“The Girl Next Door feels a little bit like Friends with more depth and dimension; this multifaceted story will slowly pull you in and leave you wanting more.”
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“A gorgeous and unforgettable novel set in a turn-of-the-century brownstone on New York’s Upper East Side, The Girl Next Door follows the stories of the building’s residents, showing their lives, their loves and the way they live together.
Meet Eve Gallagher in Apartment 7A, newly moved to New York from London with her ambitious banker husband. She’s lonely and lost…until she meets elderly neighbour Violet, who’s concealing a tragic story of her own. The Kramers and the Schulmans in Apartments 6A and 6B are about to find their lives intersecting in a most unfortunate manner when Jason Kramer falls head-over-heels for Rachael Schulman.
Jackson Grayling III in Apartment 5A is 26, fantastically wealthy and a directionless layabout. He’s attracting the attention of a gold-digger in 2B even though he’s far more interested in the beautiful and hardworking Emily Milanowski in 3B. And finally, plain, dull and self-conscious Charlotte Murphy rents 2A and works in the Public Library. She lives in a dream world and is desperate to be anyone but herself. Will any of her neighbours ever take enough notice of her to help her?”
The Girl Next Door starts off slowly, no doubt do to the somewhat long list of characters that you have to sort through. Thankfully there is a helpful ‘List of Characters’ at the beginning of the book which the reader can refer too; I had to do so several times. Once you remember who each of the different characters are (perhaps you have a better memory then I, so it might be quicker for you) the story’s pace picks up and the reader quickly becomes enmeshed in the lives of these apartment dwellers. As the narrative progresses and the reader becomes more familiar with each of the characters, it is very easy to forget that you are reading a book instead of watching a movie. Each of the characters is well-developed with their own unique personality and distinct voice. One of the nicest things about this novel is how the author has blended all of their lives together in such unlikely ways; normally I can see the end of the book coming from a mile away but The Girl Next Door held many surprising plot twists, some of which had me in tears with poignant sadness that tore at my heart. I wouldn’t call this a light-hearted easy read because it has too much depth; this charming story will satisfy the innocuous voyeur in all of us.
I highly recommend this book.
♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (8 out of 10 Diamonds) – Thoroughly enjoyed it
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A special thanks to Penguin Group Canada for sending me a copy to review.
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