are generally terrified about the state of the world. In addition, if you are also boycotting most television and internet news, The Perfect Neighbors by Sarah Pekkanen is a pretty fun way to divert yourself from impending terror. Some people may call this women’s fiction, but as far as I will go is to call it a beach read.
The Perfect Neighbors is about the community in one of the safest neighborhoods in the United States called Newport Cove. Newport Cove is one of those places where everyone knows everyone’s business and letting your lawn grow more than 1.25 inches is punishable by formal shunning probably. The story revolves around four women – Kellie, Susan, Gigi and Tessa – in alternating point of view. Refreshingly, all of these women have jobs, some of them are divorced, they don’t have perfect children, and some of them do very dumb things like stalk their ex-boyfriends (relatable).
They also each have a secret – some are small and silly and some are huge and awful. I won’t spoil anything here but I will say that it’s a good combination of humor, mystery, suspense and intrigue. It is more complex than it appears. I’ve heard it compared to Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and I can see that comparison, though I would say it’s not quite as well written.
This is a very well balanced book, it’s not overly dramatic or unrealistic and I enjoyed it a lot.
Grade – B
Next up for me: Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty and The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close until Harry Potter and the Cursed Child gets delivered to my hot little hands on August 3. There’s a weekend ahead and I’m feeling lousy, which is a great excuse to stay in bed and read, not that I’ve ever needed an excuse.