By: Sophie McKenzie
In this novel, Livy is a typical mother. She is married to Will and has two children, Zack and Hannah. Livy has had a troubled past. Her older sister, Kara, was brutally murdered when she was at university. Kara was best friends with Julia when she died. Livy and Julia became best friends over the ensuing years. One day Livy and her children are going over on Sunday afternoon for their regular typical Sunday brunch only to find Julia dead on her living room floor.
Livy doesn’t believe that Julia could ever kill herself, event though the evidence supports this theory. Livy can not drop it and begins to investigate Julia’s death as a murder. As her investigation continues, she is told that her husband has restarted an affair with a work colleague. Things heat up and Livy discovers she does not know everything about Julia’s life, about the lives of her other friends or even her husband. Kara’s death is brought back into question and her killer is once again on the forefront of Livy’s mind. The question remains, did Julia kill herself or was it murder? Did this have anything to do with Kara?
This novel was okay. It generally doesn’t take me very long to read a book this size but for some reason I had a really hard time getting through this one. I feel like the book should have been a really engrossing mystery, however, it spent so much time on the possible affair it was just kind of blah. There seemed to be a lot of ‘should I stay, or should I go?’ going on. The book bounces between Livy’s point of view and the point of view of the killer. There was a lot of talk about Livy’s daughter Hannah and her pre-teen attitudes. I felt like a lot of the book was based on Livy’s relationship with her husband and the many trust issues that the affair caused within their marriage. Betrayal was the main hallmark of this book. Also, secrets that were brought to light about friends and family.
If you do not want to read about affairs, trust issues, a killer’s mind or kidnapping this is not the book for you. If these issues are in your wheelhouse then you will love it! This book just wasn’t my thing, but it wasn’t bad. I would say it was just so-so.