Author: Marisa de los Santos
Published: March 17, 2009
Length: 481 pages
Cornelia Brown surprised herself when she was gripped by the sudden, inescapable desire to move with her husband to the suburbs. Her mettle is quickly tested by her impeccably dressed, overly judgmental neighbor Piper Truitt–the embodiment of everything Cornelia feared she’d find in suburbia. With Lake, another decent arrival, Cornelia shares her love of literature and old movies–as she forms an instant bond with this warm yet intrusive woman and her perceptive, brilliant young son, Dev. But there are shocking secrets and unexpected surprises lurking beneath the peaceful veneer of suburban life–and nothing is quite what it seems.
I purchased this book from bookoutlet.com because I wanted to read more fiction. I wanted to love this book. I was so intrigued by the cover, but the pages say something totally different for me. I barely got through to the eighth chapter and I didn’t finish. What I did not like about this book was there are too many different stories going on at once and it was hard to keep up with them all. You wonder who’s talking.. who is narrating the chapters? Sometimes I thought Cornelia was talking. Other times I thought Piper was talking. This book is very confusing. You read about Cornelia’s story… Piper’s story… and Lake’s story separately and sometimes they weave together and as a reader it can be confusing. You even read from the view of Piper’s best friend and Dev’s son. So confusing!!! What was I supposed to get while reading this book? Where’s the climax? If there was one or two stories within the main storyline, that would have been fine, but this is too much! I wish I could have finished the book. I wanted to love it, but I didn’t. I’m sure I will give her books another try. I know she’s written a few more. I will try to read another one after this experience, but I believe I won’t get to it this year. Hopefully, I will!