Published by Graydon House on May 17th 2022
The perfect neighborhood can be the perfect place to hide…
Who wouldn’t want to live in Brighton Hills? This exclusive community on the Oregon coast is the perfect mix of luxury and natural beauty. Stunning houses nestle beneath mighty Douglas firs, and lush backyards roll down to the lakefront. It’s the kind of place where neighbors look out for one another. Sometimes a little too closely…
Cora thinks her husband, Finn, is cheating—she just needs to catch him in the act. That’s where Paige comes in. Paige lost her son to a hit-and-run last year, and she’s drowning in the kind of grief that makes people do reckless things like spying on the locals, searching for proof that her son’s death was no accident…and agreeing to Cora’s plan to reveal what kind of man Finn really is. All the while, their reclusive new neighbor, Georgia, is acting more strangely every day. But what could such a lovely young mother possibly be hiding?
When you really start to look beyond the airy open floor plans and marble counters, Brighton Hills is filled with secrets. Some big, some little, some deadly. And one by one, they’re about to be revealed… “A writer to watch.” —Publishers Weekly
Wow! If you’re looking for a character driven domestic suspense that you’ll want to devour in one sitting, look no further!
ON A QUIET STREET is set in one of those communities where everything looks soooo good from the outside. But you know the saying — Looks can be deceiving. Add one bereft mother intent on discovering the truth about the death of her golden child with equal parts bordering-on-psychotic, obsessive, suspicious wife, and a young, beautiful, but oh-so-reclusive neighbor across the street and you have the recipe for a page-turning drama.
Paige is convinced the hit and run death of her son was no accident and she’s determined to get to the bottom of it. She’s a strong, fearless woman who has honed her unauthorized surveillence skills to a level that would match those of seasoned investigators and master criminals alike. This particular skill set comes in handy when her long-time friend and neighbor, Cora, decides she needs to get to the bottom of her years-long suspicions of her husband’s infidelity. They hatch a plot that risks their being discovered and threatens to undermine their friendship in the worst possible way.
In the midst of all of this, thier paths cross with Georgia, the young mother across the street who never leaves her home and does not welcome visitors. According to her husband, this is because she is mentally unwell. But is she? Or is there more to that story? Who are the heroines and who are the villains? More than once I thought I had it all figured out only to find I was quite mistaken.
I found the ending to be very satisfying and really appreciated the manner in which a certain element was dealt with. (Sorry, I can’t give more detail there without spoilers but I’d love to discuss if you’ve read this one too so please feel free to reach out.) This is the first book I’ve read by author Seraphina Nova Glass but it will not be the last.
Many thanks to Graydon House Books for my complimenary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Seraphina Nova Glass is a professor and playwright-in-residence at the University of Texas, Arlington, where she teaches film studies and playwriting. She holds an MFA in playwriting from Smith College, and she’s also a screenwriter and award-winning playwright. Seraphina has traveled the world using theatre and film as a teaching tool, living in South Africa, Guam and Kenya as a volunteer teacher, AIDS relief worker, and documentary filmmaker.
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