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The New York Times bestselling coauthor of the "creepy-crawly tale" (The New York Times Book Review) An Anonymous Girl and The Wife Between Us questions just how well we really know our neighbors in this "deliciously fun beach read" (People) about an idyllic neighborhood whose sublime façade hides shocking secrets.
Newport Cove, where spontaneous block parties occur on summer nights and all of the streets are named for flowers, is proud of being one of the safest neighborhoods in America. It's also one of the most secret-filled.

After a decade as a stay-at-home mom, Kellie Scott is back to work in an office. She's adjusting to high heels, scrambling to cook dinner for her family, and—following years of feeling invisible—soaking in the dangerous attention of a handsome colleague.

Kellie's neighbor Susan Barrett begins every day with fresh resolutions: She won't eat any carbs, she'll go to bed at a reasonable hour, and she'll stop stalking her ex-husband and his new girlfriend.

Gigi Kennedy's husband is running for political office, which means her old skeletons, ones she wants to keep hidden at any cost, are in danger of being dragged into the light.

Then a new family moves into this peaceful cul-de-sac. Tessa Campbell seems pleasant enough, if a bit quiet. But soon it becomes clear that Tessa is hiding the most explosive secret of all—one with deadly consequences.

Written in Sarah Pekkanen's signature "gripping" (People) style, The Perfect Neighbors "transforms clichéd suburban troubles—from adolescent drama to infidelity—into a compelling, suspenseful tale" (Kirkus Reviews).

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Newport Cove, where spontaneous block parties occur on summer nights and all of the streets are named for flowers, is proud of being one of the safest neighborhoods in America. It's also one of the most secret-filled.

After a decade as a stay-at-home mom, Kellie Scott is back to work in an office. She's adjusting to high heels, scrambling to cook dinner for her family, and—following years of feeling invisible—soaking in the dangerous attention of a handsome colleague.

Kellie's neighbor Susan Barrett begins every day with fresh resolutions: She won't eat any carbs, she'll go to bed at a reasonable hour, and she'll stop stalking her ex-husband and his new girlfriend.

Gigi Kennedy's husband is running for political office, which means her old skeletons, ones she wants to keep hidden at any cost, are in danger of being dragged into the light.

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        On the suburban avenue of one of America's 20 safest communities, four women hide secrets beneath work and family. Pekkanen (Things You Won't Say, 2015, etc.) deftly intertwines four stories into a tapestry depicting the frayed seams underlying small-town American domesticity. Newport Cove is bound together by Wine and Whine nights for the women, block parties for the children, and an electronic listserv riddled with passive-aggressive messages about dog poop, the propriety of political comments, and snarky advice. Worn down by her teenage daughter's sulky tantrums, Gigi could always rely on her husband for support, but now his political ambitions threaten not only to expose her less-than-perfect past, but also to endanger her happy home. Barely surviving her recent divorce from Randall, Susan comforts herself with work and caring for her son, Cole. So why does she find herself obsessing over her ex-husband and his girlfriend, Daphne? Maybe it's because Daphne was her friend first. Back at work after years of being a stay-at-home mom, Kellie delights in the attentions of her handsome, married co-worker even though she loves her own husband dearly. It's just an innocent crush, right? Tessa, her husband, and children have recently and rather suddenly moved to Newport Cove. They seem friendly, if a little standoffish. That is, until Harry has a nearly hysterical fit at the Halloween parade, thinking another father is trying to abduct his son. A mistress of women's fiction, Pekkanen transforms cliched suburban troubles--from adolescent drama to infidelity--into a compelling, suspenseful tale. Indeed, as Gigi, Susan, and Kellie struggle to upend their lives, it's Tessa who harbors the darkest secret. And Pekkanen parcels out the clues slowly, ratcheting up the suspense, slowly exposing every parent's worst fears. Of course, in the end, friendship binds them together with saccharine ties. A Peyton Place with warm hearts.

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        Living in an idyllic neighborhood doesn't mean equally perfect lives for the residents of Newport Cove in the latest novel from fan-favorite Pekkanen (Things You Won't Say, 2015). Kellie has returned to work after 10 years raising her children, and the attention she receives from a handsome coworker has her looking at the future with her childhood-sweetheart husband, Jason, with new qualms. Her best friend Susan's marriage fell apart when her career took off, and now her ex has announced that he's getting remarried and having a baby with the neighbor he fell in love with during their marriage's dissolution. Their friend Gigi's husband is running for Congress, and she's worried about how bad choices from her past could disrupt his campaign and jeopardize her relationship with her daughters. Then there's the new neighbor, Tessa, who is hiding the biggest secret of them all. Pekkanen uncovers the hopes, heartbreaks, and indiscretions that lurk behind a community's carefully maintained facade in this engrossing novel reminiscent of Liane Moriarty's suburban-set mysteries. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Women's-fiction star Pekkanen's latest novel will be energetically promoted as the perfect summer read.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2016, American Library Association.)

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Newport Cove, where spontaneous block parties occur on summer nights and all of the streets are named for flowers, is proud of being one of the safest neighborhoods in America. It's also one of the most secret-filled.

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