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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,009 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Delinsky Narrator: Laura Hicks Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9781442353503
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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!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy Barber | 2/20/2014

    " Love Love LOVE Barbara Delinsky. As usual, her characters are so real. It's like I'm reading a story about myself and my family/friends! The Woman Next Door certainly didn't disappoint ;-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzy | 2/17/2014

    " I wanted an easy summer read and for that reason this book was okay. However the novel reminded me too much of Desperate Housewives and/or Knots Landing. The only thing that salvaged the book was the teen suicide sideline, but wait, no, not even that did. Characters were just too shallow, too predictable. I don't usually read authors who churn out book after book and this book was a good reminder why I prefer quality over quantiity and popularity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 2/13/2014

    " don't judge what you haven't lived "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trish | 1/31/2014

    " Easy, poolside romance novel. I like her writing style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/26/2014

    " This is the 2nd book i have read by Barbara Delinsky and I will say I do enjoy her work. This book was really good. A neighbor is pregnant and the wives of the couples near by let their minds run away with them to let them think one of their husband's is the father. It is written well and all thru the book it makes you think - is one of them the father??? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy T | 1/14/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg | 1/10/2014

    " Cute story line. Entertaining. Good beach read. I liked Delinsky's The Secret Between Us better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia Johnson | 1/7/2014

    " A "Desperate Housewives" saga. It has it all, the cul-de-sac in the suburbs, infidelity, infurtility, pregnant widow, suicide and a happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dawn | 12/11/2013

    " Good book, Kept me wondering and guessing through to the end. Enough that I read it one day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peggy Parsons | 12/6/2013

    " I could see why each wife on the street would be wondering if her husband was the one who had fathered the child of the aloof and beautiful young single woman next door. Each couple's situation was believable and interesting. Engaging read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lhou | 11/22/2013

    " i really like how delinsky made the story exciting to read..the mystery and every twist of the story makes you hold on to it and keeps you reading all throughout..di also like the way she discussed the typical neighborhood, we which ll have..for sure..definitely one good book to recommend.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/18/2013

    " 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.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 10/16/2013

    " Not a bad story...jealousy, suspicion, and delicious peeks into the marriages of the three couples of live next to the widow who suddenly finds herself pregnant and doesn't disclose the father. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 6/30/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 6/16/2013

    " This book reminds you that you should really spend time developing your relationship with your spouse. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margo Smith | 6/16/2013

    " Listened to this while walking a few years back. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy Spiteri | 3/6/2013

    " I love Barbara Delinsky; although this isn't one of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Hassett | 3/1/2013

    " kept my interest most of the time. I do like happy endings. :-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Tack | 1/28/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise MacDonald | 1/11/2013

    " Delinksy has a way of capturing real life moments, thoughts and emotions with words. It is very easy to identify with all the characters in this book, as well as their insecurities, worries, happiness, hope and life moments. This was a very enjoyable story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy | 1/1/2013

    " 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 Christine | 12/10/2012

    " This is a light easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 11/26/2012

    " As satisfying a read as any Delinsky book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole Howes | 8/17/2012

    " I loved this book and remember sharing it with my friends "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerri | 5/26/2012

    " I liked the book. I had a great time hating the mother-in-law - she was a total BITCH. ha "

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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

Laura Hicks is an Obie Award–winning actress who has appeared on Broadway, off Broadway, and in regional theater, film, and television. A native New Yorker and a Juilliard graduate, she has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Australia, Austria, Italy, and Ireland.