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The book had some good bits to it but it serious. The story of young Sugar was strong but didn't fit into the silliness of Merilee's modern day drama. I found a lot of Merilee's chapters boring and an odd contrast to strong Sugar. Additionally as others said, the plot was incredibly predictable.
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...Glass first if you haven't read any of White's fiction. Those two were excellent.
White’s books that are listed in fiction (rather than romance) are always a good read. This one was too but less so than some of her others. After you’ve read a few, you realize she has a kind of formula (though it’s a more interesting and complex formula than, say, romance novels) though with this novel, she veered slightly from it. Personally, I think she read Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies.
The sense of place that’s always so strong in her novels was a little lacking here. I missed that. Also it was a more suburban setting than usual.
On the upside, her main younger female character (Merilee) was less prickly than usual. As per usual, the older/elderly female character (Sugar Prescott in this novel) had both an interesting front and back story. In this case, much more interesting than Merilee.
There were enough characters, layers to peel back, secrets to be discovered, mysteries to be solved, that I was not bored and always wanted to keep listening.
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