Jill Farrow is a typical suburban mom who has finally gotten her and her daughter’s lives back on track after a divorce. She is about to remarry, her job as a paediatrician fulfils her-though it is stressful-and her daughter, Megan, is a happily over-scheduled thirteen-year-old juggling homework and the swim team.
But Jill’s life is turned upside down when her ex-stepdaughter, Abby, shows up on her doorstep late one night and delivers shocking news: Jill’s ex-husband is dead. Abby insists that he was murdered and pleads with Jill to help find his killer. Jill reluctantly agrees to make a few inquiries and discovers that things don’t add up. As she digs deeper, her actions threaten to rip apart her new family, destroy their hard-earned happiness, and even endanger her own life. Yet Jill can’t turn her back on a child she loves and once called her own.
This book kept me interested until the very end. It has various plot lines throughout the book. More and more is revealed, and I would say that this is a mystery novel, because Jill takes the reader on an emotional journey as she researched and delves deeper to help her ex-stepdaughters and Megan get some closure and find out what really happened to William.
Megan, Jill’s daughter, is a very happy, relatable character, who is very important to the story and she keeps it grounded and realistic. For example, when she discovers that William has died and finds Abbey in her house, she says “This is so random!” which is the kind of awkward and confused dialogue that might be expected of a character of her age. This really helped because I felt that without Megan in the story to keep it realistic, I would have found the story to unrealistic and fake (a kid whose mother is about to remarry to a man who is going to replace her ex-stepdad who took the place of her dead father.) Crazy, right?) But I believed every word of it with Megan there to keep it realistic, as she represents and expresses what the reader is thinking (e.g: this is so crazy! etc…).
I really felt for Jill as she struggled to med her broken relationship with Victoria, one of her ex-stepdaughters. Throughout the book Victoria is horrible to Jill, but Jill is torn because she fells that she never stopped being Victoria’s “mother”, but Victoria felt the opposite.
The overall message was about children growing up, weather that be together or apart, and I felt that although it featured murder and crime, it was also a true family story.
I highly recommend this book, probably to 13yrs+ because of some drug references, but I loved it so much and hope that you do too!
Leave a comment if you’d like to ask anything about the book, or if you’ve read it- I would be interested what you thought about the book!
Next I am reading “One hundred names” by Cecelia Ahern. Read the “currently reading tag” post (link on the menu bar at the top^) to find out more!