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A Crime in the Neighborhood
by Suzanne Berne
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PublisherPenguin Group(CA)
Release Date1999-12-01 (added to CC 27 Aug)
Amazon Sales Rank340,725
In the long hot summer of 1972, three events shattered the serenity of ten year old Marsha's life: her father ran away with her mother's sister Ada; Boyd Ellison, a young boy, was molested and murdered; and Watergate made the headlines. Living in a world no longer safe or familiar, Marsha turns increasingly to 'the book of evidence' in which she records the doings of the neighbors, especially of shy Mr Green next door. But as Marsha's confusion and her murder hunt accelerate, her 'facts' spread the damage cruelly and catastrophically throughout the neighborhood.



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(3 Sep)
The protagonist's curious point of view of the world is charming, it's mostly what makes this book worth a try. It kept making me read on to find out what her little head ended up concocting

However, the story itself is painfully uneventful. I don't want to spoil anything, but, I wil say the main conflict isn't what you expect after reading the first page. The 'true' conflict that takes (what feels like) 90% of the book is much...much less interesting or mysterious.

I realize it sounds really bad, but it's not a bad book...It's just not what you would expect after reading the title and the first couple of pages and more like a family drama