8.14.2014

just finished reading...

I could not put this down!

From the publisher:
A murder… . . . a tragic accident… . . . or just parents behaving badly?
What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.
But who did what?

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

I thought all three characters were well-developed. I could see myself being friends with each of them. As a teacher, I've seen the other side of this whole story--the politics of parenting at school. Oy. I like how the book was interspersed with Police interviews and how the timeline is set up; it wasn't predictable or boring.

2 comments:

Fancy Ranci said...

This sounds like a book I'd enjoy! Thanks for the review.

Paula Kaye said...

I agree with Fancy. This one is right up my alley!