“The first thing you should know is that everyone lies.
The second thing is that it matters.”
Before the first chapter even begins, this statement establishes the premise for a tragic story of how secrets, lies, and misunderstandings, mixed with bad decisions, can alter lives in a split second.
The author uses the three main characters, Natalie Falcone, her daughter, Arden, and Arden's cousin and best friend, Rory, to tell the story. The narrative bounces back and forth from one to the other as more and more is revealed about Arden and Rory and their relationship with each other and their families. The happy facade of two cousins who are closer than sisters crumbles and like a jigsaw puzzle, the pieces begin to fall into place with a more complicated family picture emerging.
There can be no perfect ending to the story of the Falcones. It's a heartwrenching journey where not everyone can be saved and there are lessons to be learned by those who are. Lies are destructive and no matter how you justify them, in the end, they can destroy lives. This book is difficult to put down.