Friday, July 10, 2020

Review: Two Truths and a Lie by Meg Mitchell Moore

Two Truths and a Lie
by Meg Mitchell Moore

Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 400
Format: eARC 
Buy the Book: Amazon 

Goodreads:  Truth: Sherri Griffin and her daughter, Katie, have recently moved to the idyllic beach town of Newburyport, Massachusetts. Rebecca Coleman, widely acknowledged former leader of the Newburyport Mom Squad (having taken a step back since her husband’s shocking and tragic death eighteen months ago), has made a surprising effort to include these newcomers in typically closed-group activities. Rebecca’s teenage daughter Alexa has even been spotted babysitting Katie.

Truth: Alexa has time on her hands because of a recent falling-out with her longtime best friends for reasons no one knows—but everyone suspects have to do with Alexa’s highly popular and increasingly successful YouTube channel. Katie Griffin, who at age 11 probably doesn’t need a babysitter anymore, can’t be left alone because she has terrifying nightmares that don’t seem to jibe with the vague story Sherri has floated about the “bad divorce” she left behind in Ohio. Rebecca Coleman has been spending a lot of time with Sherri, it’s true, but she’s also been spending time with someone else she doesn’t want the Mom Squad to know about just yet.

Lie: Rebecca Coleman doesn’t have a new man in her life, and definitely not someone connected to the Mom Squad. Alexa is not seeing anyone new herself and is planning on shutting down her YouTube channel in advance of attending college in the fall. Sherri Griffin’s real name is Sherri Griffin, and a bad divorce is all she’s running from.

Kritters Thoughts:  Sherri Griffin and her daughter Katie have moved to a small beach town in Massachusetts and hoping to quickly get integrated into this town and grow quick roots.  They have many secrets that they must keep for their safety, but being surrounded by crazy women who both love and love to hate, it will be hard for them to keep everything under wraps.  Rebecca Coleman and her daughter Alexa have lived in this town for a long time, but with the recent death of their husband/father, they are feeling as though they don't fit in well anymore and big changes in this small town are right around the corner.

The characters made this book.  The mother daughter relationship with a magnifying glass on it made for such a great read.  Each mother daughter pair were interesting as each has their own quirks!  There was plot in this book, but the true star were the characters.  

I loved the changing perspective.  From the mothers to the daughters to a group narrating, it was so fun to see the story bounce back and forth.  I especially loved when "the squad" narrated as that felt so different from anything else I had read.  To see group think realized in a book - so good!

I absolutely loved this book.  It was perfect for a summer weekend.  There was a large cast of characters but with a sticky note and pairing up moms and daughters it became easy to remember who was who and what drama they had!  I tore through this book and it reinvigorated my love of good meaty beach reads that are easy to get into and stay in!

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from HarperCollins.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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