A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY
Adler portrays the tensions between a mother and her teenage daughter very well. Her characters are believable, and Caroline, a single mother, is particularly sympathetic. The vivid descriptions of the setting and interesting glimpse into Caroline’s restaurant business make the story entertaining. Unfortunately, the pace of the novel is a bit too leisurely, causing the suspenseful portion of the story to sag.
Caroline Evans leaves her cheating husband and moves, along with her teenage daughter, to the English countryside. After some adjustment, she finds work as a chef and her daughter settles into a boarding school for girls. Just when things seem to be settling down, Caroline’s ex-husband James shows up unexpectedly, then vanishes. She begins looking into his involvement in the financial world and learns her ex was involved in far more than infidelity. (ST. MARTIN’S, Jun.,384 pp., $25.99)