I picked up this book because it was the book chosen for my monthly book club. I had also seen previews for the first season of the adaptation on HBO and the cast made it look really good. I like to mix up my reading genres and it had been awhile since I’d read anything that didn’t have some elements of fantasy in it. I will admit, it was hard for me to get into this book initially, because I was so entrenched in an epic fantasy series two days before I picked up this book. This story is definitely not fantasy.
This book is a story that’s told through multiple viewpoints and backwards. We start off six months before a murder takes place during a school trivia fundraiser night. The main perspectives we get are from the three main characters, Jane, Madeline, and Celeste. Jane is the single mom of a child named Ziggy, Jane is 24 years old. Madeline is the mother of three children, she has just turned 40 years old. Celeste is the mother of two twin boys. The drama starts to unfold when Ziggy is accused of bullying another child. This events starts a whole drama between the mommy circles. The main trio become friends and we get to watch their lives unfold through the turmoil as well. The books pushes heavily that someone died and it implies that it’s one of the three main moms, but really it could be any of the moms that die.
This book was tough for me to get into, but that was perhaps because I don’t have any kids so I had a lot of trouble relating to any of the moms since I’m not one. I am married though so I was able to get more into the story when the moms started talking about their relationships with their spouses. I kept reading because I wanted to find out who died and who the murderer was. The book did get into enough people’s lives that it was compelling to read once. I probably won’t read it again. If you don’t like books that switch between multiple viewpoints, this is not the book for you. There are a couple twists at the end, but I kinda thought they were meh and the ending was only okay. I would recommend this book to moms maybe.
I rate this book two out of five stars.