Book Review Of “Other People’s Houses” By Abbi Waxman @Berkleypub
At any given moment in other people’s houses, you can find…repressed hopes and dreams…moments of unexpected joy…someone making love on the floor to a man who is most definitely not her husband…
As the longtime local carpool mom, Frances Bloom is sometimes an unwilling witness to her neighbors’ private lives. She knows her cousin is hiding her desire for another baby from her spouse, Bill Horton’s wife is mysteriously missing, and now this…
After the shock of seeing Anne Porter in all her extramarital glory, Frances vows to stay in her own lane. But that’s a notion easier said than done when Anne’s husband throws her out a couple of days later. The repercussions of the affair reverberate through the four carpool families–and Frances finds herself navigating a moral minefield that could make or break a marriage. (Photo and synopsis from Goodreads)
Thank you Berkley Pub. #partner for the free E-ARC of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
This was a quirky, clever, humorous, and kind of sad book. I feel like this is an average everyday neighborhood, where every family has their own secrets and lies. It doesn’t pay to be a cheater, and I really lacked sympathy for Anne. However I was sad for her husband and children. I liked the complexity of the characters, I pretty much liked them all. I enjoyed it for the most part. However I wasn’t a fan of the foul language, it just didn’t seem fitting to the story. I’m not sure exactly how to explain my thoughts on it, just felt like the story could have done without it. I also sadly, felt that parts of it felt extremely immature, I had a hard time thinking women, and mom’s in their 40’s talked and behaved like they did in parts of the book.
I hadn’t read Abbi’s first book, so she was a new Author to me. I enjoyed what she wrote, and I am glad I got to read this one a bit early. Typically I don’t post reviews so early, but I figured since this book was offered in The Book Of The Month box, it was safe to post my review now. Have any of you read this yet? what were your thoughts?
Out on April 3rd. Goodreads and Pre-Order Link below