At first this gave me Desperate Housewives vibes but without the humor which then gave me Big Little Lies vibes either way, there s a neighborhood full of mothers daughters wives that all interconnect in some way or another and boy do they ALL have secrets Good lawd, did I need a chart of some kind to keep up with all of them.I didn t feel like there was one particular plot line it did center around one particular thing but ultimately it felt like a glimpse inside a community and the drama that happens behind closed doors The intricacies of marriage, mother daughter relationships and how the secrets of the past always come to slap you in the face in the future.I wish I had connected better with this book There were certain aspects that had me befuddled and going WHAT no, no, that just doesn t even make sense To the point where I had to reach out to a fellow Bookstagrammer to discuss Then I remind myself, this is a work of fiction suspend some reality woman I can easily do this but sometimes it s just not quite as easy as others.For me, I think there was just too much going on all at once All the women are struggling All the men are assholes However, I also couldn t stop reading this either It s like one of those Lifetime movies that are guilty pleasures Twisty, lots of drama and you find yourself yelling at all the characters.Thanks to saltwaterreads for holding the readalong 3 Cora and her husband host a birthday party for their two year old twins, and things go downhill quickly afterwards Cora discovers a journal of her neighbor s daughter that reveals a secret Soon after, the neighbor s daughter goes missing As one weekend s events unravel, the lives of multiple families are changed The story opens with a birthday party for toddlers, where Cora has invited family and friends to celebrate her young children The guests include Cora s mother Sarah, her friend Jade, and her neighbor Laurel Each of these women has something going on in her life that they haven t been able to discuss with anyone else Central to the story is Cora, a married mom of toddler twins She lost her sister, Maggie, in a tragic accident years earlier, and still has trouble dealing with that loss The loss of Maggie also greatly affected her mother, Sarah, and friend, Jade The current emotions and actions of these women can be traced back to the night they lost a loved one This book uses multiple points of view from Cora, Sarah, Jade, and Laurel to tell the story This book is part women s fiction and part suspense Some of the issues the women are dealing with are very real, as is the feeling of having no one to talk to about those issues One of the things I liked about this book was the women s desire to protect their children, and how most of their actions are related to the fact that they are mothers We Were Mothers is a fitting title for the book.The suspense part of the story comes from Laurel s missing daughter There are, of course, other events going on, but it seems one missing college student starts the unraveling process Some of the topics throughout the book deal with motherhood, domestic abuse, and adultery A good read for fans of family drama and suspense This book does have a bit of a slow start, and I wasn t completely satisfied with the ending, but it was still a good, light read This was my pick for s First Reads in September 2018. A Brilliant, Twisty Novel About A Missing Woman, An Unfaithful Husband, And The Dark Secrets That Will Destroy Two Perfect FamiliesA Scandalous Revelation Is About To Devastate A Picturesque Town Where The Houses Are Immaculate And The Neighborhoods Are Tightly Knit Devoted Mother Cora O Connell Has Found The Journal Of Her Friend Laurel S Daughter A Beautiful College Student Who Lives Next Door Revealing An Illicit Encounter Hours Later, Laurel Makes A Shattering Discovery Of Her Own Her Daughter Has Vanished Without A Trace Over The Course Of One Weekend, The Crises Of Two Close Families Are About To Trigger A Chain Reaction That Will Expose A Far Disturbing Web Of Secrets Now Everything Is At Stake As They Re Forced To Confront The Lies They Have Told In Order To Survive 2.5 do you love a soap opera story starsMy reviews can be seen here Wasn t that what mothers were there for You could rail against them, you could blame them, and you could hate them, but you still needed their love the way you needed water Today I have a review for the book We Were Mothers I have to say that being a mother of four plus this gorgeous cover are what attracted me to this book by Katie Sise It was a different type of book for me as I am not often attracted to the soap opera type of read.There was much going in this upscale neighborhood of Ravenwood that housed secrets than the CIA Behind those beautiful closed doors and homes were secrets, buried intentions, and concealed feelings.This story is told from four multiple points of view One of the ladies of the community was Cora, mother to twins You probably have meet her type, the type who hovers over her children and who would not let a non organic product pass her children s lips Sarah, was Cora s mother Her husband left her for a much younger woman, and to add to the tragedy of her life, her daughter, Maggie, died in a tragic car accident at age twenty two There was also Jade, who was Maggie s best friend, and later married Jeremy, a man who survived the horrific car accident that killed Maggie Jeremy was handsome, a Matt Damon look alike, but full of himself possessing the personality of a rat Then there was Laurel, married to a surgeon but who has a very disturbing relationship with him Also presented are the Laurel s daughters who add their fair share of drama to the story.All in all the men in this story were rubbish, and the women bore the lives that had been given them each bearing secrets that they knew plus those that they thought they knew Lots of twists happening within this story which kept the telling pretty quick and moving forward.What didn t work in this book was that there was just too much going on It was like a witch s brew where stuff was thrown together in the hopes that something magical would arise It was a soap opera in words The angst and the drama were on overload and the implausibility levels were high Many times I had to say the word really , that is how implausible some circumstances were It was just too much All in all this was not a bad read, just a mediocre one Recommended to those who like the soap opera in their stories, or to those who like a quick bit of fluffy reading., and let s face it at times we all need a bit of fluff in our reading at times.Thank you to Katie Sise, Litte A, and NetGalley for a copy of this book. SO MANY SECRETS A brilliant, twisty novel about a missing woman, an unfaithful husband, and the dark secrets that will destroy two perfect families To be honest I was expecting another suspense novel that would keep my interest, throw a few twists in and leave me forgetting it days later This is definitely not the case with We Were Mothers.The story is complex and layered It s a story about relationships, secrets, love and loss The timeline of this story is actually quite short Sure, there is history to the characters but a whole heck of a lot happens over a weekend I must admit it took me awhile to get all the characters straight Once I did, the story picked up some pace and I was 100% invested I m looking forward to discussing this with saltwaterreads on November 4th I recommend suggesting this to your book clubs It will make for a great discussion. Desperately tries to be Big Little Lies and fails Awful characters, terrible plot and lousy writing. A fascinating account of what it means to be a mother It is a revelation of information about livingThis is a highly charged book with a pull for the reader Once begun, it is impossible to stop in a small town, the secrets that we keep and sacrifices we must make.Easy to read, well written, emotional and self revelatory.Cora lived in a perfect neighborhood The residents card for their properties and the houses immaculate One day she reads an entry in a journal belonging to her best friend s daughter and her life is changed forever Was she meant to have found and read it The revelations become a ducking vortex, destroying everyone involved.Claire s daughter has disappeared Gone without any trace.These events occur over one weekend but threaten to destroy the carefully balanced house of cards that is their secrets Secrets which have been hidden for yearsThey are forced to confront the secrets they have taken such care to hide But who will be sacrificed One may find oneself looking back as the book progresses.An incredible story of relationships, lies and deceit.Extremely well written Easy to read and well researched Characters are intuitively created by the author to be authentic Finally, an educational look at what happens when we practice to deceive.Highly recommended and a MUST READ I struggled this month to choose my free prime book because there seemed to be several good prospects I m slightly kicking myself that I went for We Were Mothers as I found it very ordinary and a bit disappointing The opening pace was SO slow that I really found myself checking other reviews to see if there was any prospect of it picking up I would say I was over a third of the way through before it became even slightly interesting I m not a fan of multi narrative stories at the best of times, even less so when the author doesn t give each character their own voice or point of view so I m left thinking Which one is this again far too often The first third takes place at a birthday party in a nice suburban setting where a group of couples are celebrating the second birthday of the twins of one couple That third is just an information overload like an overly long Here s what happened in the last episode at the beginning of a sequel All you really need to know at that point is that a lot of the characters are linked by the death of a girl called Maggie, six years earlier and what you ll soon learn is that none of the people playing happy families are as happy as they d like you to think.Once the book gets going though, it flies along with head spinning pace that s completely out of time with the plod plod of the opening The women are all saps, the men are all bastards at least that seems to be what it all comes down to Not so much We Were Mothers as We let Motherhood get in the way of common sense and self preservation Do I believe one small group could ever blow up in such a major way in just a few days No, it s all a bit too hard to swallow really But fiction doesn t need to be believeable, does it We Were Mothers by Katie Sise is really of a domestic drama than anything It s one of those that I like to think of as popcorn books that you grab your popcorn and sit back and watch the drama unfold before your eyes as you read This one really did deliver on the promised twists but a few of those may need to suspend disbelief a bit.The story is told from the point of view of Cora, Sarah, Jade and Laurel Cora is the young mother to two year old twins who finds her husband has cheated with the babysitter and Sarah is Cora s mother Jade is a good friend of the family who is considering adoption and Laurel is the mother of the teen that babysat for Cora s family.What we have in the book is different ways different generations handle things, struggles with life and love, abuse, lies and deception or dealing with loss among many other things It s a bit like reading a daytime soap opera but if you love a juicy drama then this one will probably be for you.I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley.For reviews please visit 1.5 STARSLately I ve done a terrible job choosing free Prime First Reads from My enjoyment of WE WERE MOTHERS was one star, but I think Katie Sise s novel is better than my enjoyment of it.Told from multiple points of view WE WERE MOTHERS is full of characters I didn t care about, heavy on plot of cheating and lies and slow to grab interest The writing isn t terrible, but never pulled me in None of the characters felt unique Sise did include twists and turns, some felt stilted, as if they were added for shock value The ending wasn t satisfying Check out some positive reviews Judging from reviews WE WERE MOTHERS was well received by many readers unless Sise has many friends and family Here s to better choices for October.