Last year I read the book Maine, by J. Courtney Sullivan and thought it was okay. Recently I read a review of her new book that mentioned that Maine didn’t come close to her book Commencement. Since Commencement is set near where I live, I thought I would give it a try.
This book was very different from Maine. It starts off as a female bonding book. Four former housemates from Smith College meeting up again after years apart. For a good portion of the book it maintains that female friendship angle. Then, part way through the book it changes quite suddenly when one of the friends disappears.
I don’t want to ruin the ending by revealing all of the twists. I will say that the characters were well developed. The situations were believable (perhaps that’s because I know the town) and the drama was compelling. I think the twists were supposed to be mysterious, but I found them predictable, given the build up.
Would I recommend this book? Not if you have gentle sensibilities or if you like your female friendship dramas cut and dried. If you’re looking for something more complex (or want a glimpse inside Smith), pick up this book.