★★★★ ☐ The publisher has provided a copy for review.
Not one mystery but two! The book kept me on the edge of suspense (even terror of what could happen next) and engagement (family life and friendships can be messy). Barbieri develops believable characters, likable or not.
Sometimes details of life don't seem to fit. What we know - or the assumptions about how and why things happen - don't match what's going on. This story of life in a small town, juggling relationships, and making ends meet is a good story.
There were a few moments when I felt disconnected between converging stories, but on the whole I enjoyed it and look forward to the next Barbieri novel.