Tuesday, August 10, 2010

103 - Neighborhood Watch; Cammie McGovern



















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)

18 comments:

  1. This sounds good - what a unique plot! Thanks for the interesting review -

    Sue

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  2. I love it when the characters are so ordinary you can relate to them. This sounds pretty good.

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  3. This sounds good! I really like the cover, too. :)

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  4. This does sound like an excellent book. You've whetted my appetite for a good mystery!

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  5. Not sure if this one would be for me, but I am glad to see that you liked it and wrote such a great review on it!

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  6. I'm definitely adding this one to my wishlist. Thanks so much for the review!

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  7. This one sounds interesting. I like thrillers to have believable characters.

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  8. I have a copy of this so seeing the thumbs up and 4/5 made me feel good that I will enjoy this one too!

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  9. Since I am a library worker, this one definitely appeals to me! I know how shifty librarians can be!!!

    ;)

    -Amy
    Life by Candlelight

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  10. I enjoy a good psychological thriller and if the ending is a surprise, that is even better. This sounds like one I'd like to read.

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  11. I just checked this one out from the library and am looking forward to it. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

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  12. Oh great..Right in my backyard. Seriously, nice review and if I read this type of book, I would read this one. I just get too creeped out.

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  13. Sounds kind of cool!! And I imagine you must have loved the library aspect of it too!

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  14. Sounds like a good one. I have Eye Contact but haven't read it yet.

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  15. Sounds like an interesting read. I'll keep my eye out for this one.

    Jennifer @ www.justicejennifer.com

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  16. This one looks good, even if it might be lacking something.

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