The Neighbors Are Watching

The Neighbors Are Watching

Debra Ginsberg / May 26, 2020

The Neighbors Are Watching Set against the backdrop of the deadly wildfires that forced the evacuation of half a million San Diego residents Debra Ginsberg s new novel The Neighbors Are Watching examines the dark side o

  • Title: The Neighbors Are Watching
  • Author: Debra Ginsberg
  • ISBN: 9780307463869
  • Page: 485
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Set against the backdrop of the deadly 2007 wildfires that forced the evacuation of half a million San Diego residents, Debra Ginsberg s new novel, The Neighbors Are Watching, examines the dark side of suburbia a place where everyone has something to hide Aside from their annual block party, the neighbors on Fuller Court tend to keep to themselves which doesn t mean thatSet against the backdrop of the deadly 2007 wildfires that forced the evacuation of half a million San Diego residents, Debra Ginsberg s new novel, The Neighbors Are Watching, examines the dark side of suburbia a place where everyone has something to hide Aside from their annual block party, the neighbors on Fuller Court tend to keep to themselves which doesn t mean that they aren t all watching and judging each other on the sly So when pregnant teenager Diana Jones shows up, literally, on her biological father s doorstep, the neighbors can t stop talking Joe Montana is a handsome restaurant manager who failed to tell his wife Allison that he fathered a baby with an ex girlfriend seventeen years ago Allison, already harboring her own inner resentments, takes the news very badly She isn t the only one Diana s bombshell arrival in their quiet cul de sac sets off a chain reaction of secrets and lies that threaten to engulf the neighborhood along with the approaching flames from two huge wildfires fanned by the Santa Ana winds.A former reality TV contestant who receives a steady stream of gentlemen callers at all hours, two women forced to hide their relationship in order to keep custody of their children, a sanctimonious housewife with a very checkered past, and a family who nobody ever sees these are just a few of the warring neighbors struggling to keep up appearances and protect their own interests But when lovely, troubled Diana disappears in the aftermath of the wildfire evacuation, leaving her newborn baby and many unanswered questions behind, the residents of Fuller Court must band together to find her before all of their carefully constructed deceptions come unraveled A potent blend of domestic drama and suspense, The Neighbors Are Watching reveals the secrets that bloom alongside manicured flowerbeds and the truths that lurk behind closed doors.

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      • Debra Ginsberg

        Debra M Ginsberg is a London born, American author She is the author of three memoirs as well as two novels Her first memoir Waiting The True Confessions of a Waitress was published by HarperCollins Publishers in 2000, followed by Raising Blaze A Mother and Son s Long, Strange Journey Into Autism, which chronicled her longtime struggle to get her son the education he was entitled to.Find Debra on Facebook Twitter DebraMGinsbergFollow Debra on Twitter Facebook DebraGinsbergWriter


    1. The cover of this book was very misleading, at least to me. I thought it would be a creepy book about a family who were voyeurs or killers or less than upstanding citizens; a book filled with sinister characters and twisted plotlines. But actually, the only types of characters in this book were tired, sad, washed up druggies and whores. There wasn't really any suspense, maybe some at the end. Not too much really happened in this book except depressing things happening to depressing people. Or ra [...]

    2. I suspect this may be a book my sister would like more than I did, although that's never a safe bet. This novel describes a circle of suburban neighbors -- Joe and Allison, a happy-seeming couple; Sam and Gloria, two lesbians adjusting now that their husbands have commandeered custody of their children; Dick and Dorothy, a stodgy couple with a self-righteous insistence on propriety; Jessalyn, who works as some kind of private call girl; the mysterious Sun family who talks to no one; and maybe on [...]

    3. Diana Jones is seventeen and pregnant when she shows up on the doorstep of the father she's never met. Joe Montana lives in a good neighborhood in San Diego, the kind where exteriors are well-kept and interiors are presumed to be tidy as well. But Diana's messy arrival, and her subsequent disappearance during the chaos of a wildfire evacuation, turns into the loose thread that causes large chunks of the neighborhood to begin to unravel.The story starts from Diana's perspective but shifts back an [...]

    4. NEIGHBORS opens with one of the most subtly suspenseful introductions I've ever read. You won't be able to resist turning the page and reading further. Nevertheless, the story is more a study in character than a whodunit, however nicely aspects of the latter were executed. Joe Montana comes home one day to find a pregnant young woman waiting in his driveway. She's his daughter from a previous relationship, one he never told his wife about. A wife who'd once reluctantly had an abortion because sh [...]

    5. This book just goes to show you, you really don't know what people are going through in their lives. I was totally shocked by the ending. I personally hate neighbor's that butt in and have to be gossip hounds. Karma will get those that continue to do damage. Until then. This is a great book and I highly recommend it!!! :)

    6. I won this book in a giveaway, Thanks. I liked this novel it was interesting and well written. I don’t think it was exactly what I was expecting but it was entertaining. I thought there would be a little more crime/mystery type element to the story. I would describe it is a tale of the American suburbs. What is going on behind the neighbor’s doors? Who is doing what, to whom, where and when? There are some of the standard stereotypes but I didn’t think they were too cliché. I didn’t fe [...]

    7. A fast read. Alternating between thriller moments and relationship issues, the author penned an engaging story. What intrigued me was the layers of relationship in the neighborhood (which is also what creeped me out to some degree). I didn't expect it to be as strong as it was, so was pleasantly surprised.

    8. I was dissapointed in this book. I got bored half way through the book. I was expecting alot more action and suspence wrapped around the fires, but got none of that. I struggled to finish the book without skipping pages.

    9. (This review also appears on my blog, posting in its enirety here since I won it through First program.)This book was depressing, uplifting, and makes you think. Isn't that the focus of most great books? There are multiple themes here -- at first the nosiness and judging of neighbors, to end with being sure to watch and know what your neighbors are about. At first sounds conflicting, but the change in perspective makes sense here. The biggest theme really seemed to be with children - through on [...]

    10. So far, one of my favorite fiction books of the year!This neighborhood is full of dark secrets, some you can figure out, and some you would never expect. It may not be different from Anytown, USA. Everyone has a secret.The neighbors:1. Christian woman with controlling husband and drug addict son.2. Lesbian couple that recently had their sons taken away.3. Seemingly perfect couple of teacher and restaurant manager husband.4. Mysterious Asian family with son who plays piano every day.5. Young neig [...]

    11. What goes on at your neighbor’s house? How well do you know them?The drama on Fuller Court pulled me right into the neighborhood. Well developed characters had me turning the pages of this novel set in suburbia where everyone has a façade, hiding their dark side within. From the first page I was drawn in by the diverse group. It’s so true that someone is watching you, not like a stalker, but rather is aware of your coming and going. Enter 17 year old, Diana, pregnant and deposited on the do [...]

    12. This was not my normal fare for reading material. However the idea seemed as if it would be of some interest so I thought I would give it a whirl. And I liked it, enough to come close to four stars, maybe more like a 3.5, would be my rating. The story kind of reminds me of that old classic country song that talks about what goes on behind closed doors. This is a story of a suburb street where everyone seems to have his or her own personal demons that they are hiding and nurturing. Nothing over t [...]

    13. Nothing much really happens in this book. The way it's written, about 95% of the 'action' actually happens when characters are reflecting on something that already happened. This was especially annoying in the last third if the book when you realize that everything that's going to happen has already happened, you just have to wait for the characters to sit around doing nothing but remembering things. The effect of it all was a real feeling of inertia, not a page-turning type of book where you ca [...]

    14. I'm rating this book three stars because found it an enjoyable read. It is a page turner that keeps the reader interested and curious about "the neighbors." This is not typical type of read, but Debra Ginsberg gives us a group of characters that she develops in such a way, you're hooked in. I also couldn't help thinking along the way, thank goodness that's not my neighborhood, I hope and pray! I just felt the plot was a bit predictable, but with a few good twists and turns. The characters are we [...]

    15. The story is set against the deadly wild fires of 2007 that forced the evacuation of half a million San Diego residents, The story examines the dark side of suburbia- a place where everyone has something to hide. The neighbors on Fuller Court tend to keep to themselves- which doesn,t mean that they aren,t all watching and judging one another on the sly. So when pregnant teenager Diana Jones shows up on her biological father,s doorstep, the neighbors can,t stoptalking. But when Diana disappears i [...]

    16. I won this book on .First off, I did think the story-line was interesting. I haven't read a book similar to this one before, and it does show uniqueness. However, I felt like I was drowning the entire journey of reading this book. The innuendo and cussing was what tipped the boat a little too far. More towards the beginning and on through the middle, there is cussing on every page. I'm the kind of person who believes a good story is not based on filthy words or phrases. I lose my respect for a b [...]

    17. I got this book by winning the " Free Book Giveaway," so I didn't know what to expect, but I had a hard time putting it down! The characters were so vivid: you really wanted to hate some of them; felt sorry for others; and vacillated between hating & feeling sorry for some. Debra Ginsberg has a way with characterization and I kept wanting to read more to find out what was going to happen to each, since they were all struggling with some dilemma (some of which you don't even find out until th [...]

    18. This was a great quick read. Loved that the story was set in Del Mar and centered around an event (Witch Fires) that really happened. Characters were developed to the point where you felt they could have been "your neighbors" - the only part I didn't like was the ending where one neighbor turns out to be a long lost criminal - just felt that this was an "add-on" and I would have liked to see this developed a little more but maybe the author did that on purpose so we would read her next book whic [...]

    19. against all odds, I somehow liked this family melodrama involving a pregnant teen who comes to live with the father she had never met, his shocked wife, who never knew about the daughter and a neighbourhood of curious people of varying attitudes. The events steam up when the girl disappears in the chaos caused by an uncontrolled forest fire which requires immediate evacuation. This event is after the birth of a cute daughter. The clueless father, the girl's mother, his current estranged wifr and [...]

    20. I picked it off the library shelf because of the title. Who could resist leafing through a book called THE NEIGHBORS ARE WATCHING? What are they watching, and why? And what are they going to do about it? I stopped myself from flipping pages after the first chapter and checked out the book. It's a very good read, with the mystery secondary to the character development. The bottom line is that anything can happen in suburban California, even if "the neighbors are watching," because the neighbors a [...]

    21. The general plot is interesting: everything is seemingly fine in this southern California neighborhood until a husband finds his pregnant 17-year-old daughter from a previous relationship on his doorstep. The neighborhood is evacuated because of fires and the young woman disappears, leaving her daughter behind. The reality, however, was that the book got worse as it progressed. The characters were altogether unlikeable and the ending felt hasty. I liked it enough to finish it, but wouldn't recom [...]

    22. I picked this book up because in one of the reviews said it would appeal to mary higgins clark fans--so i thought i would love it. (because mary higgins clark is one of my favs) Obviously whoever wrote that review as never read mary higgins clark because ginsberg is not even remotely close to mary higgins clark. This book was awful. Poorly written and hard to follow. The characters are just pathetic people. The suspense for me was when will this story be over!

    23. Debra Ginsberg writes a completely different book every time, and her latest novel is amazing. It's got the turn-the-pages speed of a thriller, the quiet and explosive drama of the best kind of small-town novel, and characters you won't forget. Really provocative - makes you wonder what you'd do if you ever saw what was really going on behind your neighbors' curtains.

    24. I didn't like this book at all. I won it from first reads I found this book to be boring and hard to finish. I found that I didn't like the characters. I think some issues the characters had were drawn out and others not brought out enough.

    25. carmel valley author. the epilogue floored me! too funny all the local references and this could be YOUR cul-de-sac.

    26. This book was okay. Every character in the book had some kind of problem, and not a little, insignificant problem, either. This made the novel dark and disturbing, at least for me. I read to the very end hoping for a happy ending. I guess it was, at least for the baby.

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