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A Crime in the Neighborhood

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  • Posted March 20, 2014

    I liked it.

    I really liked the descriptions of the events related to the separation of her parents and the affair with the sister. I think this would be an interesting book to read for a book club and to have discussions on how the crime relates to the rest of what is happening. Interesting and rather profound.

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  • Posted February 28, 2014

    Good but could have been a lot better.

    This was not a page turner for me. The accusation made against the neighbor happens late in the book and the fall out from the accusation isn't very earth shattering at all. No real drama or mystery in this book...just a view of a very dysfunctional and sad family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Excellent read.

    This novel captured my interest from beginning to end even though it was a short novel. This writer got me so involved with every character in this book. I felt like i knew each and every one. The touch of humor always came at just the right time. I will definitely read more of her novels. I didnt want the book to end. Written in a classic form.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2005

    IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A THRILL-RIDE

    Suzanne Bern does a great job in her writing of this novel. It may very well remind one of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in that sense that a young girl is learning the ways that the world works. This is a very descriptive, entertaining, well-written novel.I highly suggest in to anyone seeking an exciting novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2003

    JUST FINISHED READING IT FOR THE 2ND TIME!

    I read this book about 7 years ago and just recently lent it to several friends who enjoyed it as much as I did. When I got it back, I read it again and enjoyed it just as much as the 1st time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2002

    Audio version well worth the 'read.'

    Insightfully capturing the world of the early 1970's in suburban D.C., as seen through the eyes of 10-year old Marsha, the story alternatingly moves the reader to embrace and comfort her, and then shake her by the shoulders and cart her off to the therapist's office, of course, accompanied by her parents and siblings. The reader's emotions swing from sympathy as this young girl struggles for sense in an external world of murky values and a homelife as a member of a dysfuntional family, to a strong desire to render some discipline and force her into counseling. Recorded Books' unabridged rendition is finely performed by Alyssa Bresnahan, who succeeds in showing you the world through Marsha's eyes, even though the story is told in retrospect by the adult Marsha. Suburban D.C. during the early 1970's is the setting as a peer of the young girl is found molested & murdered. The incident affects the neighborhood profoundly, while Marsha is deeply affected by the separation of her parents and the alienation of her brother and sister. The only detracter is that the main character's life as a stream of tedious detail at times became a tedious experience for this reader. This is a work not so much to be enjoyed during the reading, but valued as a reading experience afterwords. It represents time well spent.

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