It’s Livia’s fortieth birthday and tonight she’s having a party, a party she’s been planning for a long time. The only person missing will be her daughter, Marnie.
But Livia has a secret, a secret she’s been keeping from Adam, her husband, until the party is over. Because how can she tell him that although she loves Marnie, she’s glad their daughter won’t be there to celebrate with her?
Adam is determined everything will be just right for Livia and the party is going to be perfect… until he learns something that will leave him facing an unbearable decision.
★★★ 3 𝓢𝓽𝓪𝓻 𝓡𝓮𝓲𝓿𝓮𝔀 ★★★
I am a fan of this author. I have read all of her books. I have enjoyed them all, some more than others. This one was frustrating. It had me wanting to bang my head against a wall.
First, let me say, this is NOT a thriller. I repeat. This is not a thriller. This author is known for her suspenseful, twisty thrillers. This is not one of them. If you're looking for that, you won't find it here. This is more of a family drama book. I mean, it centers around a family. And it's chock full of annoying drama.
One way to kill a plot in a book is to have completely unlikable characters. And this one, unfortunately, is full of unlikable characters. There isn't one character I liked. They are self-centered to the point of me wanting to slap them. I just couldn't stand them. For a married couple, they sure were not in sync with one another. They have poor communication. And they are more concerned with how things will effect them but use the other as an excuse for self deprecation.
This book is repetitive. You get the husband and wife's point of view. They fixate on the same self loathing "dilemmas" over and over and over again. I almost gave up on this one.
I think the one saving grace, so to speak, was the ending. Once the secrets are out, they find a way to reconnect and be the person for each other they should have been all along. The picking up of the pieces was written much better than the rest of the book. I'm glad I didn't give up and saw the book all the way to the end.