A brilliant, twisty novel about a missing woman, an unfaithful husband, and the dark secrets that will destroy two perfect families.
A scandalous revelation is about to devastate a picturesque town where the houses are immaculate and the neighborhoods are tightly knit. Devoted mother Cora O’Connell has found the journal of her friend Laurel’s daughter—a beautiful college student who lives next door—revealing an illicit encounter. Hours later, Laurel makes a shattering discovery of her own: her daughter has vanished without a trace. Over the course of one weekend, the crises of two close families are about to trigger a chain reaction that will expose a far more disturbing web of secrets. Now everything is at stake as they’re forced to confront the lies they have told in order to survive.
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We Were Mothers by Katie Sise is a so-so soap opera of a novel full of secrets. The novel is set in an upscale suburban neighborhood and the story unfolds through the points-of-view of four characters. Cora is the mother of two year old twins and understandably tired while trying her best. She finds a dairy of the neighbor's college-aged daughter, Mira, claiming that Cora's husband kissed Mira after a baby sitting job. Laurel is the neighbor, mother of Mira, and has secrets of her own. When Mira disappears, she is frantic. Jade is a friend of Cora. Her husband wants them to have a baby. Sarah is the mother of Cora and is still mourning her deceased daughter Maggie. The narrative unfolds over the course of one weekend when events trigger a chain of circumstances that begin to slowly expose more and more secrets. Every chapter exposes a new secret and reveals a tangled mess of new information. All the women are distraught victims and all the men are scoundrels in this over-the-top melodramatic story. All the improbable twists affecting every character during this one weekend are farfetched and left me shaking my head. If you enjoy scandalous melodramatic novels where everyone has a trunk full of secrets and can suspend disbelief when everything is exposed and hits the fan all at once AND don't mind that all the women are victims and the men villains, then by all means pick this novel up. Or if you want to read something mindless and fluffy with a flimsy soap opera plot full of caricatures without distinct voices or character development, then give it a try. There is, ostensibly, a message about empowerment for women at the end, but it arrived way-too-late to the plot. At least one character should have had the enlightenment to be true to herself long before this weekend happened. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of the publisher.
I have to say that this book took me COMPLETELY by surprise. Let me just say, I am very much enjoying these new suspense/mystery-esq plots that have family/character drama deeply ingrained. It’s like a twist on my favourite genre - and I get a bit of dramatic action while I’m there. I started this one on my weekend mountain getaway and could not put it down. I was in the most BEAUTIFUL mountains, but could NOT not read this right to the end. For real, this one is intriguing. Katie Sise does absolutely remarkable work moving from character to character, unwinding the story in chunks from each perspective, while still tying all the loose story threads together into a masterful web of suspense. I could feel that something big was coming around the corner, but try as I might, I could not see the twists coming. This is one of those stories that will wonderfully surprise you as a reader - you know there is drama, but you are never prepared for just how much. Especially considering the very short time frame this story takes place. This book is brilliant, twisty, dark and one that is impossible to set down as you desperately see who will come out of it unscathed. I can not recommend this one enough - get this one onto your must read list, ASAP.