A simple invitation to a neighbourhood barbecue changes everything. Clementine and Sam accept an invitation from her oldest friend Erika to attend a barbecue at Erika’s neighbour’s home. Two months later, we see Clementine and Sam wishing they hadn’t gone. The barbecue changed their life and family forever, what if they had simply said no.
This book has very mixed reviews on Goodreads, some people didn’t like the slow burning story and felt it was too long. I, however, completely disagree. I loved the book. I liked the slow build up to what happened at the barbecue, I felt it have loads of time to come up with possibilities of what happened. The whole story was so character driven, we see how complex the lives of others can be, even when they seem completely normal to the outside world. Erika was an amazing, complex character. She had so many layers, her relationship with Clementine, her relationship with her husband, her mother and, even, Clementine’s family. For me, she was the most interesting part of the story. Tiffany, the neighbour, also fascinated me. She was an interesting character with a different background. I love the way we saw the story, and what happened at the barbecue from each characters perspective. Honestly, I know this book won’t be for everyone, and some people will think it should have been shorter or had more happening all the time, but I quite enjoyed it.