A Friend of the Family - Lauren Grodstein

This book is being mismarketed as a suspense novel. Yes, I was drawn into the story from the very first page, and yes, as every other review has stated, the main thing that keeps you reading this book is your desire to find out what the narrator did, but that alone does not make a book a suspense novel. This book is an accurate depiction of suburbia under both the ordinary and extraordinary circumstances one faces when keeping up appearances. I was very impressed with Grodstein's ability to write from a 54 year old man's POV. The book felt like a cross between Tom Perrotta and Philip Roth, but unlike those chroniclers of suburbia, Grodstein fails to come to a higher understanding of humanity in her novel. This is reflected in a rather weak conclusion that left me feeling underwhelmed.