Synopsis from Goodreads:
The small suburb of Pleasant Court lives up to its name. It’s the kind of place where everyone knows their neighbours, and children play in the street.
Isabelle Heatherington doesn’t fit into this picture of family paradise. Husbandless and childless, she soon catches the attention of three Pleasant Court mothers.
But Ange, Fran and Essie have their own secrets to hide. Like the reason behind Ange’s compulsion to control every aspect of her life. Or why Fran won’t let her sweet, gentle husband near her new baby. Or why, three years ago, Essie took her daughter to the park – and returned home without her.
As their obsession with their new neighbour grows, the secrets of these three women begin to spread – and they’ll soon find out that when you look at something too closely, you see things you never wanted to see.
(Disclaimer: I will never post spoilers in my reviews HOWEVER the comment section is completely fair game to discuss any and all specifics including spoilers)
This book was on my radar for a very long time and I couldn’t wait for it to finally be released! The first 200 pages were a bit…unexciting. Not “boring” per se…just a whole lot of unexciting storylines, confusing character descriptions, and annoying glimpses of the past where nothing was fully explained. I kept reading with the hopes that it would turn itself around because I really was enjoying the authors laidback writing style. Admittingly, I almost abandoned this book on more than one occasion but knowing I was going to be reviewing it is what eventually pushed me forward. THANK GOODNESS I stuck it out! What began as a bit of a dull novel quickly turned into complicated storylines, cliffhanger chapter endings, and a twist that I never saw coming. Loved it! This book is a perfect example of why sometimes you can’t necessarily judge a book until you are well into it. My only real complaint was that there were just so many storylines and perspectives that at times they got confusing. But that eventual twist…wow.
First 200 pages….eh. Last 135 pages….omg.