Yes she's a great writer. But all her books make me want to drive off a bridge! If you are at all prone to the summer-blahs, the winter-blahs, spring fever or fall funkiness.... skip this one!
I am usually impressed by Anita Shreve's work but this latest could have been better. It is an interesting narrative technique to have all the characters speak in his/her own voice, and she even has one character in the 2nd person. But I found the central theme quite prosaic and I was expecting more of an adult viewpoint and more insight into how the events impacted the adult lives. Instead it was mostly about adolescent agnst, drinking at prep school, and teenage hormones.
Additionally, to have a "full cast" reading of a novel was awkward and when one character had only one line inserted here and there it didn't quite work, sounding staged and artificial.
Still it was enjoyable and distracting, so it gets a "2". But it is far from Anita Shreve's best work.
Every action has consequences and this book shows how its effects can change an entire town. I like the fact that there were no clear villains and victims, but of the latter there were many. The narration brought it altogether and it was a good decision to use different narrators for many of the characters; it felt more personal.