Small town Massachusetts is nothing special but then a young girl is killed all of the secrets of the town are dug up and exposed in order to figure out what really happened to her. We get dramatic scenes of teens partying, using drugs and committing sexual violence and similar scenes of betrayals, affairs and substance abuse amongst their parents. There’s lots of mudslinging and finger pointing as we try to figure out what really happened.
This was a like not a love for me. None of the characters were particularly likable, which I can overlook in a thriller, but the pace here was not fast enough for that. I wanted to know what happened but I also felt like lots of the characters were like nails on a chalkboard. It bothers me when casual sex and affairs are treated like NBD. The way these characters lived and interacted was definitely not aspirational. The ending made me mad, but that said, I bet it’s how a lot of these stories end up in real life.
If you liked Big Little Lies, this one might be up your alley.
Thanks to Celadon Books for the gifted copy. All opinions above are my own.
I dropped this copy in my local littlefreelibrary – what’s the last great find you picked up in a Little Free Library?