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In an idyllic suburb, four young families quickly form a neighborhood clique, their friendships based on little more than the ages of their children and a shared sense of camaraderie. When one of the couples, Paige and Gene Edwards, adopt a four-year-old girl from Russia, the group's loyalty and morality is soon called into question. Are the Edwards unkind to their new dau ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Twelve
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Esil
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.75 stars

So many books about neighbours... I suppose neighbours are ripe for stories about whether you really know people. Your neighbours are always smiling and seem perfect, but what’s really happening behind closed doors? Or a few odd behaviours make you suspect that your neighbours are hiding some deep dark secrets...

Good Neighbors is another addition to the pile of neighbour novels. Four families foisted together through proximity — rather than affinity — form uneasy friendships. One of th
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Holly  B
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018, just-ok

An adoption of a preschooler in Russia, brings drama and judgement to the clique of wealthy neighbors.

When Gene and Paige decide to adopt, they soon find out that they are not prepared for the many issues that arise. Some of Paige’s friends sense that she is not bonding to the little girl and they begin to worry and fear for the child’s well-being. One neighbor becomes pre-occupied with keeping an eye on the situation.

The story explores how the neighbors and the family ultimately end up dealing
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Mackey
Good Neighbors is a mordacious look at the pretty perfect people who live in the pretty houses that line the pretty perfect streets in the pretty perfect neighbors in our pretty perfect towns. Just how pretty and perfect are they really?

In her startling debut novel, Serling captivates her reader with a tale of four, seemingly normal couples who are drawn together by their shared proximity and the ages of their children. They have nothing more in common and know nothing more about one another, ye
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Amy
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
Are you guys sick of my obsession with books with neighbors in the title yet?! I hope not because I have at least one more in my immediate TBR pile, so stick with me. I’ve said it before, but there is something so interesting about the secret lives of the people you live next door to, they may look like the ideal, happy little family but oftentimes that’s just what is presented to the world. Good Neighbors follows four couples who’s only true connection is their proximity and the age of their ch ...more
Marlowe Bechmann
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Perfect read for a Book Club!! I found “Good Neighbors” to be very compelling and thought provoking. It highlighted some of nitty gritty politically incorrect inner thoughts that many people in suburban neighborhoods have. Although I did not identify or 100% relate to these women, they were all portraits that incorporated components of different kinds of people I have met along my journeys in several different towns. There are fascinating glimpses of a reality everyone who has made friends throu ...more
Patti Niemi
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The four couples in this novel of suburban life like their secrets. When one couple adopts a child, it serves as a catalyst for their secrets to begin to surface.

I love novels about suburban dysfunction and Serling’s book is a great example of why: everybody is hiding something. They want to present the perfect house, perfect yard, perfect children to their neighbors. The fun is when it unravels.

I loved getting to know these characters. I believed them: they were real, with real faults and fear
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Therese
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good Neighbors is a stunning novel! The seeming comfort and wealth of the world of the novel's suburban enclave is riven with half-truths and lies of omission. Serling's protagonist, a bright, caring mother and wife, is the only character willing to explore the dark shadows falling over their neighborhood, but she struggles with voicing the truth--about her neighbors and about her own past. Don't miss this important debut!
Lauren
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THIS IS YOUR NEXT BOOK CLUB BOOK!

Even if you don't live in the suburbs, judging your neighbors as you spy on them through drawn curtains, you will find lots to discuss with this impressive debut novel by Joanne Serling. "Good Neighbors" takes us on an anxiety-filled journey with a clique of judgmental "mom friends" who find that things aren't always what they seem. Or are they? When Paige, one of the moms, adopts a little girl from a Russian orphanage then seemingly withdraws from the group, th
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Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)
Four couples live on the same cul-de-sac, sharing dinners, vacations and raising their kids. One of the couples adopts a second child from Russia who they claim to have special needs and their parenting skills come in to question: mostly behind their backs.

I had a hard time following along with this one. The main character, Nicole's thoughts would vacillate back and forth between: Paige is my friend, I don't like Paige, I want Paige to want to be my friend, Paige is horrible, but she is my frie
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Lynn
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Right from the Prologue I was hooked. Featuring a group of suburban neighbors, “The weight of the secrets pressing us deeper and closer together,” desperately involved in one another’s lives, Good Neighbors is compelling and addicting. Serling manages to keep a full cast of characters both memorable and recognizable. Narrated by an honest, complex and fallible woman, the story is told in chapters that lead tantalizingly one to the next, so before you know it, you’ve permanently camped out in the ...more
Kasa Cotugno
This is an odd book to review since there was some worthiness to the plot, but somehow it just didn't hang together for me. The focus kept shifting, and there were several loose ends that either didn't add up or were mishandled. Four couples with young children become entangled with each other. Their circumstances are enviable -- all have lovely homes and privileged lives. Nicole, the narrator, never seems to fully come alive for me and therein lies the problem I had with the book. She is kind t ...more
Steph
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read
Well, I have to say that I really enjoyed this novel! Serling subtly brings the characters to life through interesting settings and dialogue. You really feel like you know these characters without the need for a lot of backstory. Also, the end blew my mind. I did not see that coming, but in retrospect it really ties it together and leaves you pondering the plot for days after.
Christine
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I read the Good Neighbors by Joanne Serling in three sittings over two days; it was a quick and rather enjoyable read. I would rate this book as a 3.75 and using math rounded up to a 4 star rating. :) The blurb caught my attention as neighborhood secrets seem to be a popular theme for 2018 reading.

Good Neighbors is about four families who live in an upscale neighborhood on the nicest street in Fair Lawn. These four families become friends because they live in the same neighborhood and bond over
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Karen ⊰✿
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, uno_2018
Told from Nicole's point of view, this is a book about four families who live next door to each other in an affluent cul-de-sac. They pride themselves on being friends, and being like family, so there is quite a lot that goes unsaid and behaviours ignored because it would be difficult to have friends and family who are neighbours that you don't talk to! So they keep up the facades in order to keep a harmonious street. Until the Edwards family adopt a 4 year old from Russia. And the way they trea ...more
Jill
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
This story never really lived up to its potential. A group of upper middle class suburban neighbors, who live in "the nicest street in the nicest neighborhood in Fair Lawn," (in Connecticut) have become friends, waving to each other as they pass by each day, meeting at dinner parties and barbecues, gossiping about each other and even sometimes vacationing together. But they seem to have the the sort of situational friendships that don't stand the test of time. If they were to move to another nei ...more
Gina Moltz
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow! This book had me so anxious you would think it was about my own neighbors! I definitely related to some of the characters and found myself telling them what they should be doing. The story lines were very thought provoking. I think this book would be great for a bookclub discussion
Jill Dobbe
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Do you every really know your neighbors, no matter how close they are?

A story that revolves around upper class families living together in a neighborhood cul de sac. The families get together often, but their relationships are on a superficial level, and once one of the couples adopts a Russian orphan, things are never the same again. Truths come out and relationships are severed forever.

I was intrigued with this book and it kept my interest until the very last page.

Thank you to Net Galley.
Karla
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good Neighbors is a captivating book that offers a searing glance at the dark underbelly of suburban privilege. Author Joanne Serling is a master at suspense, revealing how the desire for group consensus and the maintenance of social niceties can lead people to turn a blind eye on the atrocities next door. In this book, Serling engages us in lives so invested in comfort that they can not afford to confront their moral bankruptcy until it is too late. A deeply disturbing and highly entertaining r ...more
Jess
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This story had a bit of a 'Big Little Lies' feel to it, or rather the way it was written reminded me very much of Liane Moriarty's style (which I Love!).

The book takes place in an affluent neighborhood where the inhabitants are bonded through their children all being of similar age and not much else, yet there is a forced camaraderie between them. However, not everything is as what meets the eye with these neighbors. When one family decides to adopt a little girl from Russia, their fellow neigh
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Jill
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley for a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. This book was not what I expected it to be. It was easy to read and had some very interesting relationships between the neighbors. It is told by one of the neighbors Nicole and it dives into her feelings as a mother, daughter, sister, wife and also a neighbor/friend. After reading this it will make me think twice about becoming too friendly with any of my immediate neighbors. They are quite a bunch of diff ...more
Nicole Chinnici
I had fairly high hopes for Good Neighbors as the blurb piqued my interest with its Liane Moriarty vibes. In the end, though, I had very mixed feelings about this book.

From the beginning, the set up for Good Neighbors was such that I was able to jump right in and engage with it. With a main character named Nicole who lives in a suburb called Fair Lawn (ironically there is a town named Fair Lawn not far from where I live), this novel follows her life and relationships with both her family and the
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Susan
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
The author captured the nature of friendships with suburban neighbors. You often come to more of the details of day-to-day comings and goings than they might choose to share with others in their lives, but do you really know them at all? Relationships develop and evolve with proximity and shared supervision of childrens play with the inevitable gossip that comes with attempts to piece together explanations of perplexing observed behaviors of others. Questions are left unanswered as indeed they o ...more
Rhonda Lomazow
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A group of neighbors a group that has become close friends& then a Russian girl is adopted gossip questions start to teAe the neighbors apart.Unputdownable perfect for book club discussion Thanks # NetGalley # twelve press for advance Galley, ...more
Julie Parks
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
We knew we were never going to be the kind of parents our parents had been: hopelessly authoritarian, yet clueless and also uninterested in parenting.
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We knew that we would never have been friends if we didn't live on the same street at the same time with kids the same age.
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We were modest. We were moneyed. We were all of us self-made and the most successful siblings of our respective families. A fact we laughed about as soon as we knew each other well enough to admit it. That our extended fa
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Andrea
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
New release, fiction. A rather interesting read. I didn't feel any connection with the characters and of course one in particular was downright despicable. But the plot was intriguing... well-to-do family in the neighborhood adopts a young girl from Russia and they treat her... differently. Is it the young girl that has problems, or is it a family that has problems? And what does a good neighbor do? I give this book a solid "B" and if you can check it out from your local library, do so. I think ...more
Vintage274
Jan 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
What happens when close neighbors begin to have doubts and suspicions about each other? The adoption of a young Russian girl creates questions among friends, leading to cracks in a number of relationships. Nice read with lots of twists and turns.
Barbara
Mar 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommended to Barbara by: Esil
3.5 Stars: “Good Neighbors” is a quick read about a group of neighbors who socialize frequently and enjoy each other’s company. All is good until one family adopts a preschooler from Russia. The mother of the family is strident, bossy, and not easy to like. The father is a laid-back spine-less man. Once the girl is brought home from Russia, it appears that the mother is not pleased with her less-than-perfect adoptee. Some of the neighbors are concerned with her treatment of her adopted daughter. ...more
Brooke Showalter (Brooke Blogs)
1.5 Stars

I expected so much more from this story! Right from the start, I was pulled in and wanted to see how it would all play out. I felt like this book had so much potential...the story built and built and then just fizzled out. To me, it felt like I was continuously waiting for something to happen and it just never did. I also thought the ending didn't resolve the story line, so I felt unsatisfied upon finishing this one. There were a lot of things left unanswered.

I checked this book out fr
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Vikki
I felt a few things reading this book, so that kept me interested. I was annoyed with these neighbors who went about their business, when there was enough instances to know that something was very wrong at the Edwards house. I was surprised by what Nicole found when she finally went to look for Winnie. I could be wrong, but I thought there was incorrect punctuation on pages 116 and 131.
Cathie
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018-rc-goal
This story is about four well-to-do neighboring families that are well off living the suburban life: get-togethers, gift-giving, and impromptu visits.

The dialogue between this group appears to be one of denial and fake impressions; bullying, mean streaks and meanness, jumping to conclusions, obviously it's all about the GOSSIP!! And of course they all really don't get along.

There seems to be a lot of unrevealed story lines and lack of character development. You do learn about Nicole and what s
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Joanne Serling’s debut novel, GOOD NEIGHBORS, was published by Twelve/Grand Central publishing in February 2018. Her fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in New Ohio Review and North American Review. She is a graduate of Cornell University and studied and taught fiction at The Writers Studio in New York City. Prior to embarking on a fiction career, she worked in women’s ...more

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