Digital Reads Reviews

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A difficult book to classify. It was set in 2043 reflecting all that happened in 2027 using newspaper clippings and interviews, and maps.

Maple Street had its own internal politics where one family who was different from them was slowly shunned. A sinkhole that opened on the 4th of July street barbecue caused an accident of a child subsequently which led to dangerous repercussions. Mob mentality started emerging followed my their craving for blood.

My first book by author Sarah Langon, written in a narrative style, it took me time to get the grasp of the story and the characters. Slowly the picture became clearer as the masks were unclipped.

Children got embroiled and used—the poor darlings had better ethics than parents—but they were shushed in support of the Queen Bee of the street, Rhea Schroeder and her agenda against the Wilde family.

The book shocked me, but having seen mob mentality at close quarters—I was stuck in riots right in the middle and was sure I would be killed as men with knifes and sticks were across the street—I understood how easily sane people could do insane things.

The book was brilliant in its concept as it showed how a small spark of rumor and discrimination could lead to something so much darker and unpredictable. Humanity at its worst.

Secrets and twists with an underlying suspense building in all its corners, it gripped me and held me quite enthralled sometimes with revulsion, other times in pain. But always with an intense need to know what came next.


Rating: 4 out of 5.


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Welcome to Maple Street, a picture-perfect slice of suburban Long Island, its residents bound by their children, their work, and their illusion of safety in a rapidly changing world.

But when the Wilde family moves in, they trigger their neighbours’ worst fears. Arlo and Gertie and their weird kids don’t fit with the ways Maple Street sees itself.

As tensions mount, a sinkhole opens in a nearby park, and neighbourhood Queen Bee Rhea’s daughter Shelly falls inside. The search for Shelly brings a shocking accusation against the Wildes. Suddenly, it is one mom’s word against the others in a court of public opinion that can end only in blood.


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I downloaded the digital version of the book from an online retail, and this is my journey down its pages, straight from the heart. STRICTLY HONEST and UNBIASED.

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3 Responses

  1. I love getting caught up in a book like that – excellent reviewing. I had no idea you had been trapped in a riot – how frightening!

  2. Mob mentality is scary. People getting carried along. I witnessed a protest parade in Uruguay that was quite friendly, everyone having a good time. Then I saw another in Argentina that appeared similar at first but rapidly changed with beer bottles transformed into weapons.

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