Jane hasn’t lived anywhere for longer than six months since her son was born five years ago. She keeps moving in an attempt to escape her past. Now the idyllic coastal town of Pirriwee has pulled her to its shores and Jane feels as if she finally belongs. She finds friends in the feisty Madeline and the incredibly beautiful Celeste, two women with seemingly perfect lives – and their own secrets.
But at the start of a new term, an incident involving the children of all three women occurs in the playground, causing a rift between them and other parents. Minor at first but escalating fast, until the whispers and rumours become vicious and spiteful, and the truths blur into lies.
It was always going to end in tears, but no one thought it would end in murder . . .
I am a big fan of Liane’s novels but for some reason I didn’t read this novel until after the TV series came out which of course i couldn’t help myself and watched.
Normally, I can’t read a book after seeing an adaptation on the screen. However, this was not the case for this book.
From the moment I picked it up, I was hooked and I couldn’t stop reading.
It was good to see three main female characters. They are all very different and yet in some ways, similar. They are all hiding their own secrets and facing their own demons. They all become connected in a way they couldn’t imagine.
Celeste’s perfect life may not be as perfect as it seems. Madeline is never one to take anything lying down and is quite a positive person but even she isn’t completely happy. Jane is new to the area but there is a reason she’s there.
All three women have something about them that people can identify with.
There are many unbelievable moments in this novel. Also, the fact that I know there has been a murder when I began the book meant that I kept wanting to turn the page to find out what’s going on.
The style and pace of the novel is fast and there wasn’t a slow moment for me.
The plot is different enough from the TV show to keep me engrossed. It’s compelling with many twists and turns. It’s a great thriller of a novel that will have you awake into the early hours. I completely and utterly recommend it.
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