Author: Liane Moriarty
Sourced: Read via Libby app and the wonderful public library
Meows: 2.899999 out of 5; 2014 me would probably roll her eyes, but 2020 me thinks it’s a fair review.
Spoiler alert contained within the review, but also probably not a big deal unless you’re also super late to this party.
Cecilia Fitzpatrick’s husband has a 20+ year old secret that will destroy her seemingly perfect life in Sydney. It will also solve a long-standing murder in the community, absolve a few misguided opinions, and ruin a little girl’s future.
“People thought that tragedy made you wise, that it automatically elevated you to a higher, more spiritual level, but it seemed to Rachel that just the opposite was true. Tragedy made you petty and spiteful. It didn’t give you any great knowledge or insight. She didn’t understand a damned thing about life except that it was arbitrary and cruel, and some people got away with murder while others made one tiny, careless mistake and paid a terrible price.
“It was almost embarrassing to be truly intimate with your spouse; how could you watch someone floss one minute, and the next minute share your deepest passion or most ridiculous, trite little fears?”
TOE BEANS VALUE
Truthfully, this book has been on my Goodreads Want to Read list since 2014, but I only downloaded it because I was waiting for another book to become available. I’m finally back in a good reading habit and I didn’t want to lose momentum, so I put this (filler) book in my queue. I knew it would be an easy and entertaining read, but I also knew that it probably wouldn’t live up to the hype 2014 me expected when I originally added it to my list.
A filler book or a palette cleanser. I think that’s a fairly accurate description of this book. It’s not bad, but after you’ve read a few of Moriarty’s books, you kind of know what to expect. Looking back at my Goodreads, this is actually my sixth book by Liane (!) and I’ve come to know her writing style and plot twists like a comfy grey sweatshirt with a Cheeto hidden inside the pouch pocket. You know what to expect, but you’re certainly surprised to find that leftover snack! Sure, I didn’t know every twist, but it took longer for me to be surprised with this novel.
So what’s the toe bean value? Probably closer to a 2, certainly a book worth fitting into your schedule if you’re on the waiting list for others, but probably not a permanent collection type of read. If you find yourself in a reading slump because well, 2020 — then I say why not? Pick it up, and just sit down with a nice cup of tea and a cozy cat.
Who else has read Moriarty’s books? Do you still love them after a few years or do you feel the same as me?