Fiction · Page-Turner · Quick Read! · Theresa F · Thriller

Good Neighbors | by Ryan David Jahn

Good NeighborsGood Neighbors by Ryan David Jahn
(Penguin, 2011, 280 pages)

I didn’t love this book and I’m not sure why.  I couldn’t get over the idea of all of these things happening to people in one apartment building on the same night at 4:00 in the morning.  I know, I know, it’s not the point of the story and it doesn’t matter if it happened on the same night or different nights, it’s the stories of these people that matter… but still.

Amazon book description:
A compulsively readable debut crime novel inspired by the legendary real-life murder of Kitty Genovese.  At 4:00 A.M. on March 13, 1964, a young woman returning home from her shift at a local bar is attacked in the courtyard of her Queens apartment building. Her neighbors hear her cries; no one calls for help.  Unfolding over the course of two hours, Good Neighbors is the story of the woman’s last night. It is also the story of her neighbors, the bystanders who kept to themselves….Revealing a fascinating cross-section of American society in expertly interlocking plotlines, Good Neighbors calls to mind the Oscar-winning movie Crash….

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