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3.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 5 3.83 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Delinsky Narrator: Karen Ziemba Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2001 ISBN: 9780743567992
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On a charming cul-de-sac in suburban Connecticut, three close-knit couples find their long-cherished harmony undone when a lovely, younger neighbor, widowed a year ago and presumably still unattached, turns up pregnant.
Who is the father? Could it be one of the husbands?
One by one, the couples turn inward, taking stock of their marriages and of the loyalties that perhaps have been taken too much for granted. In each case this close scrutiny reveals a weakness, and for each wife the situation becomes the kind of crisis that forces her to make a decision -- one that will result in either the strengthening or the dissolution of her marriage.
Filled with suspense, surprises, and the kind of insights into the minds and hearts of her characters that have won Barbara Delinsky a huge and loyal following, The Woman Next Door is an ingenious portrait of suspicion and deception, faith and love. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Delinsky may be as adept at chronicling contemporary life in New England as any writer this side of John Updike.” 

    Times Union

  • “Delinsky…has written another book that will appeal to readers of traditional women’s fiction.” 

    Library Journal

  • “Delinsky’s adept and compelling exploration of the inner workings of the modern upper-class American family makes for one of her best books to date, an achievement that should broaden her appeal beyond her faithful romance fans.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/10/2011

    " This book was good but dragged in places. Lots of activity going on in the culdesac...anxious to see who the baby daddy would be.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 5/23/2011

    " Not my favorite of hers, but it did keep me up late to finish it. The arguements and tension between the main characters didn't feel real. It's hard to imagine these people saying or thinking the things they did. But aspects of the book were engrossing. I give it 2.5 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 3/19/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book however didn't like it at first because I felt it was a slow starter but once it got going it was a real page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Reading Cove | 2/11/2011

    " 23rd: THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR - Barbara Delinsky
    Trivia Winner - Julie

    ~COVE OPINION: B, Great story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 1/19/2011

    " I really loved this book. It was so intense, that I couldn't put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 1/3/2011

    " Very interesting concept. I liked the pace of the book and Delinsky's writing style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Uchelk | 9/11/2010

    " i absolutely loved this book.though i may not recommend this to any of my friend because you migh think its boring. anyway this book was like a mystery in the neighborhood and three wives trust that their husband didnt do it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 8/1/2010

    " This was the first book I have read of Barbara Delinsky,and I couldn't put it down! I loved it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 6/16/2010

    " Brain candy. Good for a beach read or on the plane. I actually read this on the plane home from vacation in just a few hours. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 2/26/2010

    " This book kept me in suspense all the way to the end! I thought for sure the baby daddy was going to be someone else!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 2/12/2010

    " Nothing like getting wrapped up into someone else's life to get your mind off your own. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janice | 1/10/2010

    " book is OK - somewhat like a soap opera! Story of three families who are neighbors and a widowed neighbor who they discover is pregnant. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Delinsky

Barbara Delinsky, author of Escape, Not My Daughter, While My Sister Sleeps, The Secret Between Us, and Family Tree, has written more than twenty bestselling novels with over thirty million copies in print. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, she also wrote a nonfiction book, Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors, which is currently in its fifth printing. All of the proceeds from the book go to charity, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a BA in psychology from Tufts University and an MA in sociology from Boston College.

About the Narrator

Karen Ziemba is an Earphones Award-winning narrator and a Tony Award-winning actor, singer, and dancer. In 2000 she received the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress, along with the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards, starring in Susan Stroman and John Weidman’s hit musical Contact. She also starred as “Roxie Hart” in Chicago and “Rita Racine” in Steel Pier, for which she received her first Tony award nomination as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations. She is also active on tours to American cities and has made appearances in television series dramas.