Date: July 2011
Mass Market Paperback
Reviewed by Pam
Obtained by Publisher
Cornelia Brown had no idea how her life would change when she persuaded her husband to the suburbs. She finds herself wondering why she’d done it, after meeting some of her new neighbors.
After a run in with Piper Truitt who is a know all and very judgmental, meeting Lake is refreshing. Nothing is what it seems and Cornelia becomes fond of Lake’s son Dev who is perceptive.
A lot of surprises lurk beneath the surface, including divorce and affairs along with many other problems. As the cast of relations and friends grows, the hidden agendas begin to appear, until like a volcano they rumble and come to the surface.
There are many characters popping in and out, in this tale of what lies beneath the actions of people living in some quiet streets. I found it intriguing but also very puzzling to read. The characters have chapters allotted to them, which of course changes the way the content comes across.
It shows how easy it is to fall from grace, no matter how hard you try to fit in. Dev is a young boy without a father, so he wonders who he is, right through to the end. He’s befriended by Aidan Weeks, a black kid adopted by two white parents, there’s also a friendly girl Clare who seems to have taken a shine to Dev. The boys become mates and clean up the gardens of the richer folk in town.
Ms. Santos has made many subtle points in this book. One a reminder of, no matter where you live, folk have problems.
If you like books that dig deep, you’ll enjoy this book more than I did.
This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.