“The thing is, Peter, grown-ups don’t know what they’re doing any better than kids do. That’s the truth.”

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This gem is getting tucked into my favorites list for 2019.  Run, don’t walk to your nearest bookstore and pick this one up because I got the same feeling reading this book that I get with all the books I truly love, the ones I give 5 stars to, the ones I will keep forever.  I will beg people to read it.  If someone asks me for a recommendation, I’ll tell them to read this.  

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One of the reasons I joined Bookstagram was to find new books to read and to find people who loved books as much as I do.  So I have to thank Deb @lonestarwords for this recommendation and I’m so glad I followed her lead!  This is a family drama, spanning almost four decades.  Francis Gleeson and Bill Stanhope meet as NYPD rookies in 1973.  They aren’t really good friends but their lives begin to mirror each other’s as they both move to the same little town outside NY and buy houses across the street from one another.  And that’s where the story really begins with the dynamics of each family.  Do you ever look at people’s houses and wonder about the lives inside?  This book is an answer to that question.  It’s a family drama— marriage struggles, addiction, darkness, tragedy.  Kate Gleeson and Peter Stanhope are the two children caught in the intersection of their parents.  Peter is Bill and Anne Stanhope’s only child.  Kate is the youngest of Francis and Lena Gleeson’s three daughters.

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Kate and Peter find friendship and solace in one another until tragedy strikes.  Every character is so well-written.  Even with all their flaws and failings, I felt for every single character, including the ones that were so difficult to find any sympathy for them at all. Nothing is overdone and this was such a quick read for me because I couldn’t put this book down.  I won’t say anything more except to urge you to read this book for yourself.  Many thanks to Scribner Books and NetGalley for my copy.  I definitely want a physical copy of this book so I can keep it on my favorites shelf!

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