Written by Eithne Shortall
One happy street. Three pretty houses. So many lies…
Martha used to be a force of nature: calm, collected, and in charge. But since moving her husband and two daughters to Dublin under sudden and mysterious circumstances, she can’t seem to find her footing.
Robin was the “it” girl in school, destined for success. Now she’s back at her parents’ with her four-year-old son, vowing that her ne’er-do-well ex is out of the picture for good.
Edie has everything she could want, apart from a baby, and the acceptance of her new neighbours. She longs to be one of the girls, and to figure out why her perfect husband seems to be avoiding their perfect future.
Three women looking for a fresh start on idyllic Pine Road. Their friendship will change their lives, and reveal secrets they never imagined.
Liane Moriarty meets Lisa Jewell in this story of the love affairs, rivalries and scandals that hide behind every door…
Wow .. this is a read-and-a-half! With so much going on, I found myself immersed in a multi-genre novel with a serious side which also provided so much opportunity for laughter!
Set in a cul-de-sac in the Dublin suburbs, this is the story of neighbours, the ups and downs of their families — and oh, so much more! There are a good mix of people from all walks of life, most of whom are harbouring their own secrets but what they have in common is wanting to be the first to find out all about the new family who have come to live in their midst. Who are they, where have the come from and why have they chosen to move into the much sought after Pine Road?
This is a novel with everything going for it! There is a bit of crime, a helping of mystery, a few solid friends and a wide sprinkling of people from across the board – some who think they are superior to others along with those just desperate to fit it. There is some very clever plotting at hand and more than a few surprises along the way. What seems to be, on the surface, a simple and straightforward read is a book full of revelations and surprises which had me giggling in the most unexpected places! This is one of those books that I want to shout about from the rooftops and make sure everyone reads! Skilfully crafted and fabulously entertaining so it’ll be no surprises that I’m giving this one a full house of stars.
My thanks to publisher Corvus for my copy via NetGalley. As always, all given opinions are completely honest and entirely my own.
Tags: family life, women’s fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback
- Size: 400 pages
- Publisher: Corvus
- Publication Dates: 3 October 2019 (UK), 16 June 2020 (US)
- Purchase Links: Google Play
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- W. H. Smith
Eithne Shortall studied journalism at Dublin City University and has lived in London, France and America. Now based in Dublin, she is chief arts writer for the Sunday Times Ireland. Her debut novel, Love in Row 27, published in 2017, was a major Irish bestseller, and her second novel, Grace After Henry, was shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards and won Best Page Turner at the UK’s Big Book Awards.