I received a copy of this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Quick fire review:
If you love a twisted book about family and are looking to unravel a heart wrenching mystery, then I would give this a try.
Great writing, great soul, great journey.
After a tragic accident on Martha’s Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear.
When a whispered comment overheard by her rebellious teenage daughter forces Ginger to reveal a long-held family secret, the Tangles’ carefully constructed web of lies begins to unravel. Upon the death of Glory, the family’s colorful matriarch, and the return of long-estranged Callie, Ginger resolves to return to Martha’s Vineyard and piece together what really happened on that calamitous day when a shadow fell over four sun-kissed siblings playing at the shore. Along with Ginger’s newfound understanding come the keys to reconciliation: with her mother, with her sisters, and with her daughter.
3.5 out of 5 stars
Secrets, secrets, secrets.
This is a story about a family; a very complicated family.
When their mother dies, the Tangle sisters Ginger, Mimi and Callie gather together at their Martha’s Vineyard home and are forced to come face to face with a tragedy from their past. Secrets are revealed, lives are changed and three sisters must deal with the aftermath of a number of events.
Ginger, the eldest, is an anxious woman who is mum to a bratty teen while Mimi is the middle child who keeps herself busy so not to deal with any of life’s problems, and Callie is the youngest whose means of escape is to, well escape. I loved all of the sisters as individuals and as a unit. Author Nancy Star has taken great care in crafting authentic characters who are unique, deeply flawed and full of heart. They are the reason you keep reading.
I’ve never read any of Star’s books before but it is clear that she is a pro at putting pen to paper. Her almost lyrical narrative style and ability to create such vibrantly complex characters that could very well be your next door neighbour is why I loved this book so much. Nothing seems outlandish. Everything is realistic. All your emotions are taken on a ride.