After dark musings of a sleep-deprived mother reading through the night while the rest of the world sleeps.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I won an advanced reader's edition of this novel through Goodreads Firstreads.
What's it about?
Family Pictures by Jane Green is a story of two women who live on opposite coasts but whose lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined. Both women are wives and mothers to children who are about to leave the nest for school. They're both in their forties and have husbands who travel more than either of them would like. They are both feeling an emptiness neither had expected. But when a shocking secret is exposed, their lives are blown apart. As dark truths from the past reveal themselves, will these two women be able to learn to forgive, for the sake of their children, if not for themselves?
This insomniac's opinion:
Overall, this was an enjoyable read. It was well written and had an interesting subject matter. I did have two grievances with this book Firstly, I knew exactly what the plot twist was going to be from the very beginning of the book.In fact, you may have already guessed it by reading the above blurb. However, I still felt anticipation at when and how the the twist would happen and did not expect some of the ramifications that happen after the twist. Secondly, there were two many subplots which felt hastily wrapped up near the end. I did really love the ending, even as unbelievable as it was. For light reading that won't overtax your mind, this book is a good pick.
Worth staying awake for?
Yes, if you are in the mood for light reading.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars(4 on Goodreads, because it deserves to be rounded up instead of down. Goodreads staff- please, please, please give us a half star option!)