Book Reviews of The Cat Next Door

The Cat Next Door
The Cat Next Door
Author: Marian Babson
ISBN-13: 9780312983000
ISBN-10: 031298300X
Publication Date: 3/14/2003
Pages: 192
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 13 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
Book Type: Paperback
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Babson is obviously a cat person-and her mysteries are very entertaining.
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Good story!
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Book description:
Returning home to England from New York, Margot finds her family in chaos. Her cousin Chloe is in prison awaiting trial for murdering her twin sister Claudia, their mother has withdrawn into the imaginary world of her romance novels, Claudia's 14-year-old daughter has regressed to early childhood and refuses to leave her bed, and to top it all off, the family cat has decided to live with the neighbors.
As Chloe's trial approaches, the atmosphere in the house becomes increasingly fraught and Margot begins to wonder whether someone else is responsible for Claudia's death. Is Chloe taking the blame for the family's sake? It's not until a second murder that the pieces begin to fall into place and the cat agrees to come home

I have read a few other Babson books, and most were very light. This one has a much darker aura; the characters actually seemed to suffer over the death, which is not always the case in this genre. We did not get to know the characters well - which is pretty much like real life. I did feel the ending was a bit quick and there were some dangling threads, but again that is like real life. This has convinced me to try a few more by this author.