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Neighborhood Watch: A Novel Hardcover – June 10, 2010
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All characters are very real and three dimensional and this novel reads deeper than your average thriller for though it is about a crime the real mysteries revealed are those that are behind the surface of all people. As memories come back and different facts are discovered Betsy continues to become even more complex. The book takes your standard neighborhood in which many families wish to live and definitely says - be careful what you wish for. How all the lives in the neighborhood are intertwined is revealed in a suspenseful, page turning way. So though advertised as a thriller I would rather call this a a psychological profile for that is the process in which the mystery unfolds. The story is far deeper and heartfelt than your average thriller. These are characters you will feel like you know when you are finished and to follow the journey of knowledge with Betsy is a trip you will not soon forget.
I did wish that Betsy would've been less vague as a character. I know her vagueness in many areas was essential to her character and the plot, but I admit to wanting to shake her and say stand up for yourself and go find out who did this awful thing. I also found it hard to believe that someone just out of prison for murdering a neighbor would go back to stay in the neighborhood at all. It felt contrived, but, again, this was essential to the book's development.
As for the ending, I will admit to wondering early in the book if the true murderer was who it did turn out to be. Still, I personally found the revelation left a lot to be desired, but it did show just how mentally unstable Betsy was before she went to prison.
If you're looking for a high-drama, fast-paced action book, this won't be the book for you. I am glad I read it, though, and will probably look into other books by this author.
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