Author: Liza Gyllenhaal
Goodreads: Brook Bostock has led a privileged life. The daughter of an extremely wealthy and prominent family, she married the man of her dreams and is raising two deeply loved children. But her happy home is shattered when a neighborhood teenager is assaulted during a night of drinking with the Bostocks’ son and his prep school friends.
The scandal receives national attention—not only because of Brook’s family name, but because of the lawsuit looming against Brook and her husband, Michael, that alleges they are responsible for what went on in their house. Suddenly the small Massachusetts town they call home seems to be turning against them, revealing the simmering jealousies and resentments that have been lurking under the surface all along.
With their once-perfect family in danger of falling apart, Brook and Michael must find a way to get through this together—or risk losing everything they love…
Ope’s Opinion: This is a solid three chair read. The characters feel real, the situation the family is in is hard and the reactions are normal. I don’t want to talk specifics because I don’t want to give the story away.
One thing that kept it from being a four was Brook is from a family that has money and they kept talking about it as if it were a bad or negative thing. It just didn’t fit in with the rest of the story. I just didn’t see why it was brought up so often or even mattered. Also, the use of the “f” word added nothing to this story – actually felt out of place.
There were secrets and they came out naturally and slowly. I like that they didn’t save all the secrets to the end of the book. The ending was what you would expect. There weren’t too many surprises.