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Monday, November 5, 2018

REVIEW: We Were Mothers by Katie Sise

We Were Mothers
by Katie Sise

Publisher:  Little A
Publish Date: October 1, 2018
Kindle Edition
299 Pages
Genres: Suspense, Mystery

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.

My Review:

At first this gave me Desperate Housewives vibes but without the humor... which then gave me more Big Little Lies vibes... either way, there's a neighborhood full of mothers/daughters/wives that all interconnect in some way or another and boy do they ALL have secrets! Good lawd, did I need a chart of some kind to keep up with all of them.

I didn't feel like there was one particular plot line - it did center around one particular thing but ultimately it felt like a glimpse inside a community and the drama that happens behind closed doors. The intricacies of marriage, mother/daughter relationships and how the secrets of the past always come to slap you in the face in the future.

I wish I had connected better with this book. There were certain aspects that had me befuddled and going WHAT - no, no, that just doesn't even make sense. To the point where I had to reach out to a fellow Bookstagrammer to discuss. Then I remind myself, this is a work of fiction - suspend some reality woman! I can easily do this but sometimes it's just not quite as easy as others.

For me, I think there was just too much going on all at once. All the women are struggling. All the men are assholes. However, I also couldn't stop reading this either. It's like one of those Lifetime movies that are guilty pleasures. Twisty, lots of drama and you find yourself yelling at all the characters.

Thanks to @saltwaterreads for holding the readalong <3

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