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The Girl Next Door [Hardcover]

Elizabeth Noble
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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26 Feb 2009

A gorgeous and unforgettable novel set in a turn-of-the-century New York apartment building on the Upper East Side, Love Storeys features four interwoven stories about love, life and living together.

Meet Eve Gallagher in Apartment 7A, newly relocated to New York from London with her ambitious banker husband. But she's lonely and lost ... until she meets elderly neighbour Violet, who's concealing a tragic story of her own. The Kramers and the Schulmans in Apartments 6A and 6B are about to find their lives intersecting in a most unfortunate manner when Jason Kramer falls head-over-heels for Rachael Schulman.

Jackson Grayling III in Apartment 5A is 26, fantastically wealthy and a directionless and hapless layabout ... but he's attracting the attention of a gold-digger in 2B even though he's far more interested in the beautiful and hardworking Emily Mikanowski in 3B. And finally, plain, dull and self-conscious Charlotte Murphy rents 2A and works in the Public Library ... she lives in a dreamworld and is desperate to be anyone but herself. Will any of her neighbours ever take enough notice of her to save her?

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (26 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718152336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718152338
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 709,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Noble lives in New York with her husband and two daughters. Her five earlier novels, The Reading Group, The Tenko Club, Alphabet Weekends, Things I Want My Daughters to Know and The Girl Next Door were all Sunday Times bestsellers, with The Reading Group reaching Number One.

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'Like a chick-lit version of Tales of the City, The Girl Next Door tells the stories of the residents of an apartment block in Manhattan. We loved it ... we were totally hooked wondering what twists were coming next' -- Heat *****

'This emotional read is full of fascinating characters you'll miss once the final page is turned'
-- Bella


'This emotional read is full of fascinating characters you'll miss once the final page is turned'

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally absorbing! 26 May 2009
By Bobby
Once again Elizabeth Noble has succeeded in entertaining us. This time with a cleverly interwoven tale of the lives and loves of neighbourly New Yorkers. Her characters are captivatingly real and honestly flawed.You care what happens to them. There are tears but plenty of laugh out loud moments too in a cracking good read that ends too soon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, light read 2 Nov 2010
I have enjoyed all of Elizabeth Noble's books up to this one, and The Girl Next Door carries on that trend. It's the story of a number of people who live in an apartment block in New York, and their trials and tribulations over the course of a year or so.

It's a very light book, and a quick and easy read, although it did move me to tears on two occasions. It doesn't have loads of substance, but it certainly kept me wanting to pick it up and read it as often as possible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warm and gentle writing style 16 Jun 2010
As is common with a number of Noble's books, here she takes almost a short story 'Love Actually' approach where we see snippets of intertwining lives. The reason for it in this book is people living in an apartment block in New York, and hence impacting on each other.

The main drive of the story is Eve and Ed, an English couple who move across from England when Ed starts a secondment in the New York office. Eve suffers due to the move, feeling lonely and needy, and eventually decides that having a baby would solve the issues she has, both with her new life and her relationship. The conclusion of their particular story brought tears to my eyes.

Other characters include Kim and Jason, a couple who are struggling through the aftermath of IVF; Rachael and David, who have to come to terms with a huge shock to their relationship; and the sweet love story between Emily and Jackson.

There are other stories that gently touch these more central narratives as well. Unusually, I found all the stories equally absorbing in their own way - although a couple of the characters annoyed me. These included Madison, because of her jealous and manipulative nature, and Charlotte, because of her naivety (although we leave her having had an epiphany of sorts and therefore can hope she'll change).

I enjoy Noble's warm and gentle writing style (that could be compared to other chick lit giants such as Marian Keyes), but also appreciate the fact that she is willing to touch on real life issues and tell sadder stories rather than keep everything light and frothy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 50/50 14 Oct 2009
I have came across this book 3 times before in the end I decided to buy it. I have not read an Noble book before so therefore I cannot comment whether it is the best or not.. This book for me was a 50/50 case, I have enjoyed it and I have been dissapointed by it.. Firstly there was too many characters, it takes quite a while for you to adjust the characters and that can put of many people, half or the characters weren't even important.

This may be just my mind and thinking but at the synopsis we read this part: "Meeting Emily Mikanowski from 3A turns Trip Grayling's world upside down. Its love at first sight, but he needs help from Charlotte, the shy romance addict in 2A, if he's going to win the girl" and it says that everyones heartbroken etc. So this sentence mislead me to think that whilst helping out, they (Trip & Charlotte) would fall for each other and Emily would be heart broken. But that was not the case. Trip only went to Charlotte once for help and that was towards the end of the book and he had already won the girl. It was a big dissapointment in my case unfortunately..

I'm afraid the introductions of each characters were too long and you had to read half the book by the time you come to the real action. It takes quite a bit time to get into the story.

The only couple I have liked was Eve ad Ed and I really did cry at the end to their story, and I only enjoyed their story, to me this is the only plus side of the book for me...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice easy enjoyable read 20 Mar 2012
By jg1966
I got into this book straight away, although I must admit seeing the list of characters at the start seemed a bit daunting, thinking I was never going to remember them all!
However, they all soon fell into place, with just the odd reference to the list here n there to begin with.
Right from the start I was absorbed in the lives of the residents of the New York apartment block.
I will admit there's no real depth to the story, but that didnt matter, it was just nice to keep turning the pages, enjoying the characters, having an insight into their lives, and getting a real feel for them all.
I really did enjoy this book and was sad when I finished it.
This was my first Elizabeth Noble book that I've read, I picked it up in a charity shop, and will definitely look out for her others.
I'd love to see this book turned into a film!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Nobel's best- but I liked it. 2 July 2011
By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER
I'm always ever so slightly wary when I open a book and the first thing I find is a list of characters- and one that takes up quite a few pages nonetheless! For a chick lit book as well, I was a bit dubious- 'how many characters does this book have?' I thought to myself, already a little bit concerned that I wouldn't be able to focus on who was who. I needn't have worried though- a lot of characters listed at the beginning are actually secondary ones and only make a flitting appearance in the novel. To be honest, I think this book could have done without the list entirely- it seems a bit of a waste of time.

The book isn't a waste of time, thankfully. It's a nice enough read, concentrating on an apartment building in New York City's hodge-podge of residents and their entwining lives. There's a bit of romance, infidelity and focus on family lives. Like Nobel's other books the character development is well done and the writing flows easily- admittedly it isn't a masterpiece and I didn't like this as much as 'Things I want My Daughters to Know,' but that aside, it held my attention and I don't regret picking it up.

As I've said, there's quite a few characters in this- we have a few married couples- but how happy are they, really? There's also independent Emily, romantic dreamer Charlottte and rich boy Trip. Throw in elderly Violet who's hiding a few secrets of her own, a gay couple and a homophobe and this book is like a mini soap-opera.

Though its a little bit rushed in places, I think this book would appeal to anyone who likes chick-lit with a focus on family lives and relationships.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My first kindle book
I was actually reading the book in paperback but I received a kindle for my birthday and couldn't wait, so bought the kindle version. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kat
3.0 out of 5 stars A bittersweet holiday read
I'm not really a fan of 'chick lit' and have never read anything by Elizabeth Noble before. Bought this on a whim as usually I prefer something with a bit more substance, but I was... Read more
Published 16 months ago by WindsorMummy
2.0 out of 5 stars The girl next door
I chose thus book as I had enjoyed her others, but the story line just wasn't meaty enough.
It was a nice book though.
Published 18 months ago by Marie Leigh
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I did enjoy this, little too much on the negative side of relationships and life in general but well written and poignant. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lynsey Marie Shoesmith
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This is my first Noble's book and after pink cover I haven't expect nothing worth reading. Just another love story for a bored housewifes. What a wonderful dissapointment. Read more
Published on 27 May 2012 by Kate
3.0 out of 5 stars Everyone is Next Door in this book.
This is a typical 'chick lit' book and although there have been comparisons to Marian Keyes in other reviews this particular book reminded me of a Debbie Macomber novel. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2010 by Jo D'Arcy
1.0 out of 5 stars boring soap opera
I honestly don't see a point why this book was written.

It's a paperback soap opera and not a very good one. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2010 by trying something new
4.0 out of 5 stars I can see it on a big screen - the new 'Love Actually'
I've just finished this book and, having previously read Noble's Things I Want My Daughters To Know, I was not disappointed, and cannot wait to read the new Noble book. Read more
Published on 4 July 2010 by Shelley Morris
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks some depth
I've finished this today - it was an easy read during a busy week but I thought it lacked depth. The main characters were engaging, and I especially loved Violet and enjoyed her... Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2010 by Lincs Reader
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