This book centers on Laurel and her family and all the secrets & trouble that go with it. Laurel also sees ghosts which is how she’s led to find her daughter’s best friend dead in their pool.
From there the story evolves and we learn more about Laurel’s past and her upbringing and the life that her mother tried to keep her and her sister, Thalia, away from. Funny how you can never really outrun the past no matter how hard you try.
The story starts out with a bang, then slows somewhat as I think it spends too much time on the history of Laurel’s family, repeating some things and skirting around instances in their past that we don’t learn about until closer to the end. Then it picks back up again and shoots us towards a suspenseful ending.
I had my doubts about it in the beginning but have to say that it did keep my interest and it was a good story. I guess I really like novels that make me feel a part of the character’s lives and I don’t really think the author achieves this with hers. I like the characters but they didn’t really grab me and hold on. I don’t know if I’d say a great book, but a good one.
J. Kaye Oldner says
I have seen this out our library, but wasn’t sure if I wanted to take the time. You post has me leaning towards not bothering. I like the starting off with a bang, but not “then slows somewhat as I think it spends too much time on the history of Laurel’s family, repeating some things and skirting around instances in their past that we don’t learn about until closer to the end.”
I’ll have to think about it some more…lol!
The back of the book has you thinking it’s going to grab you and hold on which is what I like in a book. I found this one lacking in this until past the midway point. If you’re anything like me I like a book that grabs me from the beginning and that firmly entrenches me in the story. I know everyone has different ideas of what makes a book good to them so I’d wait and see a few other reviews before reading it I think. LOL.