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Patricia MacDonald has won a worldwide audience of readers with her page-turning novels of domestic suspense that twist and turn with surprises. Now she presents a riveting thriller about a young woman who finds her life threatened when she returns to her picture-perfect suburban hometown where a brutal crime shattered her family when she was a teenager.
The affluent town of Hoffman, New Jersey reeled in disbelief when highly esteemed physician Duncan Avery stabbed his wife Marsha to death one spring evening. The two Avery sons turned their backs on their father but his daughter Nina never stopped believing in his innocence.
Now, fifteen years later, Nina, a struggling actress in New York City, returns to Hoffman when her father is paroled and insists on re-settling there. Not only does Dr. Avery want to repair his relationships with his sons and meet his grandchildren, he claims he wants to find out who killed his wife. But neither Nina's brother Patrick, a successful investment banker with a wife and twin sons, nor Jimmy, a recovering drug addict who has adopted a new family, can bear to acknowledge their father's return.
Then, as suddenly as before, another act of violence overturns the Averys' lives. No longer certain if she can trust her family, her neighbors, or her old friends, Nina finds she can rely only on herself and a surprising new ally in her life as she searches for the truth behind crimes past and present. If she digs deep-down into the secrets of her family's and her neighbors' lives she stands a chance of catching a killer before she becomes his next victim.
With psychologically perceptive characterizations, emotional realism, and a gripping story line, The Girl Next Door exposes the dark impulses and fierce passions that can rule seemingly ordinary people and showcases Patricia MacDonald at the height of her celebrated powers.
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Patricia Macdonald's darkly hypnotic tales have captivated readers across America, as well as in France, where she is a #1 bestselling author. Her previous novels include Suspicious Origin, Stranger in the House, Not Guilty, and the Edgar Award-nominated The Unforgiven. She lives with her husband and daughter in New Jersey, where she is working on her next novel.From Booklist:
Nina Avery is taking a break from her acting "career" (she survives on bit parts in soaps and the occasional commercial) so that she can help her father adjust to life on the outside. Nina was only 16 when she found her mother dead, stabbed with a kitchen knife. But Nina's father, Duncan, a doctor, found her first, and he was implicated, charged, and eventually convicted of murdering his wife. Nina never thought he was guilty, unlike her older brother, Patrick. Nina's other brother, Jimmy, is only now recovering from the drug and alcohol abuse that gave him solace after losing his mother to death and his father to jail. Duncan insists on returning home, but the small town isn't ready to forgive and forget. Then more tragedy forces Nina to dig further into the death of her mother. MacDonald, the master of the small-town tragedy, delivers another sure winner. Mary Frances Wilkens
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