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Book Review : The Family Next Door by Caroline Finnerty

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0BYRS1JPW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Boldwood Books (27 July 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 3402 KB

No one really knows what goes on behind closed doors.

On the quiet street of St Brigid’s Terrace in Dublin, Eileen Murphy lives alone at number 26 with her dog Dora. Virtually a recluse, she keeps herself to herself as she tries to come to terms with her tragic past.

Next door in number 28 lives beautiful Lucy Walsh, her husband Neil and their 5-year-old daughter Anabel. To Eileen, who watches from her window, the Walshs are the perfect family.

But one fateful night, Eileen is pulled into their world and she realises that Lucy Walsh’s life isn’t as perfect as she thought.

With the unexpected help from little Anabel, the women become a lifeline for each other to overcome the demons in their lives.

Through Eileen’s help, Lucy finds the courage to overcome her fears and in aiding Lucy, Eileen is forced to emerge from her solitary world and take baby steps to confront her own past.

As the bonds of friendship change these women forevermore will Lucy find the courage to forge a new life for herself and her daughter and will Eileen find it within herself to forgive for her old mistakes?

Book Review

Trigger Warning: Domestic abuse

On a street in Dublin, Eileen lives alone with her dog, Dora. She is a virtual recluse, only going out when it is absolutely necessary. Next door to Eileen live Lucy and Neil along with their little girl, Anabel. They seem to have a perfect, idyllic life and Eileen cannot help but feel jealous of them. In contrast, the couple see Eileen as a strange madwoman.

One night, however, their worlds collide when Eileen comes to Lucy’s rescue. After this, an unlikely friendship is forged between them and Anabel takes a shine to both Eileen and Dora. The two women have more in common than either could have initially imagined and together they become each other’s source of help and guidance, with Eileen being there for Lucy amidst the domestic drama with Neil, and Eileen opening up about her past.

The Family Next Door is an amazing book, which deals with very difficult subjects with sensitivity and care.

The writing is fabulous, and I quickly raced through it as it was so entertaining.

Anabel is a lovely little girl who doesn’t deserve the environment she lives in and I loved Dora, Eileen’s dog and only companion.

I was happy to see Eileen open up finally about her past trauma and she found a real friend in Lucy.

A quick read, this domestic drama is both addictive and entertaining.

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About the Author

Caroline Finnerty is an Irish author of heart-wrenching family dramas and has compiled a non-fiction charity anthology. She has been shortlisted for several short-story awards and lives in County Kildare with her husband and four young children.

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