by Sherryl Woods
Oct 06, 2014
Read in October, 2014
Two families--bound by friendship-- devastated by secrets for ten years Emily Dobbs and Marcie Carter have been the closest of friends. They've raised their kids together, shared joy and heartache, exchanged neighborhood gossip over tea. But when Marcie's son, now a college freshman sports star, is arrested for date rape, the bond between the families could be shattered forever.
As the Carters try to deal with the unthinkable, Emily discovers her daughter has been hiding a terrible secret--a secret that threatens the futures of both families. Recently divorced, Emily struggles to keep it all together--to support her terrified daughter, to maintain her friendship with Evan's mother and to have faith in the detective who could change all of their lives.
When things seem darkest, both she and Marcie discover that sometimes the first step toward a better future is mending fences with the past.
I liked this book. First of all, I was familiar with the setting since my daughter lived in the area. So when I was reading the description of the setting, I could relate to it and say to myself, I know where that is.
This is an intense story that includes date rape, divorce, friendship, mental and verbal abuse to name just a few. The characters are strongly developed and you are made to feel like an observer in the room instead of a reader. Even the subject matter was tough to read about, it made me think of what I would do if I was in a similar situation. Thank goodness I never had to deal with them.