There’s something about a suspenseful murder mystery focused on neighborhood secrets that just screams summer read to me. The Block Party is a twisty, clever mystery that will tempt you to read through in one sitting. Head over to Alton Road, the most exclusive cul-de-sac in Meadowbrook. You’ll meet a big cast of families, all with their own flaws and skills.
The annual block party is the can’t-miss event of the season, when all of the neighbors catch up, exchange gossip, and compare themselves to each other to figure out who is winning the race to success. You know something is bound to happen, with so many drunken and competitive people rubbing elbows and trading secrets. This time, the party ends in murder.
The story is told in alternating perspectives from a good and responsible neighbor on one side and a rebellious, misfit daughter on the other. Gradually we learn about the year of behind-the-scenes drama and family secrets leading up to the murder. Do you think you can figure it out? There might just be one last twist.
While you wait for your copy of The Block Party, check out these other tales of neighborhood noir with plenty of secrets and unexpected twists.
Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson
Oh, this is a good one! Amy is the mom who has it all together. She takes great care of her husband, teen stepdaughter and baby girl. Amy bakes cookies and helps her best friend run a neighborhood book club. Life is sweet. Then a new neighbor moves in and begins a dangerous game of blackmail. She knows Amy’s secrets, she knows who Amy really is. To protect her family and her new life, Amy works to best the blackmailer at her own game. This story will keep you guessing until the end. Available instantly with no holds as an ebook or as an audiobook read by the author on Hoopla.
Such a Quiet Place by Megan Miranda
Hollow’s Edge is a safe neighborhood. It’s the kind of place where your neighbors look out for you. Nothing exciting ever happens there. Or, not usually. As the story begins, Ruby returns home to the neighborhood after 14 months away in prison. She was convicted of a murder she didn’t commit. The murder happened in Hollow’s Edge, and everyone pointed at Ruby. Now she’s back and she’s trying to find out who really killed her neighbors. No one’s secrets are safe.
Cul-de-sac by Joy Fielding
Another quiet cul-de-sac, home to upstanding people. As Cul-de-sac begins, we know someone was shot in the middle of the night, but we don’t know who. It could be one of the newlyweds, or maybe the oncologist. The dentist. Maybe it’s the elderly widow. Every household in the neighborhood has secrets, and they all have access to guns. Can you figure out which one is deadly, and which one will be dead?
What the Neighbors Saw by Melissa Adelman
This domestic thriller set in a wealthy suburb of Washington, D.C. is described as Desperate Housewives meets The Couple Next Door. Sold! Alexis and her husband Sam buy a run-down Cape Cod house in an exclusive DC suburb. They think they’re just about to make their dreams come true. Sam will soon be a partner at his law firm and Alexis is pregnant with their second child. The neighbors could not be more welcoming. But then their successful neighbor Teddy, a father of three, is found murdered. As the police begin to ask questions, secrets are revealed, and the neighbors take sides. How far would you go to protect your home and the life you’d built there?