It’s been so long since I’ve posted a book review! Let’s change that NOW!
This novel takes place in the idyllic Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights and begins as single mom Mia and her daughter Pearl move into the town. Mia rents an apartment from the Richardson family and soon their lives and children become intertwined. As the novel plays out, we learn more about Mia’s mysterious past and how it plays into a current legal battle happening in this picture-perfect town.
I had been hearing about this book for a while and finally found the time to squeeze it in. I started reading it when I was a few months pregnant and while it kept my attention, I was so exhausted whenever I sat down to read that I couldn’t go more than a few pages before dozing off. I finally got blocks of time to read it over Thanksgiving and finished it quickly. The story and the characters totally sucked me in because I had to uncover how everyone’s stories and pasts were connected. This book took me to some unexpected places and ones that I’d never really “been to” in a book I’ve read. It was slow-moving at times, but I loved how Celeste Ng took the time to develop her characters. While some of them did some shocking things, I was completely empathetic toward them all and always hoped they had a bright future ahead. The writing in this novel was fantastic and I look forward to reading more of her work. I highly recommend this book and have even heard that Reese Witherspoon’s production company (the same company who produced Big Little Lies) has bought the rights to it. I loved the book version of Big Little Lies and thought the mini-series was well-done, so I look forward to a screen adaptation of this.
If you’d like to read about the other books I’ve read this year as part of my reading challenge, you can find my reviews here:
Princess Elizabeth’s Spy by Susan Elia MacNeal
Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Elia MacNeal
The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda
Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Bridges by Maria Murnane
A French Wedding by Hannah Tunnicliffe
Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets by Eva Rice
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
Small Admissions by Amy Poeppel
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
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