Spring has sprung and BOOKSPARKS and SPARKPOINTSTUDIO kick off their spring reading challenge with Hannah Mary McKinnon’s, THE NEIGHBORS. …New friends, old secrets!
Abby looks forward to meeting the family who just moved in next door—until she realizes they’re the one couple who could expose her deepest secrets.
Hannah Mary McKinnon’s, novel THE NEIGHBORS(MIRA) is jam-packed with enough secrets and guilt to make anyone feel pretty good. Everyone is interconnected through some tragedy or perceived bad behavior that I visually saw a soap opera in my head.
Abby is responsible for a car crash that kills her brother back in 1992. It’s a mistake she can never forgive, so she pushes away her boyfriend, Liam, the man she loves most. She believes he’d hate her for what happened.
Twenty years later, Abby’s husband, Nate is also living with guilt, because he came across the car crash and was only able to save Abby. They understand and believe this is the glue to keeps them together.
In what can only be called a strange twist of fate, Liam moves into the neighborhood with his own family, right next door to Abby, Nate and their daughter, Sarah. Abby and Liam, agree to pretend they never have met, yet cannot resist the pull of the past.
It only gets more complicated from there.
I find it hard to believe Abby and Liam would keep the truth from their spouses, but then again, there would be no novel. I was hooked by THE NEIGHBORS. It’s a complicated story with complex characters that kept me reading until the very end. I believe you will enjoy it, too.
Hannah’s Own Words:
I was born in 1971 in Manchester, UK to British & Swiss parents. A year later they moved my older sister and I to Switzerland. Rather unsurprisingly I love mountains, chocolate and cheese… or mountains of chocolate and cheese, and my sister, of course.
After finishing commercial studies in Geneva, I worked as a PA for DuPont. A year later I moved to Neuchâtel and became the Purchasing Manager for an ultra-cool company that made motors for industrial and space applications. Finding myself lacking in theoretical knowledge, I returned to university, studying part-time for a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. And then a friend of a friend introduced me to another friend who’d started up an IT recruitment business. Over the next fifteen years I rose through the ranks to become CEO.
Things outside of work were hardly boring. A chance encounter back in the dark ages of the Internet in 1999 led me down the aisle with Rob, my Canadian rock, five months later. Actually it was exactly ten weeks after we met face-to-face at the Saint John airport in New Brunswick, Canada – and we’re still married. True story. Our first son was born in 2003, followed by identical twin boys just sixteen months later, so I’m heavily outnumbered. In 2010 we all moved to Oakville in Ontario, Canada.
Maybe it was the failed attempt at a start-up company, or the fact I suddenly found myself in my forties, but one morning I decided to follow my oldest passion, started writing, and never wanted to look back. I write fiction for adults and dabble a little in kid-lit. Sometimes I think I’ll never have enough time to get all of the ideas out of my head and on paper. I also have a soft spot for short stories and mud runs. I love mud runs… hey, wait… that’s another story I could write…!
Thanks to BookSparks and MIRA for providing one copy of THE NEIGHBORS for a giveaway. Just tell us something you feel/felt guilty over.
We’ll pick a winner soon. Good luck.