"The Girl Next Door," by Patricia MacDonald, is about a terrible act of violence that tears a family apart. Marsha Avery is the mother of three children, Nina, Patrick, and James, and the wife of Duncan, a respected physician. When Marsha is brutally murdered by an unknown assailant, Duncan is convicted and sent to prison. Although he has professed his innocence throughout the years, Nina is the only one who believes him.
Years pass, and when Duncan becomes eligible for parole, he is a broken man. He has been stripped of his medical license, and he lacks the friendships, money, and prestige that he once took for granted. His two sons are reluctant to associate with him. Only Nina has remained loyal and steadfast throughout the many years that her father has been in prison. Nina is horrified when her father tells her that he wants to return to the New Jersey suburb where her mother was killed. He insists that he needs to find out who really killed Marsha Avery. Duncan's fateful decision leads to unexpected and chilling consequences.
"The Girl Next Door" is a suspenseful psychological thriller that is hard to put down. The characters are nicely depicted, especially Nina Avery, the dutiful daughter who supports her father when everyone else has abandoned him. The plot is engrossing, with violence, romance, and enough surprising twists and turns to keep even the most clever reader guessing until the surprising, albeit melodramatic, conclusion. If you like intricate page-turners, pick up this fast-moving and exciting novel.
very good read,it had me guessing til the end!
Good mystery/thriller whose plot and characters will keep you guessing.
If you like Mary Higgins Clark, you will love this book!!
very quick read - interesting ending. you think it's predictable (some of it is) but there is a twist.
This was an excellent mystery!
Patricia MacDonald's books just keep getting better. Great mystery and thriller!
I really liked this book. I read it in one afternoon and couldn't put it down. The only complaint I have is the ending. I found it not too reasonable. I am not an author just a reader, who can probably be too critical. I will however be reading more Patricia MacDonald books.
My first Patricia MacDonald read...I've added her to my BOLO author list!
Another winner from P. MacDonald! I'm officially a fan, she's one of my new favorites and I can't wait to dive into her backlist of titles! Loved the twists in this one! Only disappointment is that the ending felt rushed to close, but that's my only complaint with the story. Otherwise? AWESOME!
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Another thriller that I couldn't put down from MacDonald. This was an exciting tale that keeps you guessing till the end. Family loyalties, secrets and lies...it has it all!