It’s June and the summer has begun. “The Squad” of twelve moms are getting ready for their annual parties, activities and cattiness. We learn from the beginning that someone in Newburyport is not going to survive the summer.
Rebecca Coleman had been one of the make it happen members of the Mom Squad but after the recent loss of her husband, she’s become withdrawn focusing on her two daughters, seventeen year old Alexa and Morgan, eleven years old. Rebecca believes Alexa is preparing to attend college in the fall but Alexa, with a budding yet secretive success with her own YouTube channel, has already called the school and has given up her spot planning to head to Los Angeles.
Sherri Griffin and her daughter Katie, also eleven, have just moved into town. Rebecca has extended a hand in friendship to Sherri. Katie and Morgan quickly become friends but Sherri reveals little about herself and what she tells Rebecca and the others about herself is a lie.
The book is told from several points of view including Sherri, Rebecca, Alexa and The Squad, the latter acting as a pseudo Greek Chorus. Amid all the secrets and lies, this is a summer of change and growth for Sherri and Rebecca and a touching coming-of-age journey for Alexa. While Two Truths and a Lie has its share of amusing snarkiness, at its heart, it is a story about women who will do anything to insure the happiness and safety of their children.
There are many good books that take place during the summer, at a beach town involving a group of women and their families. This book feels familiar, which is not a bad thing.
Many thanks to Edelweiss, William Morrow and the author for an advance copy of Two Truths and a Lie.
Rated 3.75 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: June 16, 2020.
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