The Neighbors Are Watching: Book summary and reviews of The Neighbors Are Watching by Debra Ginsberg

The Neighbors Are Watching

By Debra Ginsberg

The Neighbors Are Watching
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2010,
    336 pages.

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Set against the backdrop of the deadly 2007 wildfires that forced the evacuation of half a million San Diego residents, Debra Ginsberg's new novel, The Neighbors Are Watching, examines the dark side of suburbia--a place where everyone has something to hide.
 
Aside from their annual block party, the neighbors on Fuller Court tend to keep to themselves--which doesn't mean that they aren't all watching and judging each other on the sly. So when pregnant teenager Diana Jones shows up, literally, on her biological father's doorstep, the neighbors can't stop talking. Joe Montana is a handsome restaurant manager who failed to tell his wife Allison that he fathered a baby with an ex-girlfriend seventeen years ago. Allison, already harboring her own inner resentments, takes the news very badly. She isn't the only one. Diana's bombshell arrival in their quiet cul-de-sac sets off a chain reaction of secrets and lies that threaten to engulf the neighborhood along with the approaching flames from two huge wildfires fanned by the Santa Ana winds.

A former reality TV contestant who receives a steady stream of gentlemen callers at all hours, two women forced to hide their relationship in order to keep custody of their children, a sanctimonious housewife with a very checkered past, and a family who nobody ever sees--these are just a few of the warring neighbors struggling to keep up appearances and protect their own interests. But when lovely, troubled Diana disappears in the aftermath of the wildfire evacuation, leaving her newborn baby and many unanswered questions behind, the residents of Fuller Court must band together to find her before all of their carefully constructed deceptions come unraveled.
 
A potent blend of domestic drama and suspense, The Neighbors Are Watching reveals the secrets that bloom alongside manicured flowerbeds--and the truths that lurk behind closed doors.

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"Ginsberg (The Grift) examines her characters' lives with microscopic zeal, but Diana remains a disappointing enigma." - Publishers Weekly

"Ginsberg serves up deliciously flawed characters. A good read for a lazy day at the beach." - Booklist

"Ginsberg has written a gripping suburban suspense novel with real people at its core. This will appeal to fans of domestic suspense... as well as Tom Perrotta's suburban exposés." - Library Journal

"Teeming with secrets...dark, funny and sometimes creepy." - Kirkus Reviews

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San Diego–based writer Debra Ginsberg is the author of the memoirs Waiting, Raising Blaze, and About My Sisters, as well as two novels, Blind Submission and The Grift, which was a 2008 Notable Book selection by The New York Times.

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