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Starred Review. In this superb suburban thriller from McGovern (Eye Contact), newly tested DNA evidence results in the release from prison of Betsy Treading (aka the Librarian Murderess) after serving 12 years for the bludgeoning of sexy divorcée Linda Sue Nelson, a neighbor in Milford, Conn. Betsy, a somnambulist, had confessed out of fear she'd done the deed while sleepwalking. Back home in Milford, Betsy determines to find out who really killed Linda Sue, who was having an affair with their married neighbor, charismatic author Geoffrey Steadman, who was a friend of Betsy's then husband, Paul. Now divorced from Paul, Betsy accepts temporary lodgings with an old friend and neighbor, Marianne Rashke, founder of the local neighborhood watch group. McGovern, a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford, seductively unreels Betsy's pursuit of the truth one shocking spool at a time. Fans of literary suspense fiction will be well rewarded. 4-city author tour. (June)
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Newly released from prison 12 years after being wrongly convicted of murdering her neighbor, suburban librarian Betsy Treading is back in her old community, temporarily living with the only friend who has stuck by her through her incarceration. While grateful that Marianne has taken her in, Betsy is also justifiably wary of the woman whose inexplicable paranoia directly ignited the personal security vendetta that so dramatically influenced events leading up to Linda Sue's murder. Betsy's lawyer has encouraged her to use her return to her old neighborhood to dig for clues that could help put the real killer behind bars, but in reexamining her former life and relationships, Betsy uncovers some unsettling truths about herself as well as the people she thought she could trust the most. Although hampered by flawed logic and a meandering narrative voice, McGovern's engrossing tale of mistrust and deception is made all the more sinister by the false security portrayed behind its conventional white-picket-fence facade. --Carol HaggasSee all Editorial Reviews
I love all of Cammie McGovern's books because of the way in which she writes her characters make them so real. Read morePublished 11 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