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3.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 53.6 out of 5 3.60 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patricia MacDonald Narrator: Bernadette Dunn Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Patricia MacDonald has won a worldwide audience of readers with her page-turning novels of domestic suspense that twist and turn with surprises. Now she presents a riveting thriller about a young woman who finds her life threatened when she returns to her picture-perfect suburban hometown where a brutal crime shattered her family when she was a teenager.

The affluent town of Hoffman, New Jersey reeled in disbelief when highly esteemed physician Duncan Avery stabbed his wife Marsha to death one spring evening. The two Avery sons turned their backs on their father but his daughter Nina never stopped believing in his innocence.

Now, fifteen years later, Nina, a struggling actress in New York City, returns to Hoffman when her father is paroled and insists on resettling there. Not only does Dr. Avery want to repair his relationships with his sons and meet his grandchildren, he claims he wants to find out who killed his wife. But neither Nina’s brother Patrick, a successful investment banker with a wife and twin sons, nor Jimmy, a recovering drug addict who has adopted a new family, can bear to acknowledge their father’s return.

Then, as suddenly as before, another act of violence overturns the Averys’ lives. No longer certain if she can trust her family, her neighbors, or her old friends, Nina finds she can rely only on herself and a surprising new ally in her life as she searches for the truth behind crimes past and present. If she digs deep-down into the secrets of her family’s and her neighbors’ lives she stands a chance of catching a killer before she becomes his next victim.

With psychologically perceptive characterizations, emotional realism, and a gripping story line, The Girl Next Door exposes the dark impulses and fierce passions that can rule seemingly ordinary people and showcases Patricia MacDonald at the height of her celebrated powers.

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  • “MacDonald, the master of the small-town tragedy, delivers another sure winner.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patty | 5/29/2011

    " Really liked this book. Have never read this author before...glad I did. Fast interesting read and nice twisted ending that I really didn't see coming. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kae | 5/13/2011

    " OK story about a girl who's father went to jail for killing her mother, but she didn't believe he did it. When he's paroled, he also is killed. Suspects range from her hostile older brother to persons unknown. Well developed story. Characters were sort of bland. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Babete | 2/22/2011

    " Suspense e intriga, uma boa história!( A Rapariga Do Lado ) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 10/20/2009

    " I figured out "whodunit" pretty early on, but it was still a good read. "

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