This reading group guide for The Girl Next Door includes discussion questions and a Q&A with author Elizabeth Noble. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. Questions for Discussion
1. Violet and Eve become close friends over the course of the book. In fact, Violet is one of Eve’s only friends in New York. What do you think Violet and Eve are looking for in each other? How does their friendship develop into more of a mother-daughter relationship? What do they share in common besides their British roots?
2. Until motivated, independent Emily comes along, Jackson is aimless and not particularly concerned that his life is going nowhere. Can Emily be credited for the changes that he makes? Who else in this book is saved by someone they love, or motivated to be someone better?
3. When we first meet her, Charlotte is at a point in her life when she fantasizes about what she wants, but never acts upon it. How does her fantasy of her relationship with the doorman force her back into reality? Does she ultimately grow up?
4. Eve’s solution to her loneliness (and to Ed’s new workaholic schedule) is to have a baby. How does she think having a baby will change her relationship with her husband and make her happ