Neighborhood Watch; Cammie McGovern
Betsy Treading, a librarian from a small town in Connecticut is convicted of murdering her neighbor --loner, and somewhat eccentric Linda Sue Murphy. The quiet librarian suffered from panic disorders, and was known to sleepwalk, and she was unable to recall earlier events that may have occurred during those times. After spending twelve years in prison, losing her job, her home, and her husband, she is released from prison when DNA evidence proves she was not the killer.
Upon her release, Betsy returns to live in the same neighborhood, at the home of a loyal friend and her husband. Although some of the people have moved, Betsy is obsessed with finding out who really killed Linda Sue, hoping to clear her name once and for all. As she begins a slow and steady process of questioning people and events, Betsy seems to recall some important bits of information about the night in question. In the process she must also deal with some painful secrets of her past.
MY THOUGHTS - This was a good psychological mystery. I liked the fact that the characters were every day people, who could be most anyone's neighbor. The novel was fewer than 300 pages, and was good, but it lacked that nail biting effect. The ending was a total surprise. I love when an author leaves me stumped. Overall a decent read. I also enjoyed this author's earlier books: Eye Contact and The Art of Seeing.
RECOMMENDED - 4/5 Stars (Book was sent by Publisher)