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The Girl Next Door

(2004)
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Kirkus Reviews
A father's release from prison strains family ties to the breaking point in MacDonald's latest domestic thriller. Successful physician Duncan Avery was convicted 15 years ago of stabbing his wife Marsha to death in their suburban New Jersey home, scattering what remained of his family to the winds. His oldest son Patrick's girlfriend Lindsay Farrell is packed off to Europe to avoid the scandal, while Patrick slinks off to Rutgers in despair. Daughter Nina goes to live with her mother's elderly Aunt Mary, and Jimmy, the youngest, is left in care of the Averys' postman, George Connelly, and his wife Rose in hope that their religious devotion with help him overcome his drug addiction. Now that Duncan has earned his parole, only Nina seems willing to be reunited with him. She moves him into her sublet, and when the condo association balks at having a convicted felon in the building, takes him off to New Jersey to live with her at Aunt Mary's, despite the crimp it puts in her budding New York acting career. The real damage, though, is to her relationship with her siblings, who can't see why Nina wants to offer Duncan shelter-much less why she wants to help prove his innocence. MacDonald (Suspicious Origin, 2003, etc.) introduces a healthy balance of introspection and interaction into her tale of deeply unhealthy family dynamics.

    

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Hardback Editions

July 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Girl Next Door: A Novel
Author(s): Patricia MacDonald
ISBN: 0-7434-2361-5 / 978-0-7434-2361-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria
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2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: Girl Next Door - Large Print Edition
Author(s): Patricia MacDonald
ISBN: 0-7394-4587-1 / 978-0-7394-4587-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Atria Books
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Paperback Editions

March 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Girl Next Door: A Novel
Author(s): Patricia MacDonald
ISBN: 1-4767-3891-2 / 978-1-4767-3891-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Gallery Books
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June 2005 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Girl Next Door: A Novel
Author(s): Patricia MacDonald
ISBN: 0-7434-2362-3 / 978-0-7434-2362-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket Books
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Audio Editions

November 2005 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Girl Next Door
Author(s): Patricia MacDonald
Publisher: Books on Tape
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November 2005 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Girl Next Door
Author(s): Patricia MacDonald
Publisher: Books on Tape
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August 2004 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Girl Next Door, the (Lib)(CD)
Author(s): Patricia MacDonald
ISBN: 1-4159-0467-7 / 978-1-4159-0467-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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2004 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Girl Next Door {Unabridged Audio}
Author(s): Patricia MacDonald
ISBN: 1-4159-0466-9 / 978-1-4159-0466-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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Kindle Editions

May 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Girl Next Door: A Novel
Author(s): Patricia MacDonald
Publisher: Pocket Books
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