Sunday, January 3, 2021

Review: Those We Love Most by Lee Woodruff

Those We Love Most
by Lee Woodruff

Publisher: Hyperion
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  On a warm June day, Maura Corrigan is walking with her nine-year-old son, James, as he rides his bike to school. The unthinkable happens: he darts onto the street and is hit by Alex, a 17-year-old neighbor. As if James's death isn't tragic enough for the Corrigan family, in its wake an intricate web of relationships, secrets, and betrayals begins to unravel.

Told through the perspective of four family members, Those We Love Most chronicles how this sudden twist of fate forces each of them to confront their choices, examine their mistakes, and fight for their most valuable relationships. It asks the age-old question: Why do we hurt the ones we love most? Then it shows us how we can, in the most difficult of times, forgive ourselves and others for our transgressions.

Kritters Thoughts:  A book about family and all the ups and downs that can happen over the years.  The Corrigan family experiences an extreme loss and it affects the mother of the child and her parents and in this book each of them get the chance to tell their side of the story.

This was my first read of 2021.  I picked it because I want to intentionally read books that I have owned for awhile that I also need to review on netgalley.  Need to get that netgalley review percentage up!  

What isn't shared in the synopsis is the extreme amount of infidelity in the book and that wasn't a great way to start the year of reading for me.  I often avoid books with infidelity as that just isn't what I want in my reading life, so while I am thankful that I am getting a physical book out of my library, read and completed and getting a review on netgalley, the reading experience was just ok.  

I appreciated in this book that the story did focus on the family and their reactions to this intense tragedy and another one that happened in the book and it was more of a look on how people react to the ups and downs of life, but goodness gracious there was a lot of cheating in this one.  

If you enjoy books that peel back the layers and give you an inside look on a family during a time where they are showing the imperfections, then this book could be the right read for you.   

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

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