I did not really enjoy this book. A tragedy turns the characters absolutely bitter. It was a depressing read.
This is a wonderful book -- depressing, but so beautifully written and thought provoking. It's about a child dying and the repercussions of her death in this small community.
The beginning of this book was especially painful to read, and I believe anyone with a child will find it so. But, the book touched so great a nerve within me that it was a most memorable read. You just can't help but sympathize with the main character, and constantly imagine how her (ex) best friend, and all family members felt. It really is a case of a tragedy occuring by accident. Preventable? Of course. But, that's the case with all true accidents. You will not forget the powerful emotions in this book.
First line: "I used to think that if you fell from grace it was more likely than not the result of one stupendous error, or else an unfortunate accident."
This is a chilling and superb novel. Unforgettable characters.