The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson (HarperCollins, 2016)
For a novel I picked up randomly off the new books shelf at the library this was surprisingly good. The characters feel very real, events keep the reader guessing, and the ending is a surprise. The main character is a female lawyer in her thirties who had a very tough childhood, wandering the American South with a mother who was in and out of jail. The author’s descriptions of life in foster homes and group care are sometimes hard to read, but very important to the plot. The protagonist’s private eye boyfriend is also still working to overcome some serious problems. In some ways this is a mystery novel, the kind where the characters play detective and eventually solve the mystery, but the event they are researching is not a murder. On the cover Sara Gruen is quoted saying “I loved this book and you will also” and she was right.