THE NEIGHBORS by Hannah Mary McKinnon & GIVEAWAY


Spring has sprung and BOOKSPARKS and SPARKPOINTSTUDIO kick off their spring reading challenge with Hannah Mary McKinnon’s, THE NEIGHBORS. …New friends, old secrets!

The Neighbors


 Abby looks forward to meeting the family who just moved in next door—until she realizes they’re the one couple who could expose her deepest secrets.

Hannah Mary McKinnon’s, novel THE NEIGHBORS(MIRA) is jam-packed with enough secrets and guilt to make anyone feel pretty good. Everyone is interconnected through some tragedy or perceived bad behavior that I visually saw a soap opera in my head.

Abby is responsible for a car crash that kills her brother back in 1992. It’s a mistake she can never forgive, so she pushes away her boyfriend, Liam, the man she loves most. She believes he’d hate her for what happened.

Twenty years later, Abby’s husband, Nate is also living with guilt, because he came across the car crash and was only able to save Abby. They understand and believe this is the glue to keeps them together.

In what can only be called a strange twist of fate, Liam moves into the neighborhood with his own family, right next door to Abby, Nate and their daughter, Sarah. Abby and Liam, agree to pretend they never have met, yet cannot resist the pull of the past.

It only gets more complicated from there.

I find it hard to believe Abby and Liam would keep the truth from their spouses, but then again, there would be no novel. I was hooked by THE NEIGHBORS. It’s a complicated story with complex characters that kept me reading until the very end. I believe you will enjoy it, too.


Hannah’s Own Words:

I was born in 1971 in Manchester, UK to British & Swiss parents. A year later they moved my older sister and I to Switzerland. Rather unsurprisingly I love mountains, chocolate and cheese… or mountains of chocolate and cheese, and my sister, of course.

After finishing commercial studies in Geneva, I worked as a PA for DuPont. A year later I moved to Neuchâtel and became the Purchasing Manager for an ultra-cool company that made motors for industrial and space applications. Finding myself lacking in theoretical knowledge, I returned to university, studying part-time for a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. And then a friend of a friend introduced me to another friend who’d started up an IT recruitment business. Over the next fifteen years I rose through the ranks to become CEO.

Things outside of work were hardly boring. A chance encounter back in the dark ages of the Internet in 1999 led me down the aisle with Rob, my Canadian rock, five months later. Actually it was exactly ten weeks after we met face-to-face at the Saint John airport in New Brunswick, Canada – and we’re still married. True story. Our first son was born in 2003, followed by identical twin boys just sixteen months later, so I’m heavily outnumbered. In 2010 we all moved to Oakville in Ontario, Canada.

Maybe it was the failed attempt at a start-up company, or the fact I suddenly found myself in my forties, but one morning I decided to follow my oldest passion, started writing, and never wanted to look back. I write fiction for adults and dabble a little in kid-lit. Sometimes I think I’ll never have enough time to get all of the ideas out of my head and on paper. I also have a soft spot for short stories and mud runs. I love mud runs… hey, wait… that’s another story I could write…!


Thanks to BookSparks and MIRA for providing one copy of THE NEIGHBORS for a giveaway. Just tell us something you feel/felt guilty over.

We’ll pick a winner soon. Good luck.

#NoShelfControl @SpringReading

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31 thoughts on “THE NEIGHBORS by Hannah Mary McKinnon & GIVEAWAY

  1. I feel guilty for not spending as much time my grandmother during my teen years. There were weekends that I would not go visit my grandmother. I wanted to be with my friends or boyfriend. I miss her so much. She was the most kind and loving person.

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  2. As a Catholic, I feel guilty about pretty much anything! But seriously, I feel guilty whenever I snap at my daughter over little things.

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  3. I’m Jewish, so guilt is in my DNA. 🙂 I felt really guilty the time I went to an author event in the winter (2 years ago) because I wasn’t sure it was going to snow as bad as it did and then I got stuck and a friend’s husband had to come pick me up, risking his own safety. Another friend tried to get me but they got stuck too, so I also felt bad about that.

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  4. I wrote a letter about 40 years ago to someone that I cared about and told them that I didn’t and have always felt guilty for not being honest. Now that person is gone and I can never set things straight.

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  5. I try not to feel guilty, but certain things too personal to share here crop up on me here and there. And, of course, like every mom, I wonder if I am doing enough for my children 🙂

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  6. Oh gosh, I’m a mom, what is there to not feel guilty over?

    Loved in your review when you say, “I find it hard to believe Abby and Liam would keep the truth from their spouses, but then again, there would be no novel.” Sometimes we just have to go with it, don’t we?

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  7. I feel guilty every February for not going to Michigan for my Sister’s birthday. She lives in Southwest Michigan and they get lake effect snow which means it snows there all the time and you can get stuck up there for days.

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  8. Guilt comes naturally being a parent, doesn’t it? LOL As a mother, I always wonder if I did right by my kids. Anxiety is in our genes, and I always feel bad when they have bad days.

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  9. I feel guilt when I’m reading and should be doing something around the house, I feel guilt when I stay up late reading and then sleep in too long…A lot of my guilt has to do with reading…

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  10. In December 2017, a dear friend of mine passed away unexpectedly. Even though we hadn’t seen each other since summer, we talked on the phone regularly. We had made plans to get together for dinner in November, but I rescheduled. Then she got the flu in December, so we rescheduled again for during the holudays. We never got the chance and I will forever regret it rescheduling our original plans in November.

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  11. I always feel guilty for something. Not being kind enough and caring enough to my parents especially, that is the most important guilt for me.

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  12. I regret not going to nursing school, I was accepted but was terrified of leaving home and of failure. Thank goodness I finally grew up and have the life I always dreamed of!

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  13. There are a lot of things I feel guilty about. One of the biggest was blaming someone for something they didn’t do. They passed away before I could apologize 😦

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  14. I feel guilty that 4 years ago when my son called and told me he was going to the hospital because he didn’t know what was wrong with him, I wasn’t there to advocate for him and he passed away alone. Thank you for the chance.


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