A Million Reasons Why

St. Martin’s. Mar. 2021. 368p. ISBN 9781250241627. $27.99. F
Caroline’s family has always appeared picture-perfect. A mother of three young children, Caroline has a stable relationship with her husband, Walt; an easy relationship with her parents; and a successful career. But when Walt purchases DNA tests for Caroline’s family for Christmas, everything is upended. Caroline is contacted by a woman, Sela, who is her half-sister. Suddenly, all the secrets that have been swept under the rug to save appearances are aired. Caroline’s father had an affair with his wife’s best friend, Rebecca, 35 years ago; he never knew that Rebecca had a child. Sela, who is the same age as Caroline, is suffering from a kidney disease and urgently needs to match with a living kidney donor. Are the tenuous bonds of their sisterhood enough to save Sela’s life without destroying Caroline’s relationship with her family? As long-held secrets are knocked loose and Caroline and Sela’s relationship deepens, Caroline reckons with the reality of her past and present relationships.
VERDICT Intertwined secrets are revealed in swift plotting that will keep readers turning the pages. This emotional family and medical drama from Strawser (Not That I Could Tell) will appeal to fans of Jodi Picoult and Liane Moriarty.
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