Bantam Books, 2010
My Rating: B-
My Synopsis: Five women, complete strangers meet in an airport restroom when one of them accidentally drops her cell phone in the toilet. They instantly band together to keep everyone out of the restroom until they are able to recover the phone.
About the time they are accomplishing that feat, an airport announcement informs everyone that all flights are being cancelled due to an on-coming storm. The airport is shutting down. Immediately, one of the women dials the hotel she just checked out of and re-books the same two bedroom suite. She invites the other four women to join her. Although each one has strong reservations about staying with strangers, they each decide this is a better choice than spending the next several days on a plastic airport chair.
The first half of this story is a look at each one of the five women. It’s a look at how they, and women in general, get along, communicate, and bond with each other. As the storm raged outside their Florida resort hotel, there were often storms raging between the women inside. Gradually, the women shared various details about their lives until finally the major secrets were spilled. As that happened, the women became united in their support of each other. They became more than friends. They became a real unit.
Nan, Cathy, Patti, Holly, and Margot – “women who fed off of one another and seemed to grow bolder and occasionally stronger when in one another’s company.”
My Opinion: I nearly gave up on this story as it seemed to drag during the first half. Many of the concepts and thoughts were repeated several times. I found the story believable as I recalled a time I was stranded in an airport during a snow storm. Women have a remarkable ability to bond with each other, especially during times of crisis.
The second half of the novel was full of action and, for me, the heart of the story. In the second half we finally had some mystery and some thrilling moments. There were several great surprises. I loved the way the novel ended. If you have a chance to read this book I would suggest skimming the first part of it.
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