Thursday, May 6, 2021
Sinkhole. Toxic muck runs beneath bucolic Maple Street in a suburban Long Island town. In her novel titled, Good Neighbors, Sara Langan takes us beyond appearances and into a dark reality of life in many neighborhoods, especially when some people don’t fit in. The Maple Street enclave felt their first level of discomfort after the Wilde family moved in from the city. They don’t look right, they don’t act right, and they are just not the right people for Maple Street. After a sinkhole opens in a park near Maple Street, a young girl falls in. As the search to find her progresses, the Wildes become the focus of accusations. If, like me, seclusion during the spread of COVID-19 made you look at neighbors a little differently, say as potential vectors of disease, a novel like this one will lead you to all the bad places that such sentiments can encourage visiting. We don’t want to be like the neighbors on Maple Street, but there are times when we will act just like them. That’s a sinkhole to be avoided. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Good Neighbors from amazon.com.