I’ve been working my way through Moriarty’s books over the last 10 months. This book was the last one. That’s somewhat fitting given the title. In a similar style to Big Little Lies and The Husband’s Secret, Moriarty starts this book off slowly with the introduction of many characters. Knowing her style, I understood that as the book progressed these characters’ stories would be come intertwined into an interesting work of fiction. All three books build up to a big reveal at the end, so the slow start seems worth it.
Unfortunately this book is not as well executed as her more recent titles following this style. I really liked the characters, but the book was just too detailed. I listened to it on CD audiobook in my car, and it took almost the full three week loan period to get through it. I found myself wishing I had it on e-audio, so I could speed it up a bit.
I really loved the setting – a private family island, similar to We Were Liars (3 stars). I really felt like I was there with Sophie based on some of the descriptions. I also loved the female-dominated family dynamics. I always enjoy a good dysfunctional family story, and this book had the makings of a great one. It just dragged on too long. It’s still worth your time if you’re a Moriarty fan, but if you haven’t read any of her books before, I advise against starting with this one.
Rating: 3 Stars
This review was originally published on Mom’s Radius.