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The Neighbors Are Watching

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

This book sucked me in and didn't let me go until the end!

The Neighbors are Watching is a gritty tale of one hot and fiery summer and fall in a San Diego neighborhood. The people on Fuller Court could be the neighbors on any affluent, middle class block. They mostly keep to themselves, furtively watching each other as they go ...
The Neighbors are Watching is a gritty tale of one hot and fiery summer and fall in a San Diego neighborhood. The people on Fuller Court could be the neighbors on any affluent, middle class block. They mostly keep to themselves, furtively watching each other as they go about their daily business, but never really becoming involved. Until one blistering summer day when Joe Montana's pregnant, 17 year old daughter, the one his beloved wife didn't know he had, shows up on his doorstep. The arrival of Diana throws everything on Fuller Court into turmoil. She doesn't play by the unspoken rules of the neighborhood and, soon, dark secrets are being revealed. All this plays out against the back drop of the vicious Santa Ana winds and the arrival of wildfire season. The intensity of emotion that Debra Ginsberg creates in this book sucked me in and didn't let me go until the end. There weren't any big surprises for me in the plot, but I couldn't put the book down. The use of the wildfire to ratchet up the tension was very effective and really had me hanging on the edge of my seat. There is also a prevailing theme of people having hidden sides, not always being what you think they are from first impressions that made me think about the relationships in my life. You will never look at your neighbors the same, that's for sure! The intrigue, everyday drama, and dark secrets combine with characters I could relate to and sympathize with to make The Neighbors are Watching one of my favorite books of this year!

posted by Frisbeesage on November 9, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Pretty Good

This was a good book, however it took me a while to warm up to it and the characters. In the beginning there seems to be very little "likeability" with the characters on this street. Gradually you get wrapped up in just what happened to Diana?
I would recommend this ...
This was a good book, however it took me a while to warm up to it and the characters. In the beginning there seems to be very little "likeability" with the characters on this street. Gradually you get wrapped up in just what happened to Diana?
I would recommend this book, the characters begin to flesh out and your interest in the what happens to them will grow as you reach the midway point.

posted by AreaderAR on December 31, 2010

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

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    Read it in one sitting!

    I picked up this book expecting a domestic drama, and was unable to pry myself off the couch for the rest of the day. A contemporary novel about the distance between us, in her novel Ginsberg adeptly captures the judgmental summations we rush to in our interactions with our "neighbors" and how divided we -- as suburban Americans -- have become. A thrilling novel with a moralistic bent, I highly recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    thoroughly enjoyed this one

    So excited for my very first Nook book. This one didn't dissapoint. The book flowed along nicely and was a great story.

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