By: Ashley Audrain
Publication Date: June 6, 2023
Published By: Pamela Dorman Books
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“The problem is that some women aren’t listening to what their lives are trying to tell them. They don’t hear the whispers until they’re looking back with hindsight.”
BLURB (From Goodreads)
The Loverlys sit by the hospital bed of their young son who is in a coma after falling from his bedroom window in the middle of the night; his mother, Whitney, will not speak to anyone. Back home, their friends and neighbors are left in shock, each confronting their own role in the events that led up to what happened that terrible night: the warm, altruistic Parks who are the Loverlys’ best friends; the young, ambitious Goldsmiths who are struggling to start a family of their own; and the quiet, elderly Portuguese couple who care for their adult son with a developmental disability, and who pass the long days on the front porch, watching their neighbors go about their busy lives.
So… I’m in the minority with this one. I really loved Audrain’s first novel, The Push. I did not love this one. Talk about a slow burn “thriller” – and yes, I use the word thriller very lightly. It was so slow, it was boring. From the blurb, I was expecting excitement learning how their friends may have had a role in the events. What I read was about a lot of history and background on these characters, some of it unnecessary. Some of it had nothing to do with plot. Some of the “secrets” were nothing new and tired. I wound up skimming a lot of this just because I was over it. I was ready to give this book two stars, but the last line of the book got me, and I raised it to three. Really, you don’t even need to read the whole book, just maybe the first chapter or two and then the last chapter, and you basically know the whole book. I believe in honest reviews, so is my honest opinion. Like I said, I realize I’m in the minority here, as there are a lot of 4 and 5 star reviews.