, Cammie McGovern
This week I decided to reread a couple older books along with my pop culture book pick of the moment, Neighborhood Watch
by Cammie McGovern
And from there the author, Cammie McGovern
spins the tale of the unfortunate Betsy Treading, who, after spending twelve years in prison for a crime she
didn't commit, is released when new evidence comes to light.
must go back to her
old neighborhood to try to put the pieces from her
lost memory together and begin to solve the murder of her
neighbor, meet the people who turned their backs on her
and allowed her
to confess to a crime she
Betsy walks in her
fingerprints are all over the crime scene; there is blood on her
nightgown, and Betsy starts to believe she
must've committed murder while wandering one night.
I love books that portray what lies beneath the perfect surface of a community, show that the nice neighbors may be hiding secrets that would startle everyone if revealed.
Why would a woman confess to a crime, serve time in prison, and then begin to believe she
is truly innocent?
Implausible as this situation sounds, the author made me believe it really happened, and you will follow along to see how she
did just that and wonder at the intricate relationships of the people who attend the neighborhood watch meetings.
Cammie McGovern was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and has received numerous prizes for her short fiction.
is also the author of the 2006 novel, Eye Contact and The Art of Seeing.
books are available in trade paperback or eBook.
-an excerpt from Neighborhood Watch
by Cammie McGovern
, published by Penguin Books
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