I am not sure if I liked this book or not. It had a similar disappointing and thin ending as her other book, Love and Other Impossible Pursuits. Similar to that book as well, there are two story lines going on that don't meld as well as they could. Sure, the stories are compelling but is this a book about getting caught up in the war on drugs or is it a book about mother-daughter relationships? I just didn't see why the entire plot line of the drug bust existed other than to make the last twenty pages of the book happen. Many of the elements of this story seemed rather far fetched to me.
This was a wonderful, beautifully-written book. The relationship between mother and daughter was one of the most amazing aspects of it, as it was written so incredibly true to life. The author's talent with description really made me feel like I understood the relationship from the very first page, and I was able to see the similarities between Olivia and her mother and between me and my mother. There was also a lot of interesting legal information in this book that I probably never would have learned elsewhere. Definitely a fantastic pick and I'm anxious to read some of her other work.
About a mother and daughter's relationship which is tested when the daughter is brought up on drug charges stemming from her boyfriend's new "career". This was very different from Ayelet Waldman's Juliet Applebaum mommy detective series but I liked it.
A huge fan of Waldman's mysteries, I initially found this book a bit slow at reeling me in, but eventually the plight of the characters made it hard for me to put down. Olivia Goodman, finds herself accused of a federal drug conspiracy charges after she takes a phone message for her newbie drug dealing boyfriend and winds up on trial. It's also a story about mother daughter relationships and the choices we make.
A totally compelling story that made me think about what I would do if my child found himself in a similar situation. How much would I sacrifice for him? I was captivated by how naive the daughter was and how distant the mother seemed but when push came to shove how she realized what was important to her. I also found myself discussing this story with my teenage son so that he might understand just how easy it is to find yourself in the wrong situation and be swept up in someone else's agenda. I would recommend this book to anyone with children just as food for thought.