Top critical review
Book is missing something
Reviewed in the United States on June 28, 2017
I really liked this book the first few chapters. 'The Mothers' as a collective voice was a great way to tell the story. But as the story wore on, it lost consistency, meaning and focus. So much was just left in the air, for example, I needed some sort of hint as to why the mother killed herself and this was a driving force to the story line. Also, characters were introduced, not fleshed out then disappeared serving no purpose to the story whatsoever (Shadi, the white boyfriend, the Marines, the gay sister, even the pastor, etc). Years were skipped over with absolutely nothing discussed and also important conversations were just dropped ('he stormed away, etc. i woke up the next morning... or something like, when I went back in the room... what happened????) Is this a book about abortion (I sorta thought so since it was based around the church and the guy ended up going to abortion counseling for fathers years later (really???), friendship, secrets, what exactly? Finally, the main character was unlikable. A little more time to character and plot development would have made this a 4 star book.