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I suspect this may be a book my sister would likethan I did, although that s never a safe bet This novel describes a circle of suburban neighbors Joe and Allison, a happy seeming couple Sam and Gloria, two lesbians adjusting now that their husbands have commandeered custody of their children Dick and Dorothy, a stodgy couple with a self righteous insistence on propriety Jessalyn, who works as some kind of private call girl the mysterious Sun family who talks to no one and maybe on I suspect this may be a book my sister would likethan I did, although that s never a safe bet This novel describes a circle of suburban neighbors Joe and Allison, a happy seeming couple Sam and Gloria, two lesbians adjusting now that their husbands have commandeered custody of their children Dick and Dorothy, a stodgy couple with a self righteous insistence on propriety Jessalyn, who works as some kind of private call girl the mysterious Sun family who talks to no one and maybe one or two other people but I don t remember who The catalyst for chaos on the block is the unexpected appearance of Joe s 17 year old illegitimate daughter, 9 months pregnant Joe and Allison s marriage is thrown into a tailspin Sam annoys Gloria with her efforts to help Diana and Joe Dick and Dorothy are horrified when Diana starts a relationship with their son Kevin, etc., etc Little by little, we get to know the various characters in this story and their reactions to the chain of events set into motion by Diana s arrival.This book was decently written but pretty bleak The characters were certainly three dimensional, which is nice, but no one was particularly likeable, not even well intentioned Sam I think it went on just a little too long, and I m a little tired of books that paint suburban individuals as shallow, meaningless twits who live for gossip and not much else It s decent, and I did give it three stars I just didn t love it in spite of its good points I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, Thanks I liked this novel it was interesting and well written I don t think it was exactly what I was expecting but it was entertaining I thought there would be a littlecrime mystery type element to the story I would describe it is a tale of the American suburbs What is going on behind the neighbor s doors Who is doing what, to whom, where and when There are some of the standard stereotypes but I didn t think they were too clich I didn t fe I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, Thanks I liked this novel it was interesting and well written I don t think it was exactly what I was expecting but it was entertaining I thought there would be a littlecrime mystery type element to the story I would describe it is a tale of the American suburbs What is going on behind the neighbor s doors Who is doing what, to whom, where and when There are some of the standard stereotypes but I didn t think they were too clich I didn t feel like they were all flat two dimensional characters I found myself wondering who was going to come though this unscathed I can recommend this novel for anyone looking for a human drama, it is not a thriller and I don t think was intended to be but it was entertaining I didn t guess the ending half way through, and I liked that I liked being surprised by the end Give it a look and enjoy Diana Jones is seventeen and pregnant when she shows up on the doorstep of the father she s never met Joe Montana lives in a good neighborhood in San Diego, the kind where exteriors are well kept and interiors are presumed to be tidy as well But Diana s messy arrival, and her subsequent disappearance during the chaos of a wildfire evacuation, turns into the loose thread that causes large chunks of the neighborhood to begin to unravel.The story starts from Diana s perspective but shifts back an Diana Jones is seventeen and pregnant when she shows up on the doorstep of the father she s never met Joe Montana lives in a good neighborhood in San Diego, the kind where exteriors are well kept and interiors are presumed to be tidy as well But Diana s messy arrival, and her subsequent disappearance during the chaos of a wildfire evacuation, turns into the loose thread that causes large chunks of the neighborhood to begin to unravel.The story starts from Diana s perspective but shifts back and forth between others on the street, including Joe s wife, who is unable to cope with this step daughter she never knew she had, a neighbor whose plans to build a happy home with her lesbian lover were thwarted by a vindictive ex husband, and a seeming Stepford housewife who carries a heavier burden than anyone on the street would suspect While this novel is framed by the mystery of Diana s disappearance, it is less a tale of suspense than one of introspection As the struggles and trials of the characters unfolded, there was something satisfying and real about the view Ginsberg provided into their lives the choices they made, and how they coped with the results they never expected Recommended with the caveat that it sof a character driven novel than the marketing would suggest This book just goes to show you, you really don t know what people are going through in their lives I was totally shocked by the ending I personally hate neighbor s that butt in and have to be gossip hounds Karma will get those that continue to do damage Until then This is a great book and I highly recommend it ( Read ) ☸ The Neighbors Are Watching ♀ Set against the backdrop of the deadlywildfires that forced the evacuation of half a million San Diego residents, Debra Ginsberg s new novel, The Neighbors Are Watching, examines the dark side of suburbia a place where everyone has something to hide Aside from their annual block party, the neighbors on Fuller Court tend to keep to themselves which doesn t mean that they aren t all watching and judging each other on the sly So when pregnant teenager Diana Jones shows up, literally, on her biological father s doorstep, the neighbors can t stop talking Joe Montana is a handsome restaurant manager who failed to tell his wife Allison that he fathered a baby with an ex girlfriend seventeen years ago Allison, already harboring her own inner resentments, takes the news very badly She isn t the only one Diana s bombshell arrival in their quiet cul de sac sets off a chain reaction of secrets and lies that threatento engulf the neighborhood along with the approaching flames from two huge wildfires fanned by the Santa Ana windsA former reality TV contestant who receives a steady stream of gentlemen callers at all hours, two women forced to hide their relationship in order to keep custody of their children, a sanctimonious housewife with a very checkered past, and a family who nobody ever sees these are just a few of the warring neighbors struggling to keep up appearances and protect their own interests But when lovely, troubled Diana disappears in the aftermath of the wildfire evacuation, leaving her newborn baby and many unanswered questions behind, the residents of Fuller Court must band together to find her before all of their carefully constructed deceptions come unraveled A potent blend of domestic drama and suspense, The Neighbors Are Watching reveals the secrets that bloom alongside manicured flowerbeds and the truths that lurk behind closed doors A fast read Alternating between thriller moments and relationship issues, the author penned an engaging story What intrigued me was the layers of relationship in the neighborhood which is also what creeped me out to some degree I didn t expect it to be as strong as it was, so was pleasantly surprised. I was dissapointed in this book I got bored half way through the book I was expecting alotaction and suspence wrapped around the fires, but got none of that I struggled to finish the book without skipping pages. Neighbors being terrible during fire season.http pussreboots.com blog 2019 comm Neighbors being terrible during fire season.http pussreboots.com blog 2019 comm 3.5 stars Yikes, I hope my neighbors are not like these characters This book was interesting, sort of Peyton Place ish We all have our pasts and our secrets but maybe this neighborhood had a bitthan its share. This review also appears on my blog, posting in its enirety here since I won it through Goodreads First program This book was depressing, uplifting, and makes you think Isn t that the focus of most great books There are multiple themes here at first the nosiness and judging of neighbors, to end with being sure to watch and know what your neighbors are about At first sounds conflicting, but the change in perspective makes sense here The biggest theme really seemed to be with children t This review also appears on my blog, posting in its enirety here since I won it through Goodreads First program This book was depressing, uplifting, and makes you think Isn t that the focus of most great books There are multiple themes here at first the nosiness and judging of neighbors, to end with being sure to watch and know what your neighbors are about At first sounds conflicting, but the change in perspective makes sense here The biggest theme really seemed to be with children through one character being alone, young and pregnant, to another woman who regrets all these years an abortion she had, to a father who never paid attention to having children, to a father who overdominates his child, and to tragic characters who lost their children due to their lifestyles The pain of all is present through the book, the overwhelming burden of caring for a child, the aching emptiness when they re not there any longer.You may imagine and I would guess if hearing this description that this book would be melodramatic Fortunately it is not the author Debra Ginsberg writes it in an almost detached way, yet laying out scenes which are emotionally wrenching, very deep, and very real It s like looking inside a glass house at something played out, the real emotion of the persons mind and secret suffering played out to you.There are secrets in the book and the back of the novel plays up on this for the sake of the story, and it s shown how devestating secrets can be, but really this takes a backstory It s not the secrets that help doom these people, but human selfish nature, evenprevalent than keeping things hidden While their selfishness is not villain worthy and one dimensional, it is realistic and biting How things could be so different, we see as we read and as we finish the read, had they only lived less in themselves It s ironic the book starts out with nosy people wanting to pry into others lives, while they keep so much hidden from even their own families It ends with things exposed and healing but changes from prying for gossip sake to prying for community bonding and emotional support.Ginsberg has created a neighborhood of characters that are very real and, even when they re not traveling moral streets, their actions make sense without having to display much backstory and reasoning It s just the way it is Pacing is a little slow as it sof a character introspection type story Despite the back blurb and the cover, this not a suspsense novel and is most definitely a top notch drama There is a mystery of what happens but it takes a back story to the tragedy of that mystery.I have given four stars rather than five due to a bit too much detachment for my taste the first quarter of the book I feel it could have grabbedof my attention had it delved further into the characters with a unity which would befit it The middle and end shone, however, with worthy points, extreme emotion, and the last page splashes on humans being able to change with uplifting clarity.Definitely recommended for any reader of any genre