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The Good Neighbor by Cathryn Grant
Narrator: Emily Durante, Steve Marvel
Published by Tantor Audio on February 11, 2020
Genres: Thriller, Mystery
Length: 8 hours, 57 minutes
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When 14 year old Brittany disappears one night, her parents are devastated, certain she has been taken.
They can’t bear to think about who has done this and what might be happening to their precious girl.
Even worse, the police seem to see them as suspects, implying that they may have had a part in their own daughter’s disappearance. Only their neighbor, Taylor, is a rock. She organizes search parties, feeds the volunteers, works night and day to help them find Brittany.
But as this affluent California community becomes focused on the hunt for the missing girl, it slowly becomes clear that her disappearance is linked to terrible secrets from the past.
Secrets that must be kept hidden at all costs….
OK, The Good Neighbor was totally not what I expected. I thought it would be a story about looking for the missing girl with her family’s terror and some police procedural detail and the suspense of not knowing what had happened to her. I also kind of expected that the neighbor would be a key support for the family (based on the title). I will not spoil this story by sharing any of the twisty, mind-bending facts.
We do get the point of view of each of the parents a little bit, and two of the neighbors, a woman, Taylor, and a teenage boy, Luke and the girl herself, Brittany. Until I went back and checked I would have said it was almost all from the point of view of the neighbor, Taylor. Perhaps that is because some of the others, particularly Moira doesn’t seem very reliable. We get a better sense of how the loss and search affects Taylor than the parents. I guess the title would hint at this, and actually it has a double meaning in the end.
I was blown away with the world created, with everything seeming unusual. The police don’t act the way I would expect, especially with the parents. There was a lot which didn’t seem to make sense, until it did. I enjoyed this odd and creepy story.
I really enjoyed the female narrator and she handled both the adult women and the teen, Brittany with different voices which seemed appropriate. I thought the male narrator was fine, although maybe too old sounding for Luke. I definitely enjoyed both in the audio performance. Each chapter was a different character point of view, with Durante narrating if the character was female and Marvel narrating if it was a male character view. I listened at my normal 1.5x speed.
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