Jeane, April 2, 2008 (view all comments by Jeane)
This quietly haunting story is about Alice, Howard, and their two daughters. They've recently moved to a small midwestern town to follow Howard's dream of being a dairy farmer. Unfortunately, Alice soon alienates the local people against her. Right as the story unfolds, her best friend and neighbors' daughter drowns in her backyard pond. Then she is accused of sexually abusing a child at the school where she works as a nurse. On the one hand dealing with profound guilt over a child's death, and on the other facing a courtroom full of people who think she's committed the most sordid act against another child, Alice struggles to hold onto her sanity and keep her family together while facing the ostracism of the entire town. This book can be depressing and heart-wrenching, or a startling clear look at how one small mistake can trigger other events and escalate into an unforseen catastrophe.
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Jennifer Kulman, June 18, 2007 (view all comments by Jennifer Kulman)
I was really looking forward to this book based on the summary. It could have been an excellent book, but it was too drawn out and characters were too unlikeable. I really lost interest mid-way through and had to force myself to continue. I think I would have liked it had been more fast paced, and less of what the characters were thinking about. Pretty boring.
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Jena, November 6, 2006 (view all comments by Jena)
This book had its moments. Maybe it would have had more, but I stopped reading 2/3 of the way through. I couldn't muster enough concern about Alice or her husband or their children to make the last third of the book worthwhile. I don't even care whether Alice did it or not.
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