This book is historical only with regards to a murder that occurred 28 years in the past. If you like your summer reading suspenseful, clever, dark, and a bit “Desperate Housewives”, then this is right up your alley. Liane Moriarty writes about a Sydney, Australia suburb where everything is not as it seems and neighbors have deep, dark secrets that they will do anything to keep quiet. PTO President Cecilia is the perfect wife – involved mother of three girls, Tupperware consultant, and organizer extraordinaire, Cecilia’s life changes forever when she finds a letter from her to her husband marked “in the event of my death, please read”. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, Rachel mourns the loss of her teenaged daughter Janie, murdered by an unknown assailant 28 years before. Rachel is convinced that the new PE teacher, Connor Whitby, is the culprit who has gotten off all these years. Tess’ husband Will and best friend/cousin Felicity announce they are having an affair, and Tess returns to her hometown to regroup, where she reconnects with former boyfriend Connor. But secrets always find a way to come into the light and usually drag innocent parties in their wake.
All the stories are interwoven seamlessly and the suspense is gripping and unrelenting. Fast paced and written in a stream-of-consciousness style, the pages fly by. Moriarty does emotion and tension masterfully, and I was stunned by the nuances in each of her characters – each deals with guilt, betrayal, and grief in many different ways but also to many different degrees. It’s like several shades of each color. The Berlin Wall is a subtle but constant element that meanders throughout the book to great effect, and the epilogue is especially eerie – if you want an emotional thriller, this is an excellent choice.
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