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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (598 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cammie McGovern Narrator: Coleen Marlo Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN: 9781400187621
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A riveting and frightening tale of false accusation from the author of Eye Contact

Twelve years ago librarian Betsy Treading was convicted of murdering her neighbor, the bohemian loner Linda Sue. After DNA testing finally exonerates Betsy, she returns to her suburban community determined to salvage her life and find the true killer. As she begins to pick apart the web of secrets, lies, and love affairs uncovered in the wake of her trial, Betsy suspects that her tight-lipped neighbors may know something that she has denied even to herself.

In Neighborhood Watch, Cammie McGovern captures the nail-biting electricity of the best literary thrillers and zeros in on the subterranean tension abuzz in a town whose dark secrets threaten to obliterate the glossy façade of a perfect life. It is also the story of a woman coming into her own, finding her strength, and taking control of her life. It asks readers, what sort of price would you pay for the sake of your reputation? Intricately woven, psychologically astute, and filled with complex and surprising characters, Neighborhood Watch marks a significant step in the career of this talented author.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susanna | 1/24/2014

    " took a lot of my time to get where it went! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 1/22/2014

    " This is the perfect summer mystery novel. Not to deep that you feel you need to reread pages, and yet enough twists and turns you really don't see the end coming. There are bits that for me were a little predictable, but for the most part I was on the edge of my seat finishing the book to see who done it, and why! I never thought the why could be so intriguing! I found the main character Betsy completely believable, the struggles she had and the journey she undertook were interesting to read. I found myself fascinated by her growth and related to the needs she had to appear "normal." Cammie has done a great job of capturing the reality of neighborhood living especially in today's society. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miranda Beverly-Gill | 1/21/2014

    " Not bad, but a little disappointing. Not as good as her first book. A lot of plot-holes, inconsistencies, absurd coincidences. Oh well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joy | 1/18/2014

    " I wish there were half stars, because I'd give this 3.5. I read it in less than 2 days, which surprised me. It's not gripping in the way that some books are, but I just had to see what happened next. It was just confusing enough to not frustrate me, but instead to make me want to continue reading so that I would understand. And there were so many possible suspects, including the possibility that Betsy really DID do it after all. I also loved the portrayal of a suburban development, which was (except for the murder) much like where I grew up. Simple, interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 1/11/2014

    " This is one of my favorite books of the year. A librarian has been sent to prison for killing a neighbor. She is released 12 yrs. later on DNA evidence. She goes back to her neighborhood and we eventually find out who the culprit was. So enjoyable and very literary. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathleen | 12/27/2013

    " I wanted to like this one...about a librarian wrongly convicted of murder. The plot and characters are contrived and disjointed. Can't believe I read (sorta) all the way to the end to find out the identity of the murderer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toni Fuscellaro | 11/28/2013

    " Good murder mystery. Not too complicated but a pretty good story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Waverly Huffstetler | 11/25/2013

    " Excellent book. Looking forward to reading more books from this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Devon | 10/20/2013

    " For the most part this wasn't a bad book, but it does seem to jump around a lot. I wasn't really drawn to any of the characters, but the story was interesting enough to carry me through. I'm glad I listened to this rather than read it. I think that helped. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy Wienckowski | 10/13/2013

    " This book was an excellent mystery, it kept me guessing right to the end. It tells the story of one womans quest for normalcy and the facade we all live by to achieve that goal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neelam | 9/4/2013

    " Entertaining. Good summer read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evon | 8/10/2013

    " lots of unanswered questions for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 8/9/2013

    " This book was ok. Kind of depressing. Reminded me of a Jodi Picoult book kind of. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindy | 5/23/2013

    " Entertaining fluff. A Desperate Housewives readalike. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MBP | 4/4/2013

    " The author doesn't have the skill to make all the implausibilities seem convincing. Around page 200 I got to the point where I couldn't wait to be finished with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emma | 3/4/2012

    " This is definitely a page turner which kept surprising me just when I thought I had it all figured out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/17/2012

    " An interesting premise that strayed over the line into far-fetched too often for my taste. Nightwalking, memory-challenged librarian spends 12 years in prison for a crime she did not commit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy Vander Linde | 11/4/2011

    " found it to be a tad dull but i had to finish it so i could find out "who done it". probably wouldn't read any more by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 6/20/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book . I am still not sure if the charcter returned to prison "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 6/6/2011

    " Somehow, I was expecting something different. Maybe I'm just disappointed that I figured out too soon 'who done it'. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elisabetta | 5/20/2011

    " A bit unusual and frustrating book. Jumps around a lot and doesn't alway make sense... ending is predictable from the first chapter on. Not her best work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 4/4/2011

    " A librarian as the main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 3/27/2011

    " A gripping read with a very original plot. Couldn't put it down! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joella | 3/14/2011

    " You never know what your neighbors are up to! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 2/11/2011

    " This is a fictional story about a woman who spends 12 years in jail for a murder that she did not commit. The first half of the book is better than the last half but it's worth it anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roben | 2/9/2011

    " We read this one for our book club a few months ago. I work in a library - so I found it to be an intriguing read just because the main character was a librarian. It has a lot of layers - and I enjoyed it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Obi | 1/25/2011

    " Great fiction book that I pulled off the shelf at the library because I liked the cover. It's an easy quick read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacia | 1/21/2011

    " Read a review in People magazine. Not enjoyable... story or characters. "

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About the Author

Cammie McGovern is the author of the adult novels Neighborhood Watch, Eye Contact, and The Art of Seeing as well as of young adult novels, beginning with Say What You Will. She is one of the founders of Whole Children, a resource center that runs after-school classes and programs for children with special needs.

About the Narrator

Coleen Marlo is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator who has been nominated for an Audie Award twice, winning in 2011. She has been awarded three Listen-Up Awards from Publishers Weekly and an AudioFile Audiobook of the Year Award in 2011 and was named Audiobook Narrator of the Year for 2010 by Publishers Weekly. She is a member of the prestigious Actors Studio and taught acting for ten years at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Marlo is a proud founding member of Deyan Institute of Voice Artistry and Technology.