A gripping page-turner for fans of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW and THE PERFECT NANNY, Michelle Sacks’s You Were Made For This provocatively explores the darkest sides of marriage, motherhood, and friendship.
Doting wife, devoted husband, cherished child. Merry, Sam, and Conor are the perfect family in the perfect place. Merry adores the domestic life: baking, gardening, caring for her infant son. Sam, formerly an academic, is pursuing a new career as a filmmaker. Sometimes they can hardly believe how lucky they are. What perfect new lives they’ve built.
When Merry’s childhood friend Frank visits their Swedish paradise, she immediately becomes part of the family. She bonds with Conor. And with Sam. She befriends the neighbors, and even finds herself embracing the domesticity she’s always seemed to scorn.
All their lives, Frank and Merry have been more like sisters than best friends. And that’s why Frank soon sees the things others might miss. Treacherous things, which are almost impossible to believe when looking at this perfect family. But Frank, of all people, knows that the truth is rarely what you want the world to see. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to Little Brown And Company for sending me a free copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 4 out of 5 Stars.
This book punched me right in the gut, several times. I cannot really say what got me so worked up, as it’s not in the synopsis and I do not want to spoil it.
I read this gem within 24 hours, once I started it was damn near impossible to put it down. This was such a creative read, The whole book, the one person I thought was a Monster ended up not being one, and The person I thought was good ended up being a terrible human being, and the person I disliked the entire book, I ended up softening to at the end. I am not sure that I’ve read a book lately that had this many plot twists, and gut punches.
These three adults had the worst experiences growing up, Frank’s probably being the worst. I’m glad that the author didn’t go into great detail, or else I am not sure I could have kept reading it. I see the trend in these books, bad childhoods = Bad adulthood, and that same thing could probably be said in real life.
The only negative thing I can say about this book is, there are NO quotation Marks anywhere! It was a times very difficult to discern conversations, from the story. I’m not sure why authors do this, or if it’s only done that way in the ARC, but it really drives me crazy. I noticed it right away, and then got used to it, and then noticed it again, it drove me crazy and made it a wee bit harder to focus on the story. But eventually I got over it, and just enjoyed the story. Does anyone know why authors do that? Why leave out quotation marks during dialogue? But I think if that’s the worst I can say about this book, than that’s pretty darn good. I also am not 100% how I feel about the ending.
This book is out June 19th, I will include helpful links below.