Top critical review
Create your own sequel instead.
Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2020
I really enjoyed Firefly Lane, and I looked forward to the sequel to see what happened in the aftermath of Kate's death. If this is your motivation in reading this book, too, I would advise you not to. This book is not just depressing, it's frustrating. Apparently Kate was the only strong character in the first novel, because everyone (with the exception of her mother) falls apart in this one. And not just falls apart- self destructs. They are selfish and isolated and depressing. Kate would have been disappointed in all of them. The only remotely worthwhile part of reading this book was finally learning Dorothy/Cloud's backstory, but to do that it ruined the image of Tully's loving grandmother. Overall I would say slip this book. If you truly loved the characters from Firefly Lane, I have no doubt you could create a better sequel for them that isn't so miserable depressing and so far from the characters presented in the first book. One last thing: if Marah had just read Kate's journal when Kate died instead of waiting 5 years it would have made a world of difference. Maybe start your version there?