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OK - a good book for the beach of cottage
Reviewed in Canada on July 31, 2016
I'm a big fan of Liane Moriarty and was looking forward to her latest out, but to be honest, Liane has done better. Once again Liane returns to disecting and plumming the depths of marriage and relationships of middle/upper middle class couples.
An afternoon barbecue brings 3 couples together - Clementine and Sam - Clementine a cellist who is trying to balance being a mother of two young girls with her musical career and Sam her corporate marketing husband; Erika and Oliver - childless, both accountants at a big accounting firm and Erika's and Oliver's neighbours - Vid a gregarious sort of nouveau riche guy and his much younger bombshell wife, Tiffany, and their 10 year old daughter.
What could be more innocent and fun - friends getting together for a backyard barbecue? But in an instant things change, having lasting ramifications on all of them.
The narration alternates between the present (aftermath of the barbecue) and the events leading up to the barbecue, from different character's perspectives, though mainly through Erika and Clementine who have a complicated friendship dating back from childhood. Slowly, the story unfolds, (a little too slow for my liking).
Evens so, a good book for the beach or cottage.