Read The Girl Next Door by Patricia MacDonald Online


She's out to clear his father's name...and caught in killer's sights.The affluent town of Hoffman, Ney Jersey, was shattered when esteemed doctor Duncan Avery stabbed his wife to death one spring evening. Now, fifteen years later, struggling actress Nina Avery -- who never doubted her father's innocence -- returns to Hoffman when he is paroled and moves home. Not only doesShe's out to clear his father's name...and caught in killer's sights.The affluent town of Hoffman, Ney Jersey, was shattered when esteemed doctor Duncan Avery stabbed his wife to death one spring evening. Now, fifteen years later, struggling actress Nina Avery -- who never doubted her father's innocence -- returns to Hoffman when he is paroled and moves home. Not only does Dr. Avery want to repair his relationship with Nina and her two brothers, successful investment banker Patrick and recovering drug addict Jimmy, he wants to find the real killer. But when violence overturns the Averys' lives again, Nina no longer knows who she can trust. Relying only on herself and on the mysterious prison doctor who treated her father, she searches frantically for the truth. But she must dig deep down into the secrets of her family and her town if she stands the chance of catching the killer who has his sight set on the new target: her....

Title : The Girl Next Door
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9780743423625
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 384 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

The Girl Next Door Reviews

  •  PuMbA's MoMmy*•.♥.•*
    2019-05-03 08:51

    I am very surprised that this book doesn't have a higher rating on here. It was very suspenseful! (view spoiler)[Even with the name of the title I didn't see the ending coming!! (hide spoiler)] I really admired Nina and her loyalty to her father even at the face of everyone else doubting him. This book mostly takes place in New Jersey & the East coast in the winter time. I love to read books that are in season so it made for a great October read. I highly recommend it to my fellow fictional crime readers it has a lot of who done it mystery.

  • Milissa
    2019-05-07 05:05

    Excellent bookThis book was great. I couldn't put it down. I read it very quickly. This author is one of my new favorite authors. The book had a great plot and an excellent ending. I will be buying more of this author's books

  • Monique
    2019-04-30 01:49

    Okay so have been away for a minute I know, with good reason my friends I am now ENGAGED and deep in wedding planning mode so its harder and harder to read books and stay focused on anything as it seems there are a million and one other things I need to be focused on..but I apologize on to the review, I thought this would be something quick and intriguing to read but found it was anything but..its the story of a family torn apart when their mother is found brutally murdered in the kitchen on night and the father is the prime suspect. With the three children divided in their loyalties it is only the daughter Nina that defends her father's innocence and proclaims to anyone that would listen that he did not murder her mother and that he does not deserve to be jailed or mistreated. There are side plots with each of the other children as one is a recovering alcoholic and the other who appears successful after marrying his doting high school tutor, having twin boys and living an outward seemingly perfect life. Discovering the real culprit behind the mother's murder, the reasons and the true events of that night were compelling and move you to finish the book to figure out the story but for me the reveal was somewhat disappointing and not well developed. You feel alittle letdown and aggravated when the person is revealed as there is not sufficient backstory to really wow you with the surprise..overall I did enjoy the way the book was written and would read more from this author but cant really say this book was enough to recommend to others for a great suspenseful mystery read...

  • Jen
    2019-04-26 05:59

    I've been reading a lot of detective mysteries as of late. This one, refreshingly, was NOT told in the first-person point of view.To avoid spoilers, I will simply say that I was kept guessing from twist to twist, and was heard to comment aloud during the read, "I was positive I'd figured that part out already..." MacDonald banks on the reader's tendency to lean a certain way, expecting the basest, jaded view most of us have - and uses this to her advantage, thereby spinning a surprising tale. The ending, while a bit abrupt, wasn't as tidy or saccharine as it could've been. And, while the book seemed to come to a sudden stop, as I sat there to digest it, it sank in that it needed to end that way. Sure, it could've gone into detail and spelled out every little tidbit that needed to be tidied up (a la Conan Doyle, or even Grafton), but that honestly would've dragged it out and bored me to tears. So, yes, a very satisfactory book, if a quick read (less than 300 pages). It's enough to interest me in her other books.

  • Morandia
    2019-05-05 02:43

    Loved the last 25% of the book but it was a serious struggle getting there. I was bored out of my mind. Had it not been an interlibrary loan book, I would have just stopped reading but I always feel guilty borrowing from another library and not finishing it. The ending was great, a nice twist, but I doubt I will read any more of her books.

  • Betty
    2019-05-01 02:41

    Two nights of reading until I was too cross eyed to keep going on this page turner! I'm making my Patricia MacDonald TBR wish list as I write this!

  • Jack Dixon
    2019-04-22 04:53

    This was a very pleasurable read full of mystery and suspense, an enjoyable and fun ride! I was hooked from the start and would love to read more by this author.

  • Kristin Danko
    2019-05-21 10:01

    A woman returns to her New Jersey hometown, in order to try to clear her father's name in her mother's murder that took place 15 years before. In the meantime, another mystery occurs...

  • Danielle
    2019-05-07 02:46

    My mom had this laying around after picking it up at a book sale. Finally, she started reading it and sharing with me about it, and handed it off when she was done. I've never heard of this author but ran out of books to read, and so figured why not? Dr. Duncan Avery has spent the past 15 years in prison for the murder of his wife, Martha. His sons Patrick and Jimmy believe he's guilty and should be denied parole, but his daughter Nina firmly believes that her father is innocent and pushes for his release. When Duncan is finally granted parole, he is determined to return to the small New Jersey town where he used to live with his family, and he isn't very well-received there to say the least. Still, Nina does everything she can to support him, but this proves to be short-lived because... My mom and I agreed on some questions and my top two are {SPOILER ALERT} 1. Why didn't Duncan call 911 and try to get help for his dying wife? I don't care if he knew she wouldn't live, wouldn't he do everything he could to save her? I know the relationship between the couple was rocky, but the man is a doctor after all.2. Why didn't Calvin ever say anything about seeing Gemma the night Martha was murdered? I get that he was high much of the time, but obviously Gemma believed he posed a threat. Didn't he care enough about his friend Jimmy to want to speak up? This book kept me absorbed and I finished it pretty quickly, of course, being under 300 pages helps with that. I thought that a few different characters were guilty, and it took me a while to figure out the ultimate ending, but I did before the big reveal (yay, me, doesn't happen often :) I recently started a new job which has been a stressful transition and this book, despite its grim subject matter, provided an outlet for me. I just picked up another Patricia McDonald novel and am ready to start. I guess I've got a new author to add to my reading list.

  • CC
    2019-04-26 09:48

    POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT *** actually read a lot faster, was on vacation and read every chance I got. enjoyed the read... I had idea of what might've happened, but I was practically at the end if the book , others may be faster in their detective skills... but I enjoyed it

  • Mary Lou Dyer
    2019-04-26 06:52

    Good book. Have been impressed with Patricia MacDonald as an author for awhile.

  • Ann
    2019-04-22 02:59

    Enjoyed this book. Suspenseful and kept my interest.

  • Julia Diorio
    2019-05-11 05:54

    I enjoyed the book. It was fast paced and and kept you wondering who did it right till the end.

  • Linda
    2019-05-09 04:37

    Nina Avery, fourteen years old, lived in a dysfunctional home. There is wonder that she could turn out so normal with little love between her parents and two older brothers with problems of their own. So when her father is accused of murdering her mother, she goes to live with an aunt. Fast forward to fifteen years later: she was the one who never believed her dad could have committed murder. Her father finally is paroled and comes to live with her but they encounter the realistic problems that prisoners make when joining society again. I don't want to give away much more; you need to read the book. Yes, there are some 'bumps'; things that I thought of or would have done differently but I'm not Nina. If you are looking for a quick mystery to read, this is for you. I polished it off in less than two days. This is the first time I've read something from this author and it felt like a young adult book- no steamy sex. It was like reading an older version of a Nancy Drew book if that helps. There is a touch of romance but the book is devoted to telling a story and solving the mystery. I can honestly say I didn't know who did it until the end. That was nice because I can usually figure out the murderer is long before the end. When I want something to challenge me I'll look for another book by Patricia MacDonald.

  • Kathleen Hagen
    2019-04-21 04:47

    The Girl Next Door, by Patricia McDonald. A.I like this author very much. This is the third book I’ve read by her. Each one seems to be a stand-alone. In this book, Nina was in high school, 14 years old, and asked on her very first date to a movie. She was so excited about it that she wasn’t paying too much attention to the usual arguments between her parents. Then, when she came home from the date, she found her mother bleeding to death on the floor and her dad kneeling over her. Her two brothers came home then, and they, and the police believed that her father, a doctor had murdered his wife. He was convicted and sent to prison. Then, 15 years later, he was paroled and went to live with his daughter, Nina, who had always proclaimed his innocence. After he is out of prison, he starts to investigate the murder, as he is proclaimed his innocence throughout and is now looking for the person who committed it. Then, he turns up dead. Nina believes immediately that it is murder, although the police are convinced initially it is suicide. There are times when every family member, except Nina, are under suspicion by the reader. McDonald does a very good job of throwing suspicion far and wide. It’s a page-turner and action packed as well.

  • Barbara
    2019-05-03 04:48

    Oh god! I kind of regretted taking this out from the local library – similar to buyer’s remorse; but of course this was free and not an impulsive purchase. The description seemed interesting at first. Then, when it came time to read this, I thought this might be a depressing read. A family torn apart by the murder of the mother and the father supposedly to blame does not really seem to make an easy, enjoyable read.Well, it wasn’t a picnic, but it wasn’t as bad as I expected either. In fact, it got pretty suspenseful and exciting at the end. It turned out to be a decent read and I did like it in the end. I’m not sure if I’ll read another. I like to read to relax and escape stress. Books like this really don’t help with that, even if they don’t add to the stress (as some books do). I’ll need to read the descriptions and judge better.

  • Christy
    2019-05-10 02:05

    I borrowed rhis from my Mom. Wow. This is not exactly the kind of book I would normally read but the cover and synopsis had me intrigued. It was one of those novels I didn't want to put down and had it read within a few hours. Nina and her family were torn apart when she was 14 after her mother was brutally murdered and her father sent to prison for her death. Nina Never believed her farher was guilty despite court evidence. Fast forward. 15 yrs later, Ninas father is paroled and she brings him home with her to start a new life.... But then tragedy hits again. I was not really surprised with end but I still recommend this this book to anyone that may like this genre.

  • Susan B
    2019-05-01 05:50

    I enjoyed this book. It was a quick read, entertaining and had a little twist at the end. Ms. MacDonald tricked me a bit and I thought I knew the killer, but I was surprised at who it was.I did get a bit annoyed at Nina, the main character, as she didn't seem to be aware of her own family's feelings toward her father, who had been convicted of murder, and tried to force them to accept him back into their lives. But, she did persist until the entire story of everyone's involvement came to light.I'd recommend this for a light and entertaining read.

  • Alan Jordan
    2019-05-02 08:41

    I picked up this book on a whim as "something to read" while on vacation and am so glad I did. I was not aware of Particia MacDonald or her work but look forward to reading more of her material.The story was well paced and wonderfully written with a few good twists to keep you guessing up until the end. I did read one review that stated they "knew who done it" early on, well kudos to them, I discovered it the same time the author did.Anyway, good book and I would recommend Ms.MacDonald to any mystery reader.

  • Nattie
    2019-05-13 03:55

    It has been a long time since a book made me burst into tears after reading it, but there I was crying my eyes out. This is a really sad story, it has a good ending, but nothing could ease my sadness. None of what happened should have, and it just broke my heart. I've become a big fan of Patricia MacDonald, she doesn't mess around with 400 page books with half of them being filler. She usually keeps it under 300 pages, and every word counts.

  • Jen Ashton Motz
    2019-05-11 08:46

    I thought this book was just ok. I had some trouble getting into the story and I'm not sure why- I almost gave up when I was about 20% through. That being said, once I got beyond that it drew me in more and I really wanted to know who did it. Was a surprising ending, which I always like, so worth the read, but there was just something about the prose that failed to draw me in.

  • Kat
    2019-04-29 03:56

    another good one by patricia macdonald. a girls mother was found killed in the house. her brother ended up marrying the girl next door who it turned out was seen by the girls mother burying a baby that was her sons (he didnt know about it). the girl was the one that killed her to cover it upit was a good book!

  • tivasyk
    2019-05-14 09:45

    я би не сказав, що фінал такий вже неочікуваний, як звітують читачі у відгуках на goodreads’ах: «якщо на початку вистави на стіні висить рушниця — наприкінці вона має вистрілити», те саме з персонажами, і тут їх не так вже й багато. загалом мені аудіоверсія сподобалася: добре начитана в два голоси, досить цікавий сюжет і цілком читабельно викладений. можна читати.

  • Kae Cheatham
    2019-04-21 06:52

    OK story about a girl who's father went to jail for killing her mother, but she didn't believe he did it. When he's paroled, he also is killed. Suspects range from her hostile older brother to persons unknown. Well developed story. Characters were sort of bland.

  • Gina
    2019-04-29 02:06

    I never expected it to be the murderer that was revealed at the end. But, I am really not surprised. I will be reading more from this author. This book was worth checking out. I am glad it was recommended to me.

  • Valerie
    2019-04-23 02:41

    I love Patricia MacDonald's novels. They have all the suspense and surprise twists in them that I have come to expect from my favorite authors. This one is no exception. I read it in one sitting and was very glad all the loose ends were neatly tied up in a great package at the end.

  • Julie
    2019-04-30 02:38

    Another suspenseful novel by Patricia Macdonald. It was such a page turner and had me suspecting almost every character. I also appreciate that each book stands alone. I have too many series I'm trying to read in order.

  • Julian
    2019-05-04 08:05

    This is a very good mystery and I highly recommend it to those who like constant action, red herrings and likable characters! I thoroughly recommend this one to anyone! Lots of surprises alongthe way! Enjoy!

  • Carol
    2019-05-11 04:51

    Story revolves around a man sent to prison for killing his wife. His daughter does not believe he did he and supports his bid for parole. He wants to go back to the town the murder happened in so he can prove his innocense. He doesn' but this daughter does almost at the cost of her own life.

  • Gina
    2019-04-23 07:44

    Nina is looking forward to her father's release from prison. He had been convicted of murdering his wife, a crime that she feels he was falsely accused of committing. When he is out of prison he seeks to solve the murder, but it could be dangerous to him or to Nina.