The Neighbors by Hannah Mary McKinnon

  • Title:  The Neighbors
  • Author:  Hannah Mary McKinnon
  • Genre:  Contemporary Fiction
  • Pages:  384
  • Publish Date:  March 13, 2018 – MIRA
  • Source:  Publisher; NetGalley

Description:  Abby looks forward to meeting the family who just moved in across the street—until she realizes they’re the one couple who could expose her deepest secrets.

After a night of fun back in 1992, Abby is responsible for a car crash that kills her beloved brother. It’s a mistake she can never forgive, so she pushes away Liam, the man she loves most, knowing that he would eventually hate her for what she’s done, the same way she hates herself.

Twenty years later, Abby’s husband, Nate, is also living with a deep sense of guilt. He was the driver who first came upon the scene of Abby’s accident, the man who pulled her to safety before the car erupted in flames—the man who could not save her brother in time. It’s this guilt, this regret, that binds them together. They understand each other. Or so Nate believes.

In a strange twist of fate, Liam moves into the neighborhood with his own family, releasing a flood of memories that Abby has been trying to keep buried all these years. Abby and Liam, in a complicit agreement, pretend never to have met, yet cannot resist the pull of the past—nor the repercussions of the terrible secrets they’ve both been carrying… (publisher)

My take:  The Neighbors is the story of Abby and Nate and Nancy and Liam who are new neighbors. The remarkable thing about that is Abby and Liam share a past. They knew each other many years ago but don’t let on to their spouses. Both are equally shocked to find themselves living near each other. You can imagine the various directions the plot could go. And it does. So much so that near the end my neck felt sore from all the twists and turns! I kid about my neck but not about the twists and turns. This book has all the makings of a night-time tv drama. As it played out I just shook my head and thought “really?!” That said, if you’re looking for an entertaining read you might want to pick up a copy of The Neighbors. Even though I found it more than a bit far-fetched I looked forward to picking it up each time to see what would happen next.


13 thoughts on “The Neighbors by Hannah Mary McKinnon

  1. Hmm, I am fascinated…but I like books with some plausibility to the twists and turns. But I do love a book about secrets from the past, and a book that I want to keep picking up to read more. So…maybe! Thanks for sharing.


  2. I’ve been wondering about this one. The premise is a little familiar – sort of. However, I’ll likely try it at some point.


  3. Hmm, so the synopsis sounds good but I am not too sure about the plot twists that you mention… I dislike it when couples get really tangled up!


  4. This premise sounded really good, however after reading about some of your reservations, I do admit that I went and checked the book out on Goodreads.

    I was perhaps a little surprised that the ratings and reviews were quite as good as they were and I am still very tempted to give ‘The Neighbors’ a try for myself.

    Thanks for the very even-handed review and Happy Reading for the rest of the week 🙂



  5. Oh wow, sounds like a very interesting story. My mind is going to different directions right now, trying to guess the twists and turns. Sounds unputdownable. Thank you for sharing. 😁❤️👍🏻


  6. Sometimes plot twists are awesome and sometimes exhausting. It is interesting, though, how people who knew each other in the past can wind up near one another.


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