Then it all came tumbling down

This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman

This book, along with Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn, cured me of my recent non-reading bout.

Both of them—could not put down. (I love it when that happens.)

This Beautiful Life has a house of cards on the cover, and that was a smart choice. Things start out lovely for Liz, her husband Richard, and their kids Jake and Coco. Then Jake’s stupid, stupid, stupid decision to forward an email of a sex video he received from a girl basically derails the whole family’s happiness.

Because their beautiful life? House of cards!!

(And seriously, isn’t it that way for everyone? Things are going along swimmingly, and then disease or some crap strikes and it all goes to hell. I’m just saying.)

Anyway, this book reminded me of Testimony by Anita Shreve (though Testimony was much more unsettling).

This Beautiful Life does the multiple viewpoints thing I like/dislike in equal parts—starting with Liz, then Jake, then Richard.

Multiple viewpoints—I like this technique because it shows you the same episode from different perspectives, and that’s interesting. I dislike this technique because when the viewpoint changes, I always feel wrenched away from the character I’ve just been hanging out with. There’s a tiny bit of whiplash and I feel a bit irritated for a page or two until I settle back in.

This is one of those books you can just sink into on a Saturday. I just kinda wish I’d saved it for the Read-a-Thon, since it’s one of those rare books that I read nearly straight through.

4 thoughts on “Then it all came tumbling down

  1. This sounds good! I am a fan of multiple viewpoint books, espeically when they are dealing with a scandal/mystery type thing. And wasn't Sharp Objects awesome???? I loved that book. Her second book wasn't as good (they hardly ever are) but still worth checking out.

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