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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.
Most of the neighbors have since died or moved away, one of the latter being her former husband's childhood friend, Geoffrey Steadman, a published author going through writer's block when he moved into Juniper Lane who had charmed every neighbor, male and female, Betsy among them. But she is compelled, even after all these years, to find the real killer. The one constant through the book is that everyone has things they hide, from themselves and others: "All of us carried secrets inside of us, ticking like bombs waiting to detonate."
Betsy is a woman given to panic attacks and parasomnia [more commonly referred to as sleepwalking]. She has never quite broken free of the effects of her troubled childhood, and has been haunted as well by her childlessness [after having five miscarriages], to the extent that she has given names and personalities to each of the babies she was unable to bring to term.Read more ›
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I love all of Cammie McGovern's books because of the way in which she writes her characters make them so real. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Elizabeth81091
I really wanted to like this book. In the beginning, it was interesting, then it became unbelievable with a mishmashed plot and conclusion. Read morePublished on April 15, 2012 by SBC
A librarian falsely accused of murder returns to her surreal suburban neighborhood after 12 years in prison. Read morePublished on June 29, 2011 by Amber Polo
I wanted very much to like this book, and for perhaps the first 60 or 70 pages I did. But soon all the trendy plot elements thrown together -- infertility, pollution, cancer,... Read morePublished on June 28, 2011 by Ohioan
I'm always happy to have found a new author, and Cammie McGovern is one of my new favorites. Neighborhood Watch is highly suspenseful, psychological thriller that had me guessing... Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by Robin Landry
Neighborhood Watch is a good, not great, complex psychological mystery that has many layers. While I did like the book, I didn't find it to be a page-turner or nail-biter. Read morePublished on March 11, 2011 by Annie B
Betsy Treading, the heroine of Cammie McGovern's seriocomic "Neighborhood Watch," is a public librarian who suffers from "parasomnia. Read morePublished on January 22, 2011 by E. Bukowsky
Bleak, vaguely developed characters all of who seemed to be living with one foot in reality and the other in a fugue state who are woven into a fragmented, shadowy plot result in a... Read morePublished on December 13, 2010 by deeper waters
Frankly, I couldn't put this book down. McGovern weaves a very tight and finely crafted story that had me turning pages quickly, but that's not why I loved it. Read morePublished on November 19, 2010 by P. Stacey