Behind Picket Fences by author Hend Hegazi is an emotional roller-coaster ride/read. The author takes us through the journey of 4 families living in a neighbourhood, who are very different from each other by their faith, background, morals, and lifestyle.
In Sahih Muslim, the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wa sallam has said regarding a true believer: “He should do good to the neighbour.” This book greatly revolves around this hadith. At times of happiness, and at times of adversity, the neighbours are there for each other and look out for one another, despite being casual neighbours and not the best of friends.
Although there are few minor typos, they do not undervalue the plot in any form. The author could have had a better way of transitioning the scenes, as it felt like they changed suddenly at times.
The cliff-hangers at the end of the chapters prove true to its term. Each chapter leaves you hanging in the air and hungry for more, thus gluing you to the book until late at night. Don’t be surprised if you catch yourself worried about the characters even while you are away from the book. I can guarantee this book will touch its readers on a deep level, and leave them with some valuable lessons.
Overall, Behind Picket Fences is an apt title, for what happens behind picket fences stays behind picket fences.