Madeline meets single (and new to town) mother Jane and takes her under her wings. Madeline’s good friend Celeste has a perfect life with husband Perry and twins Max and Josh. The three are united by the fact that all their kids go to the same kindergarten. Through the course of the book we find that Celeste’s perfect life is not so ‘perfect’ after all, Jane does not want her son knowing about his father and Madeline has to live with the fact that her daughter is best friends with her ex-husband’s current wife’s daughter. Oh, and there’s a murder investigation going on as well.
Have you ever picked up a book not based on recommendations/reviews/blurbs but because it just happened to catch your fancy? This was one such book for me. I picked this book with no expectations whatsoever solely because of the author’s last name (for the uninitiated, Moriarty is Sherlock’s nemesis). And I was happily surprised.
It was a quick read, narrated in first person POV by multiple people without much confusion. While it felt like a breezy read, the book dealt with several serious issues (domestic violence, single parenting, abusive childhood, consent among others) without trivialising any of them.
Side note: There is a critically acclaimed, multiple Emmy Award winning TV series based on this book. If you’ve read the book already (or not), do give the show a try and let me know how you find it.
Books that almost made it:
- The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot
My other posts for the April #AtoZChallenge 2018: