I received an uncorrected proof of this book for free from the publisher at BEA.
I have read one other book by Liane Moriarty and that is why I was looking forward to this one so much. I came right home from BEA and sat out in the backyard and read it in one sitting. The book is about forgiveness, grief, secrets and regret. The characters, with the possible exception of Felicity and Will are fully fleshed out (That couple is more of a catalyst than characters until the end anyway). The stories of all the different characters weave together seamlessly. There is no sense of the story having to forced to bring them all together. The characters have very real personalities with flaws, some of them tragic.
The plot uses a “what if’ device, whereby possible pasts and futures are explored. the purpose being to point out how fragile our existence is and that every choice we make has long reaching consequences, many of which we could not begin to predict.
I really enjoyed this book even though I cried in a a couple places. Very moving, well thought out book.
I also found this to be a very emotional read and I think it’s probably because I also found the characters so well fleshed out and believable. Although fortunately I haven’t experienced the problems they face, I thought their emotions seemed real and I couldn’t wait to read more to find out what happened to them.