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Always the Last to Know

de Kristan Higgins

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I thoroughly enjoy Higgins's books so I'm happy I've only read a few so far---many more to look forward to. Each character is so well portrayed, chapter by chapter and there really isn't a dull moment as the reader is led, round and round through the ups and downs. I'm also impressed with the details she can bring out about each character's employment skills. ( )
  nyiper | Mar 29, 2021 |
A perfect story highlighting almost all the issues that exist in a family- Secrets hidden, unhappiness, drifting apart, favoritism. And how to manage and overcome all the struggles and loss.

What makes this a brilliant read, is that the story is narrated through the viewpoints of four members of the family; Barb, Juliet, Sadie and John. Thanks to that, we get to know each of the characters better and are able to enjoy their journey through the book as they face their challenges, discover their true hidden selves and come together as a family.

Another wonderful read!
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  Vanessa_Menezes | Mar 17, 2021 |
Family drama is not really my jam. Setting that aside, this particular family drama is overly protracted/repetitive. ( )
  joyblue | Dec 15, 2020 |
When John Frost has a stroke, it opens the door to a lot of messy secrets in the family. Sadie comes home to care for her father while her busy mother and sister mostly go on with their lives, despite the unraveling eating away at their core.
The story is pretty depressing, without the bits of humor I usually find in one of Kristan Higgins' books. No one really comes off well here though I did, to my surprise, end up liking Juliet, the workaholic perfect architect sister, the best of them all. Maybe I could relate to her story most, but I liked how she worked at her relationships with her husband, daughters, and co-workers despite being personally overwhelmed and depressed. I found both Sadie and Barb a bit selfish, maybe for valid reasons, but they were harder to like.
Mostly this is a story about a family in all its various aspects learning to relate and be honest with each other. It's told from various POVs which I think adds to the depths of the story. Another great read from Ms. Higgins. ( )
  N.W.Moors | Nov 24, 2020 |
Author Kristin Higgins has a knack – no, really it’s a finely-honed skill - for making you identify with something about each and every character in her stories, even though these characters are all very different from each other and on the surface seem to be very different from you. I always sit up with surprise and think, “Exactly. I get it. I know just how that feels.” And Always the Last to Know is no exception.

There’s a saying that everything is about location-location-location. Well, the tagline for Always the Last to Know should be communication-communication-communication. And just what can happen when it gets totally messed up all the way around. When the miscommunication starts early and seems to be reinforced and last forever. Preconceived ideas grow until they have a life of their own and you can’t even remember anymore who started it or who is to blame, but it feels like they are set in concrete and can never be changed. When you spend your whole childhood, or your whole married life, or your whole work life, or really just your whole life believing things are a certain way, you are a certain way, a certain type of person and that others have a picture of you that you are positive is accurate – after all, they’ve told you over and over and over that’s how you are, right? – change is hard and maybe never happens at all.

And this is life in the Frost family. They all have their assigned roles and they are sure they’re right because that’s how they’ve always been. But life – messy, messy, life – happens. And happens quickly. What seemed right and destined to be and never-changing is suddenly shaken up.

As is always the case with one of Kristin Higgins’ books, I started out thinking I would read a few chapters and pick it up again later, but soon it was just one more chapter, and then I ended up staying up half the night to finish it. The characters are so complex and likeable/not likeable and I was so drawn into their story. I wanted things to smooth out for them, hoped it wasn’t too late for a fairy tale ending, but there was so much trauma and turmoil and heartache. Could it end?

Always the Last to Know is a marvelous story about mistakes and second chances and opening your eyes to what is really around you. Of course I loved it and highly recommend it. Thanks to Goodreads and Penguin Random House for providing an advance copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. ( )
  GrandmaCootie | Jul 11, 2020 |
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