At heart this is a domestic novel set in Australia. But Liane Moriarty was clever enough to put enough twists and turns to keep a reader who likes suspense engaged. It entwines several women and their respective families, all connected to the same school, and gives them stories rich and complex enough to allow them interact on several levels.
Of course, the very title seduces you.
One character, mother of three girls, and a woman who prides herself on being on top of things, finds a letter addressed to her from her husband with the warning it is not to be read until after his death. What she does with this letter forms the first part of the novel. But we also having a grieving mother about to lose her beloved grandchild in a move to the US, and a marriage threatened from an odd angle.
The stories are all interesting enough to keep you turning pages in the second half of the book. And the first surprise is not the only one.
The strength of the book lay in its "what-ifs." The repercussions of human behavior, often the actions that occur without thought or notice, is at its heart.
Liane Moriarty has written several even more popular books including BIG LITTLE LIES, NINE PERFECT STRANGERS and APPLES NEVER FALL.