Whew, what a book! This book was not at all what I was expecting. I didn’t want to write a review right after I finished because this is a book you have to process and let settle over you before you start to really break it down. This book has put all of my worst fears in black and white because grief makes us say and do terrible things. As a sister, as a wife and as a hopeful mother, this book made me face some things I was not fully ready to face. SO, all that being said….
This was not a book about just one character, and one story. This book was about five characters and 5 stories and how they all live with the loss of a loved one and how they are able to move forward, if at all. This is not a book for an easy read. At first it was hard for me to follow because I wasn’t used to the authors writing. To me this book was from an outsider looking in. Like that family friend who knew everyone’s secrets but never told anyone else in the family about those secrets. Some chapters were solely about one person, and others you went back and forth. It took me a few chapters to get the hang of the transitions between characters.
To me, this book was awesome. I love to people watch, and I love to know everyone elses business. So it was extremely interesting to me to be able to read about how every character in this book delt with secrets, handled loss and how they moved on. How they survived their lives and what ate at them. Being a sister and having siblings, I know what it is like to grow up in a weird house and not being able to talk about it to anyone but your siblings. You start to have a secret language and no one is the wiser about it. You learn to lean on your siblings because they are truely the only other people who know exactly what you’re feeling and thinking.
The dynamic Celeste Ng captures between the siblings, husband and wife, and mother/father child is spot on. She did a wonderful job of portraying the emotions we know we would feel if we were in the same situation. I just wish we got to know Lydia better. I feel like one of the characters, asking myself “why?” and “what was she thinking?”.
I would definately recomment this book!
my rating is ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️