Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng is a story of secrets wrapped in mystery, wrapped in drama, wrapped in love.
It's the story of Elena Richardson who has spent her whole life building the perfect life with the perfect husband in the perfect neighborhood with four children of whom unfortunately only three are perfect.
It's the story of what happens when a stranger, Mia Warren, with her own layered story of secrets wrapped in mystery wrapped in love moves into the perfect neighborhood with her teenage daughter Pearl in tow, testing the tolerance and inclusiveness the Mrs Richardsons of the world - and of Shaker Heights - pride themselves on.
To those who followed Celeste, Madeline, Jane and Renata in Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies, parts of Little Fires Everywhere will feel eerily reminiscent of the sense of foreboding that fills the viewer/reader with dread from the very beginning.
There is something so dangerous about communities that cling so hard to outward perfection that they become deaf to what's going on inside - or oblivious to what's coming at them from the outside.
But Celeste Ng is also telling the age old story of the lengths a mother will go to to protect her child, in this case even if it means harming the child in the process.
A very enjoyable read with surprising twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat.