The novel is a study in suburban life for three very different families. Their lives all pivot on an event and nothing is quite the same again. Liane Moriarty has the reader guessing what happened as the action moves backwards and forwards between present day and a BBQ weeks earlier. I kept trying to guess the main event but failed miserably.
Liane Moriarty shows how different people react differently to the same event. They all witness it in a unique way. They are all united by the fact that they all have guilt and regrets from the youngest to the oldest. The novel explores how they all deal with this.