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Book Review: The Girl Next Door by Elizabeth Noble


I have read all of Elizabeth Noble's books, it has taken me a bit longer to get hold of this one but she did not disappoint. The Girl Next Door follows the many inhabitants of an apartment block in New York. We have Eve Gallagher and her husband Ed who have just relocated from the UK for Ed's job. Violet is in her 80's and very private yet she sees something in the lonely Eve that makes her take her under her wing. Jason Kramer is fed up with his wife Kim who is constantly miserable and overprotective of their young daughter plus he thinks he may be in love with Rachel Schulman who lives right next door. Trip Grayling is a very wealthy bachelor living from day to day on his trust fund until he meets Emily Mikanowski who causes him to find some purpose and direction in his life but will this be rewarded with her affections?

As you can see there are a fair few characters in this book. The ones mentioned above are only a handful. Elizabeth Noble includes a list at the front so that the reader can keep up with who's who and how they are all connected. I was a little anxious about this initially as I do not usually like books with lots of characters to keep tabs on. However, I very quickly got to know them all and I didn't have to refer back to the list too often.

By having a large amount of characters I think the author gives you a real feel of apartment living. All these people coming and going with their own lives and their own problems and only very rarely connecting with each other despite living so closely.

I think this is probably Elizabeth Noble's longest book and there are so many different areas covered in it; love, loss, infidelity, friendship, jealousy betrayal to name but a few. The story lines are linked well and quite subtly considering how many there are. I enjoyed the book, especially the ending as I thought that it was all tied up and concluded really well. If you have read Elizabeth Noble's other books and enjoyed them then don't miss out on this one. I think she is very brave in that she doesn't always give her readers the perfect ending that they may have been expecting. She balances a lighthearted writing style with heavier subjects, a book to make you laugh and cry.

10 comments:

Nadia said...

Great review! This books sounds so good. I have read a few of Noble's books before and have enjoyed each one. She just has a great way of developing characters and integrating them with each other that just keeps you hooked. She's not sappy, which I like. I'm definitely going to keep my eye out for this book. Thanks!

Sheery said...

What a fantastic review. I haven't read any of Elizabeth Noble's work but I will certainly look for this book at the library. Thnak you for turning my attention to an author that will be a new one for me.

Diane said...

Sounds like a great book based on your terrific review; thanks so much

Dot said...

Nadia- Thank you, I agree that she's not sappy, she doesn't give you a happy ending just for the sake of it!

Sheery- thank you, hope that you enjoy reading her books!

Diane- thanks, I really enjoyed it like I have all her others!

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Thanks for the review! I must admit I haven't read any books Ms Noble either, but I have a copy of this one and I cannot wait to read it! It look so pretty and sounds really good too so it should be a treat! :)

Alayne said...

Nice review, this book sounds really cute.
Alayne - The Crowded Leaf.

Chloe @ chicklitreviews said...

Glad you liked it Dot, I loved it too! I can't wait for her new one! Chloe xx

Dot said...

Bookalicious Ramblings- I think you will probably really enjoy Elizabeth Noble, I look forward to reading your review!

Alayne- Thank you, I have enjoyed all of her books so far.

Chloe- I'm really looking forward to the new one too, sounds like it's going to be another good read!

Booksnyc said...

I am reading The Reading Group by Noble now and loving it! Girl Next Door sounds perfect to me - I live in NYC - I am sure I could relate!

Thanks for the review!

Dot said...

booksnyc- The Reading Group is one of my favourite Elizabeth Noble books, really pleased that you are enjoying it. You should try The Girl Next Door, I couldn't put it down!

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