Challenge criteria: A book with a blue cover
Single mum Jane has just moved to town. She’s got her little boy in tow – plus the secret she’s been carrying for five years.
On the first day of the school run she meets Madeline – a force to be reckoned with, who remembers everything and forgives no one – and Celeste, the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare, but is inexplicably ill at ease. They both take Jane under their wing – while careful to keep their own secrets under wraps.
But a minor incident involving the children of all three women rapidly escalates: playground whispers become spiteful whispers until no one can tell the truth from the lies.
Which is when the secrets come out – and now someone is going to pay with their life.
What I liked:
What I loved most about any other Liane Moriarty book I’ve read wad being totally unable to predict the twist if I tried. This time was no different. You know someone is dead, you have a feeling where they died. But you haven’t a notion who, who killed them, or how they died. When I found out who (not when I guessed) I was so shocked I had to sit back for a minute.
I loved the excerpts from the town’s residents on all the goings on, too. It heavily mirrored the small town mentality I grew up in, and it really added to the story. It also keeps you on your toes in terms of guessing who.
What I didn’t like:
I HATED Alison. She was your typical “do good” teenager, and some of her actions – completely abandoning her Mam, for a start – were just dumbfounding. As for her humanitarian project? DON’T TALK TO ME.
I also didn’t like the relationship between Celeste and her husband Perry. While I believe it was written in a very realistic way, I felt abusive relationships can be overdone in books.
Out of 5:
No hesitation in giving this a five. None.