Cara, a 17-year-old girl, feels guilty about the awful car accident that injured her father, Luke, and herself. In this crisis, her estranged brother and her divorced-and-remarried mother come together with Cara and Luke–at least, they’re all in the same place. But her family is still divided, each harboring secrets and hidden wounds.
How can they hope to agree on their next step? The truth, they feel, would be too painful. But while the truth may hurt, it might be their only way forward.
Picoult tells each person’s story in his or her own point of view, with Cara’s eccentric father, Luke, as everyone’s central focus. As the web of intrigue grows, so does the cast of characters. Normally I’d get confused, but Picoult introduces each chapter with the character’s name and each speaks with a distinct voice. The novel is very different from anything I’ve read before, and I learned a lot. I found it an unexpectedly Great Weekend Read.
Thanks for reading,