Pirriwee Public school on the peninsula of Sydney, Australia is a mix of power moms, surfer dads, high finance bankers, and blue collar workers. This mash up of parents and their children make for a fantastic cast of characters to keep you engaged in the life of this little town. When Pirriwee Public throws a costume trivia night, drinks are too strong, issues surface, and something terrible takes place. However no one can recall exactly what happened or who was involved. Three women are the heart of this novel, their lives twist and connect unexpectedly. Celeste and her husband Perry are perfect in the outside, wealthy and put together. Madeline is her loud, bossy, and unapologetic best friend. Jane is the new mum at school, young, and not ready for the world of intense school politics. These three women are multi-dimensional characters, as a reader you can’t help but empathize with their challenges. Moriarty does a fantastic job of building intrigue through snatches of interviews from parents and teachers about the legendary trivia night. She pulls you in with mystery, but weaves in the stories of these three women’s lives. If you liked ‘Where’d You Go Bernadette’, you would like this book. However, the characters are deeper, more relatable, with a more suspenseful plot. If you liked ‘The Husband’s Secret’, I think you will like this more. If you did not like ‘The Husband’s Secret’, give this a chance, it is a stronger book over all. I loved the reader on Audio, the Australian accent adds to the story. Read it before the movie comes out. One of my favorite reads so far this year.
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