Book review: Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart

Posted August 1, 2010 by 3 Comments

Synopsis: It is 1876, the year of the Centennial in Philadelphia. Katherine has lost her twin sister Anna in a tragic skating accident.  One wickedly hot September day, Katherine sets out for the exhibition grounds to cut short the haunted life she no longer wants to live.

Review: Some books are fun, some are entertaining, and some are haunting. This is one of those. Kephart creates a melancholy, almost surreal atmosphere that reminds me of the classic, The Awakening by Kate Chopin. The content is entirely different, but the mood is the same. Both have female leads searching for something, but while one ultimately gives up hope, the other clings to it.

Dangerous Neighbors is historical fiction, but there’s nothing old-fashioned about the love shared by two sisters — twins — and the love lost when one struggles to find her identity. Their story will be particularly powerful for readers with sisters, twins, or even best friends. Inevitably, one wants to taste freedom and grow and change, while the other clings to the safety of the status quo.

Kephart demonstrates the consequences — and what happens when you finally accept those consequences by reaching outside yourself.

Dangerous Neighbors will be available Aug. 24.

If you’d like to find out more, here’s the book’s official trailer:


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3 responses to “Book review: Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart

  1. Many, many thanks for this very kind review. The Awakening is one of my favorite books of all time. You honor me with the comparison. I have linked back to you on my blog just now.

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