A scandalous revelation is about to devastate a picturesque town where the houses are immaculate and the neighborhoods are tightly knit. Devoted mother Cora O’Connell has found the journal of her friend Laurel’s daughter—a beautiful college student who lives next door—revealing an illicit encounter. Hours later, Laurel makes a shattering discovery of her own: her daughter has vanished without a trace. Over the course of one weekend, the crises of two close families are about to trigger a chain reaction that will expose a far more disturbing web of secrets. Now everything is at stake as they’re forced to confront the lies they have told in order to survive.
It was love at first chapter between this book and I. I didn’t know what to expect when I first started reading it but soon found myself totally immersed in the story. I couldn’t put this one down, it is the kind of book that I found myself either reading or thinking about. At the same time, I didn’t want to get done too quickly.
The story is narrated in alternating chapters by 4 women. Cora is happily married to Sam and they have twins, George and Lucy. Sarah is Cora’s mother, devoted mom and grand mom. She is haunted by the death of Cora’s sister and her failed marriage. Laurel is married to Dash, the handsome surgeon and together, they have two daughters, Anna and Mira. Jade is married to Jeremy; the two are trying to conceive.
One thing that you need to know about all these women is that they are hiding secrets. Some worse than others. Their lives changed with just a single revelation. One mysterious package that set off everything and then the perfect lives in this quiet suburban slowly disintegrated. The cracks started showing on the perfect family portraits and soon, readers got the real picture of the secret lives of the residents of Ravendale.
This is a story about family, secrets, womanhood, motherhood and mostly important, a mother’s love. I enjoyed reading about the 4 women and could relate with them on different levels. Some of their stories broke my heart, while other stories were uplifting. The events in the story happened just over a short period but this didn’t take away the depth of the narrative or character development.
We Were Mothers by Katie Sise is beautifully written with a taut, gripping plot. I absolutely enjoyed reading this literary gem.