This was my second book from Judith Henry Wall, the first being 'My Mother's Daughter', and once again I was very pleased. So pleased in fact, that I've bought 4 more of her books. This is the story of four Colorado girls...Helen, Bonnie, Jen, and Libby. As children they promise to always be together, and when they get older, to go to NYC and really make something of themselves.
But time goes on and the four girls graduate high school, then college together. Bonnie, Jen and Helen all find their future husbands and start to settle down. Libby, the fragile, angle-like dreamer of the group, and extremely talented ballet dancer can be tamed by no man. She sort of hovers on the outside of the group for a while, bitter about her friends abandoning their childhood dream. Babies are born, careers are started, homes bought, ect.
The three couples married within months of each other, Libby being a maid-of-honor at each girls wedding, and every year they throw an anniversary party. At the fifth party, Libby shows up acting very strange, sort of detached from reality, they take her home to rest, and she's never heard from again. Libby seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth. The only thing missing are her car and purse. No clothes, money, valuables, nothing.
The remaining three girls are then thrown into a 15 year journey of trying to find out what happened to Libby. Perfect Libby...or so they thought. In their search they slowly uncover disturbing facts about their friend, things that affect all of them, and even threaten to ruin the lives they've so carefully built. I wouldn't say I was super surprised by the ending, but I was very happy with it. This book was so captivating, I hated to put it down. I definitely recommend this book, and any others by Ms. Wall. She's an excellent author, and a tremendous storyteller.
The first 200 pages were very slow and meandering. It picked up and became a page-turner as the women began to discover that Libby wasn't the person they believed her to be. But in the end, the circumstances and emotions (especially with the men) were too contrived to be taken seriously.
I highly recommend MY MOTHER'S DAUGHTER and THE SURROGATE by this author. Those are yards more intelligent than BLOOD SISTERS.
THIS BOOK STARTED OFF KIND OF SLOW BUT AS IT PROGRESSED IT GOT REALLY GOOD AND I COULDN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT THE SECRET LIBBY WAS HIDIDNG WAS. PRETTY GOOD.