10.08.2021

finished reading

I have questions that the book didn't answer.  This was a binge-read for me.  I couldn't put it down.  Lots of secrets and lies among the six characters.  Rachel is who I consider the main character--early 40s, mom to Josh, stay-at-home wife to Jack, an aspiring teacher.  Jack is Rachel's husband.  Noah is Rachel's best friend from college; they were inseparable.  Paige is Noah's wife, a vocally feminist lawyer, Rachel's best friend.  Will is Jack's brother, golf buddies with Noah.  Ali is Will's fiance and a former coworker of Jack.  Just when I thought I had a handle on the intricacies and dynamics of the couples, something is revealed and the dynamics shift again.  It's more of a character study than a mystery or thriller.

From the publisher:
Rachel and Noah have been friends since they met at university. While they once thought that they might be something more, now, twenty years later, they are each happily married to other people, Jack and Paige respectively. Jack’s brother Will is getting married, to the dazzling, impulsive Ali, and the group of six travel to Portugal for their destination weekend.

Three couples.
As they arrive at a gorgeous villa perched on a cliff-edge, overlooking towering waves that crash on the famous surfing beaches below at Nazaré, they try to settle into a weekend of fun. While Rachel is looking forward to getting to know her future sister-in-law Ali better, Ali can’t help but rub many of the group up the wrong way: Rachel’s best friend Paige thinks Ali is attention-seeking and childish, and while Jack is trying to support his brother Will’s choice of wife, he is also finding plenty to disagree with Noah about.

One fatal misunderstanding . . .
But when Rachel discovers something about Ali that she can hardly believe, everything changes. As the wedding weekend unfolds, the secrets each of them hold begin to spill, and friendships and marriages threaten to unravel. Soon, jumping to conclusions becomes the difference between life and death.

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