So, through the magic of the internet and twitter, I discovered this book by Celeste Ng. I didn’t read her last book, although I heard great things about it as well. This book has been all over the book blogs and TV (I think even Reese Witherspoon recommended it for her book club). So, with all the rave reviews, I decided to add it to my Book of the Month box in October. It’s a great deal, only $9.99 to add books…and I’ve actually gotten several best sellers that way. So much better than paying full price sometimes!
Anyway, back to the book.
It starts in the aftermath of a fire in Shaker Heights, OH, a planned community south of Cleveland. At the time it was founded, Shaker Heights was one of the first “planned communities”. Everything from roads, sidewalks, house colors, schools, etc. were carefully planned and executed. The Richardson’s are considered part of the perfect, planned culture. Successful husband, wife with a career, and four children. The jock, the thoughtful one, the shallow daughter, and the moody youngest. Everyone in the book thinks the youngest child started the fires (the title is how the fires started….little fires in each bedroom). She has gone missing and no one really knows what happened.
The book jumps back to before anything was seen to be wrong. We follow the lives of the Richardson’s, their tenants (Mia and her daughter Pearl), and the surrounding community. There is a scandalous adoption, an almost adoption, missing families, and then finally the fires themselves.
The book keeps the reader guessing as to who is responsible for the fires. In this planned community there is an undercurrent of malice that means anyone could be responsible. It keeps up the tension as the reader learns about the various connections the people in this town have. Definitely worth the read.
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I will be participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) in November with my new book. I’ve finished my Cozy Mystery and am still in the querying mode with some requests for Full Manuscripts. I’m keeping my fingers crossed! The next book is something completely different and I can’t wait to try doing it during NaNoWriMo!