Publication Date: October 4,
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Olivia McAfee knows what it feels like to start over. Her picture-perfect
life—living in Boston, married to a brilliant cardiothoracic surgeon,
raising their beautiful son, Asher—was upended when her husband revealed a
darker side. She never imagined that she would end up back in her sleepy
New Hampshire hometown, living in the house she grew up in and taking over
her father’s beekeeping business.
Lily Campanello is familiar with do-overs, too. When she and her mom
relocate to Adams, New Hampshire, for her final year of high school, they
both hope it will be a fresh start.
And for just a short while, these new beginnings are exactly what Olivia
and Lily need. Their paths cross when Asher falls for the new girl in
school, and Lily can’t help but fall for him, too. With Ash, she
feels happy for the first time. Yet at times, she wonders if she can
trust him completely. . . .
Then one day, Olivia receives a phone call: Lily is dead, and Asher is
being questioned by the police. Olivia is adamant that her son is
innocent. But she would be lying if she didn’t acknowledge the flashes of
his father’s temper in Ash, and as the case against him unfolds, she
realizes he’s hidden more than he’s shared with her.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley.com
I am leaving this review voluntarily
Wow. This book takes me back to when I first read Jodi Picoult.
It doesn't hurt that the attorney in this book plays vital roles in
The Pact, Salem Falls and Nineteen Minutes. I also appreciate that
this book actually had an ending where I felt that a few of her more recent
books left the end up to you.
Olivia left her abusive husband and moved with her son to her parents farm
where she becomes a beekeeper like her father. Now a senior in high school
Asher is a good kid, a gifted athlete and has a great girlfriend. Then
Lily is found dead and Asher is the main suspect.
This book was in many ways torturous to read because I wanted to hurry up
and find out what happens at the end of the trial. I can only imagine
the stress Asher and his mother would have been under in these
circumstances. Throughout the book we get flashbacks into Lilly's life from
before she moved to the area and throughout her relationship with Asher.
We also get flashbacks from Olivia who hides the pain and shame of
being an abused woman. Ever since she left her husband she has not had
another relationship, scared to trust again.
I don't want to give too much away because there is a secret revealed in
this book about halfway through. Which this book is full of. Everyone seems
to have secrets and its about the lengths and the costs they go through to
keep them and who they eventually trust with them.
The ending actually caught me by surprise but it actually made sense. It
also shows just how skewed the justice system is. I loved this book. I
thought the topics it brings to light are timely and needed. It really
dives deep into a subject many people don't know too much about and if some
of the reviews I read are anything to go by things that people are scared to
hear about. Our biases cloud our judgement so often maybe its time to open
our eyes and see through someone else's for a change.
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