Always on the lookout for new authors, my interest was piqued when I saw this book with a lovely cover. I looked at the blurb and it said something about friendship, love and a journey of self-discovery. Sounds promising. Alas, with great expectation comes great disappointment.
The story begins in summer in Maine. Lillo Gray has just arrived at the most exclusive hotel there. She has been invited to the wedding of Jessica Parker, whom she’d met when they were unhappy 8-year-old girls at fat camp in the summer, till they were 14. Two other friends, Allie and Diana have also been invited to the posh wedding. The four of them caught Jessica’s fiance flagrante delicto in the parking lot, but Jessica needed Lillo to stand up for her especially since Jessica’s parents are always trying to undermine her self-esteem. Jessica is docile, malleable, always apologising for her shortcomings and promising to try harder and doing whatever to please her parents. And her parents want her to marry this scum bug from a rich family. Jessica has always been insecure and always caved to a stronger person, and the three friends together are like the three witches in Macbeth. All of them escape to Lighthouse Island, hoping to figure out what Jessica should do next.
This is about the most interesting bit in the book, and it is just the beginning. What happens at the Lighthouse Beach are either too predictable or unrealistic. Some parts are too lengthy and the pace a tad slow. It is so ‘relaxed’ that it feels much longer than 400 pages. Even at the end, it feels like there are a lot of loose ends that still need tidying up. If this is a deliberate ploy to get readers to read its sequel, I’ll pass.
I’m not sure I would want to read the earlier books by the same author, either.