Once again Liane Moriarty uses her unique, razor-sharp observational skills to sift through the emerging fault lines of seemingly happy families.
If only they'd said no ...
What if they hadn’t gone? That’s the question Clementine can’t stop asking herself. It was just a backyard barbeque. They didn’t know their hosts that well. They were friends of friends. They could so easily have said no.
But she and her husband Sam said yes, and now they can never change what they did and didn’t do that beautiful winter’s day.
Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One yapping dog. It’s a normal weekend in the suburbs. What could possibly go wrong?
This novel is best related to a more fleshed out version of a popular TV drama series. It follows the lives of multiple families and does a good job of delving into the intricacies of how events impact everyone involved.
However, it does drag on quite excessively and considering so much of the drama unfolding in the story is of little significance, and in some cases mildly predictable, it’s not a story I, personally found overly enjoyable. The same story in half the length would have been just as effective without feeling like a chore to get through.
No doubt there is an audience for this kind of novel though, and if you enjoy TV dramas like Neighbours, you’ll likely enjoy this book