Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 9th 2018
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Alison, Julie, Sarah, and Heather are four mothers who meet over coffee and become friends. They live in beautiful homes, have jobs, are married, they have school aged children that play together, and appear to have it all. But each woman has something in her past that she is keeping secret from the other women. None of them are as perfect as they appear to be. Some of the are also not as nice as they want to appear. One-day Allison notices a bruise on Heather’s wrist and their perfect lives begin to fall apart bit by bit.
The blurb of this book tells us that the four suburban moms are trying to cover up a deadly crime. How far would you go to protect your friends? What would you be willing to do to keep her safe? What do you do when things begin to fall apart?
Many books have plots that ask the following questions, how well do you know those in your life? What goes on behind closed doors? How far will you go for those you care about? This is also true in this book, but I just didn’t buy most of it. For starters, the women are often catty to each other saying “shut up” or thinking ill of the other women. Yes, this is human nature, but it did not paint these four women as being that close knit. I didn’t buy that they would go to the lengths they went to help their friend.
Also, this book jumps around telling each woman’s POV. This doesn’t sound like a BIG deal but keeping track of each woman, her child, her job, her husband, her interactions with others was ALOT! I often had to go back and read the header AND I will admit to confusing these characters from time to time. At one point I thought “Wait! I thought she was the attorney. Oh, she’s not, okay so what does she do, she is not the real estate agent.” UGH!
The premise of this book was very good. The Author does have a couple of twists and turns. I did guess that one character was not being honest, but I was wrong about why. In the end I wasn’t blown away by the “reveal”. It was an entertaining read that I may have enjoyed more if I didn’t have to keep figuring out who was who. I can’t fault the writing. I thought this book was well written and the plot was well thought out.
Good not great.
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.