Dapto Monday Night Book Club

When  Allison Glenn is sent to prison for a heinous crime, her reputation as Linden Falls’ golden girl is lost forever. Her parents deny the existence of their once-perfect child, her former friends exult in her downfall, her sister, Brynn, faces whispered rumours every day in their small high school. But it’s Brynn – shy, quiet Brynn – who carries the burden of what really happened that night.  All she wants is to forget Allison and the past that haunts her.

 Now their legacy of secrets is focused on one little boy. If the truth is revealed, the consequences will be unimaginable for the adoptive mother who loves him, the girls who tried to protect  him and the two sisters who hold the key to all that is hidden.

This latest book was warmly received by our club as a good read, but most of us found it lacked the necessary depth for a thoroughly thought-provoking read. It contained all the ingredients of a heart wrenching page-turner, nevertheless it never really quite got there.

Generally we decided the likelyhood of such a predicament was, although not entirely out of the question, stretching it just a little. This alone leaves the story up to scutiny from our group, as we do like a certain amount of reality written into our fiction. For instance … the probability of two such young girls pulling off something so traumatic we find highly unlikely. Someone would have noticed (or they would have cracked). The parents were just too clueless for our liking and the characters never reached a fullness that had us believing any of it completely.

In saying all that, we did all finish the book, even if it was just through a curiosity of how it would all unfold. And it did envoke a good discussion of young mothers, parenthood and the high achiever. There was also an interest in reading another of this author’s titles, so it was not totally fruitless. Sometimes a fairly good read is good enough!

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