This is my third book by Liane Moriarty (first: Big Little Lies, second: What Alice Forgot). By the time I listened to this story, I felt as though the characters and scenarios basically all were replayed from the other two books. I got easily board with this book. I absolutely love Caroline Lee though. She's amazing! The only thing that kept me listening were her performance abilities.
I think adding more originality to the characters and details of their lives would have kept me interested in getting to know the characters and being more involved in the story. I also was put off by the fact that she had to keep reiterating that one of the characters (Felicity) was fat. She goes on and on about her being a fat girl, obese, and basically saying she was worth nothing until she lost weight.
Caroline Lee was amazing! I could listen to here read anything and be amused. She's such a great performer and she is amazing at making each character sound and act unique.
There wasn't any particular scene I would cut, but less time could have been wasted on meaningless details (i.e. the women's train of thought while an intense scene was emerging).
For some reason I thought there would be more mystery. I didn't like it, probably because I could not related on any level with ANY of the characters. BUT, I did finish it. The second story line was more interesting to me. I couldn't wait to see how THAT situation was going to be resolved!
In my humble opinion, the book had several fundamental flaws. I can't tell you what would have made it better, because the whole premise, to me, was ridiculous. First, I (personally) WOULDN'T HAVE OPENED THE LETTER! So, on that basis alone, I found the whole thing implausible. Second, there were too many coincidences that I couldn't accept, and third, I found NONE of the characters believable or likable. Sorry...
I'm not sure what the genre is...
Well, it gave me a good question to pose to my friends: "If you found a letter written by your husband, addressed to you, but specifically to be read only after his death, what would you do with it?" It turns out that I'm an aberration when it comes to respecting a spouse's privacy (I would have given it to him unopened so he could put it away in a better place), and/or I just really like to delay gratification (because I would assume such a letter could only contain a good surprise worth waiting for!)
This story seemed super predictable to me. I finished listening to it because it was okay but I would never recommend anyone download this one.
which is why only the 4 stars, except of course for Caroline Lee's narration. Another reader might look beyond the emotion to the facts of excellent writing and plotting and plug in that last star. But I have to choose my rating based on the way I felt when the last page was finished, and that was not very good. Much preferred Big Little Lies. But will still be looking forward to my next Liane Moriarty book. She is a master storyteller.
Thoroughly enjoyable and thought provoking! I am sorry to come to the end!
Moriarty has a gift for expressing her characters innermost feelings with honesty.