QUICK NOTES: The synopsis has all the promise and makings of an epic family drama...and boy does it deliver! The numerous characters are diverse in their many personalities, except for one major common thread; they're all selfish and completely incapable of putting themselves in each other's shoes, so to speak. No, really. The obliviousness is heaped on in large quantities.
It's a bit hard on the senses having so many unlikable characters all squawking away for the majority of the book BUT it was definitely also entertaining to watch the secrets and lies unfold. With the lack of proper communication between family, it does end up being entirely satisfying once they all start talking!
It's hard not to compare your own family as you read. Suddenly your own relatives are looking like angelic creatures (ha!).
The entire book is told in multiple POVs and the chapters are relatively short. It kept the story moving along at a fast and easy to read pace.
My biggest let-down was at the end. I won't spoil it for you, but after all of the drama and nervous moments, it felt like a kick in the face for the author to conclude things the way she did. But I really don't like spoilers so I won't say any more.
Overall, It was a decent book but the oblivious nature of most of the characters started to grind on me after a while. Combined with the ending, it was just an okay experience for me.
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
RATING: ★★★☆☆/ 3 Stars
GENRE: Fiction, Contemporary, Holidays
SYNOPSIS: It's Christmas, and the Birch family is gathering for the first time in years.
Emma is elated at having everybody under one roof, but her oldest child, Olivia, is only home because she has nowhere else to go. She's just returned from treating an epidemic abroad and must stay in quarantine for a week - and so, too should her family.
For the next seven days, no one can leave the house and no one can enter. It doesn't sound too hard. But a week with your nearest and dearest can feel like an eternity, especially when they're all harbouring secrets.
One of whom is about to come knocking at their door...