Review: ‘The Family Next Door’ Exposes The Complexities of Life Through Family Drama

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Pleasant Court is a family neighborhood where everyone is cordial and happy… but are they really? Author Sally Hepworth takes us behind closed doors and skillfully reveals secrets, lies, hidden agendas and family drama in The Family Next Door.

Some of the salacious secrets involve a baby left in a park, a mother’s lie about her pregnancy, a husband with a secret child and a wife engaged in an adulterous affair. Despite these insurmountable odds, there is still friendship, love, compassion and support to round it out just as the complexities of life are exposed.

After suffering from postpartum depression, Essie and Ben have relied heavily on Barbara, Essie’s mother, to help out with their two daughters. Ange’s husband Lucas was unfaithful, so she told him a lie to keep him interested in the marriage. Fran stepped out on her husband Nigel and must question whether or not he is the father of their youngest child. Then Isabelle moves in next door.

With a sketchy background and no husband or children, Isabelle stands out as an unlikely neighbor. She weaseled her way into the neighborhood friendships, but is hiding deep motivations behind why she is there.

This story offers a glimpse of reality, showing complications in marriages, past histories, parents and children, with a shocking secret. The Family Next Door is a family drama, full of mysteries, lies, betrayal, forgiveness, and love – a classic Sally Hepworth novel that’s dynamic and complex.

The Family Next Door is now available for purchase. For more information on the author, visit her website at


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Sally Hepworth is a former event planner and human resources professional. A graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, Sally started writing novels after the birth of her first child. She is the author of Love Like The French, published by Random House Germany in February 2014. Sally has lived around the world, spending extended periods in Singapore, the U.K., and Canada, and she now writes full-time from her home in Melbourne, where she lives with her husband and two young children.


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