Sometimes, the most perfect families are hiding the most terrible secrets. How well do you know the people next door…?
Everybody wants to live on Hogarth Street, the pretty, tree-lined avenue with its white houses. The new family, The Wests, are a perfect fit. Katherine and Josh seem so in love and their gorgeous five-year-old twins race screeching around their beautiful emerald-green lawn.
But soon people start to notice: why don’t they join backyard barbecues? Why do they brush away offers to babysit? Why, when you knock at the door, do they shut you out, rather than inviting you in?
Every family has secrets, and on the hottest day of the year, the truth is about to come out. As a tragedy unfolds behind closed doors, the dawn chorus is split by the wail of sirens. And one by one the families who tried so hard to welcome the Wests begin to realise: Hogarth Street will never be the same again.
A quiet street on a hot day in Australia. What can go wrong? Everybody loves the sun and feels better, but it seems some people are not such happy campers…
What if you feel like something is wrong with someone living close to you? Do you call the police or will you try to find out more first? Are you a neighbor looking out for others or are you just simply nosy and meddling? What is the right thing to do?
What if you are a stranger with a past and feel like something is wrong with people you don’t know at all? Do you call the police or will you try to find out more first? Are you trying to help or does your past come to bite you in the …? What is the right thing to do?
What if two people who don’t know each other have the same concerns? Do they call the police or are they going to try and find out more first?
Whatever they decide, they will have to do it now, because time is running out…
The story is told from different points of view and it gives the reader the chance to find out how the past influences the present and the future. For some it will end well and they turn their lives around. Others though are at the end of their tether and disaster is looming…
This is a book where I was wrong footed more than once and that’s just great! I sometimes wonder how many kilos of emotions you can drop into a story. Well, tonnes and tonnes if you ask me and that’s exactly what they author did.
If you want to find out how a story can be harsh and beautiful at the same time, you should read this one. 5 stars
Thank you, Nicole Trope and Bookouture
About the author
Nicole Trope Nicole Trope went to university to study Law but realised the error of her ways when she did very badly on her first law essay because, as her professor pointed out, ‘It’s not meant to be a story.’
She studied teaching instead and used her holidays to work on her writing career and complete a Masters’ degree. In between raising three children, working for her husband and renovating houses, she has published six novels. She lives in Sydney, Australia.