Abby and Nate have a great life. Both have great jobs and love their teenage daughter, Sarah. Underlying their relationship, though, is the guilt they feel over a car accident that killed Abby’s brother twenty years ago and ultimately brought them together. Then, The Neighbors move in next door. Turns out the husband is the man that Abby pushed away after the accident, choosing Nate instead. Both Abby and Liam, the man next door, decided to hide their previous involvement. Everybody has secrets in this story, but secrets can’t always stay hidden, and they will have terrible consequences once revealed.
I’m very conflicted about this book. Every character was terrible. They are terrible to each other, keeping secrets that ultimately destroy them and the people around them. And in the end, those who are left in the aftermath don’t learn from the mistakes of others, deciding to keep more secrets. At the same time, it’s a great reflection on human nature and how destructive we can be. There are times we all tend to think that keeping a secret will be better in the long run, even if we know it will ruin rather than repair or maintain a relationship.
It felt like affairs and lies were being promoted throughout this book. As in, it’s okay to cheat on your spouse if you don’t really love them, especially if you had dated your liaison before your marriage. Even when everything ended horribly, it came across as it just didn’t work out the best this time, but it wasn’t wrong. This book is labeled as suspense, but there really isn’t any. You can clearly see from the beginning how this downward spiral is going to end, and it becomes very hard to feel bad for them when they continue to make bad choice after bad choice. Although it is a good example of people at their worst, I wouldn’t read it again.
Hannah Mary McKinnon