Good mothers…never show their feelings. Never spill their secrets. Never admit to murder.
The annual Halloween block party is the pinnacle of the year on idyllic suburban cul-de-sac Ivy Woods Drive. An influential group of neighbourhood mums - known as the Ivy Five - plans the event for months.
Except the Ivy Five has been four for a long time.
When a new mother moves to town, eager to fit in, the mums see it as an opportunity to make the group whole again. This year's block party should be the best yet…until the women start receiving anonymous messages threatening to expose the quiet neighbourhood's dark past - and the lengths they've gone to hide it.
As secrets seep out and the threats intensify, the Ivy Five must sort the loyal from the disloyal, the good from the bad. They'll do anything to protect their families. But when a twisted plot is revealed, with dangerous consequences, their steady foundation begins to crumble, leaving only one certainty: after this year's block party, Ivy Woods Drive will never be the same.
From award-winning author Tara Laskowski, The Mother Next Door is an atmospheric novel of suspense in which the strive for perfection ends in murder…