This book is almost impossible to talk about without giving up too much information but I’m going to do it.
There’s Lee, the single mother of 7-year old Mason who is brilliant and on the spectrum. Lee’s a hair stylist with a salon setup in her home and she keeps to a strict regimen everyday. Noah is his in-home tutor who has an amazing rapport with Mason and helps keep tension to a minimum. Grace is a successful businesswoman, a divorced mother of 7-year old Luca, and who’s Lee’s best friend. They have two other friends in their circle but Lee and Grace have a close bond. When a girls weekend is planned, Lee is faced with being away from her son for the very first time.
I started this story blind but because of the seemingly meandering start, I read the synopsis after about the 30% mark. The prologue sets the stage for what’s to come but I just wasn’t certain where it was leading. It was interesting, very much so, but the point felt elusive. Then it took a turn and I literally couldn’t put the book down. I was so hooked that I grumbled when I had to pause to celebrate my husband’s birthday with friends but came back and continued to the finish in the wee hours.
I’m used to unreliable narrators but this story took that concept to a new level. It became impossible to decipher truth and lies so I just rolled with it, absorbing it all and reflecting in the moment. Then came that WTH moment in the end that I never, ever saw coming and threw everything up in the air. I rarely get fooled this bad so kudos to the author for a rocking twist.
This was also a buddy read with Tina @ Reading Between the Pages and I’m so happy we agreed to pair up because I needed to discuss this along the way with someone. We were both feeling the same emotions and thoughts at pivotal junctions, no surprise as she’s one of my book twins. I highly recommend this book as a buddy, group or book club read because there’s so much to digest and sort out. I loved it.
- Release Date: August 6, 2019
- Page Numbers: 358
- Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
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(Thanks to NetGalley & St. Martin’s Griffin for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)