I ended up liking this book more than I thought I would. I wasn’t really impressed in the beginning and I’ll admit, the only reason I stuck with it at first was to get to the bottom of who died and who did it. I did find myself enjoying the story the further along I got, but it was a rough start. I think the writing style wasn’t my cup of tea more than anything else. I usually don’t mind much when the story shifts from one point of view to another, but not only did this go from one point of view to another there was the addition of snippets of interviews done with other parents after the incident. I think they were meant to give more backstory and what the whole mess looked like from other parties, but it ended up being distracting and confusing.
The story revolves around the Kindergarten class and their parents. Jane is new in town and her son Ziggy is accused on the very first day of bullying the young daughter of Renata. It quickly becomes a matter of which camp you are in. Camp Renata where they go so far as to start a petition to have a child who was accused but never proved to have bullied anyone removed from the school. Then there is camp Jane where everyone is just a little less catty and more interested in making sure that Jane and her son are treated fairly.
The main characters are Madeline, Celeste and Jane with everyone else kind of being in the background.
Madeline has to deal with her ex-husband and his wife. They have moved into the same suburb and their daughter just happens to be in the same class as Madeline’s youngest daughter. To make matters worse, her oldest daughter has decided that she no longer wants to live with Madeline, she wants to live with her dad and stepmother, Bonnie. She lies to herself and everyone else, saying that she’s perfectly okay with the arrangement, but she’s devastated.
Celeste is the quintessential perfect woman. Rich husband, perfectly behaved twin boys. Stunningly beautiful with what looks like the perfect life But looks can be deceiving and there are cracks in this perfect life. Little lies that soon turn into big lies. Secrets that threaten to come out and things that are seen and can’t be unseen.
Jane is the new mother in town. She’s younger than most of the other “kindy” moms and was even mistaken as a nanny during orientation. She is a single mom and she hasn’t told Ziggy or even her own family who the father is. She just tells them it was a one night stand and she doesn’t remember him. She has her own secrets too.
It really was an interesting book and the interaction between the women was done very well. I wish that it was more just their voices instead of interspersing the voices of other parents, but that’s just my opinion. I did enjoy the mystery aspect and trying to figure out who was going to die and who was going to be the one at blame. I wasn’t quite as surprised by who died as I was by how it came about and who did it. I think the book was worth it just for the satisfaction that came from the revelation.
Good “chick-lit” book and it was a quick read, so I’d recommend it to someone who wants a light, fast read for the beach or plane trip. Or just wanting to curl up on the couch with a nice hot cup of tea and a warm blanket.