"Quintessential psychological suspense"
Fifteen years ago Nina Avery returned home from her first
date to find her mother dead and her father trying to
shield her from the carnage. After an investigation
Nina's father Douglas, a well respected doctor, is charged
with the crime and found guilty of second degree murder.
Her brother Jimmy, an alcoholic and drug addict, was
placed in the care of neighbors where he straightened his
life out, her older brother Patrick went on to college and
married and had two children. Nina stood by her father
while trying to find acting jobs in New York City.
At a parole hearing Jimmy fails to show up, Patrick speaks
out against him and Nina does all in her power to get the
board to let her father go free. Parole is granted and
Douglas who swears he is innocent returns to the scene of
the crime to find evidence that would exonerate him.
Before he can find out anything he is murdered but someone
made it look like suicide. With the help of the prison
doctor, Nina takes up where her father left off and finds
herself in danger from a killer she has known for almost
Fans of Marry Higgins Clark will want to read THE GIRL
NEXT DOOR, the quintessential psychological suspense
tale. The Avery clan is a dysfunctional but likeable
family who pull readers into their angst laden drama and
end up hoping they will recover from the traumas they have
endured. Patricia Macdonald is a brilliant writer known
for her works of intrigue; her latest novel is definitely
her best but this reviewer will probably say that about
her next novel too.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 29, 2004