Ghosts, murder, inter-personal family relationships and a glance at how the class one is born into in society shapes us are all interwoven in this engaging novel by Joshilyn Jackson.
The book opens with the ghost of Laurel’s daughter’s friend waking her and leading her to the window to see her dead body in their family swimming pool. Laurel had tried to close the door on the past that included her seeing ghosts. She had never shared this secret of her past with her husband or daughter and did not want to have to do so now. In fact there are many things about Laurel’s past that she had not shared with her husband and even more that she had kept from her daughter. The book takes us on a journey through Laurel’s crumbling “perfect life in the suburbs” where she must face her past in order to move forward and rebuild a life with her family (both immediate and extended).
I found this book very entertaining and couldn’t wait to finish it to see just how life was going to work out for Laurel, her family and the girl who stopped swimming. It was not a cookie-cutter style book but crossed many genres and was more interesting as a result. I look forward to reading future books by this author.
REVIEWED BY LAURA A. ADAMS
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