DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
PUBLICATION: Doubleday Books, June 28th, 2016
Catherine West is a 43 year old single woman who has never found love. Living off of her deceased father's trust disbursements, she enjoys her upper class lifestyle and spends money without even thinking twice. Then she meets, William Stockton, a moderately wealthy man whose parents were best friends with Catherine's and the two fall head over heels for each other. But there's something that he isn't telling her regarding his past. The only person who truly knows the answers to her questions is her mother, an elderly, feisty Alzheimer's patient who won't answer anything.
Overall this book was good, not great. Looking back on it there were quite a few things that annoyed me, primarily not being able to connect with or even like many of the characters. They are all ridiculously rich so when they talk about "money troubles" but then brag on spending $5,000 on a purse and "$2,000 on a poncho I doubt I'll ever wear", I just grew to detest them.
The other thing was that Catherine's sister, Caroline, is pretty much the same person as Catherine (except she's married with kids). They're both vacuous, terrible people with very similar names. When Huntley would speak of them, it was hard to keep their story lines separate.
Not all was bad though because the basic, boiled-down plot was interesting but predictable. The big "twist" at the end can be spotted about halfway through the book. Nevertheless, it was still a good novel. Huntley is clearly a talented writer capable of creating an elaborate tale but reader beware: brevity is not her strong suit. This book clocks in at just over 350 pages when it could easy be trimmed to be 100 pages less.
I am glad I finished it because the ending was worthwhile. Finding out what happens to all of the characters made me glad I stuck with it but even though it was way too long, I never once actually considered putting it down. It certainly isn't a feel good book, but it is suspenseful and mildly psychological.
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