Author: Karyn Bristol
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Wooden Dock Press
Published Date: June 14, 2019
Book Description: How do you define the truth? Is it what you see? Is it what you are told by a beloved partner, a best friend, a trusted parent? Is it the whispers you hear in the halls of your life? However you define it, Allie Sexton is terrified of the truth. Twenty-eight years ago, Allie’s mother disappeared; never to be heard from again. Allie survived by becoming the toast of the party—any party—and never looking back. But as a thirty-two-year-old mother of two, parties have morphed into playdates, and the closest she gets to Dom Pérignon is watered-down Mott’s. Even her once golden marriage has tarnished into a “How was your day” fly-by. When her husband storms out, Allie knows that this time, she can’t just bury her pain. This time, she needs to sift through it, knowing that the key to her future lies at rock bottom, in the truth about her mother. Allie’s story weaves through a friendship of four women, a no-holds-barred camaraderie that ferries them through the adventure of dates and deadlines, husbands and babies, and cradles them through the heartbreak of date-rape, infidelity, and alcoholism. As they each grapple with what life has thrown at them, they wrestle with the question: if you ever find the truth, does it heal you or destroy you?
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars
Review: This was a book I am not sure I would have never picked up, but did a receive a eGalley of this. This fits all my criteria of what peeks my interest but never really saw it being discussed the in the book world.
This book takes place over 13 months, when we begin the main character Allie’s husband is starting the process of a separation. Each chapter captures a journal entry from Allie and then goes back to a time in their relationship. This is a not a book all about marriage, this also centers around her and her group of friends that she has had since college.
The timeline is a little wonky but the author does a clear job of marking where we are exactly. And once we leave Allie’s journals behind then we quickly skip through many point’s of view. I found this book a little hard to keep up with at time.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, the story was engaging and kept me wanting to read this. This is a deeper story at times, but does have an air of lightness especially when the story revolves the female friendships. This book will also give you a lot to think about and even discuss.
Thank you NetGalley and Wooden Dock Press for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.