Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned – from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principal is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren – an enigmatic artist and single mother- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town – and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at an unexpected and devastating cost…
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This book was the first I have read by this author. I can certainly see she loves to explore and study the everyday norm from binmen to riding a bike.
I have to admit I did find it very slow paced but in away that is also what makes its good as it makes you stop and see what is happening . The characters were very believable and I could easily place them in the story and what was happening in the plot.
There were a few storylines in the book which I found confusing at first. Also there was a bit of information dumping in parts of the book which was a a bit f a trudge to get through
But overall I liked it and totally understand the hype surrounding the book.