Clementine (who I immediately connected with) is the non-identical triplet to the matched pair of Odette and Olivia. It is not just in appearance that they are different. Clementine is single and applying to veterinary school while the two Os are married, pregnant, and have already followed in their father’s footsteps by becoming doctors. The family dynamic was already very intriguing with this, but then Dad disappeared telling only Olivia how to get in touch and specifying that it should only be for something big like the birth of a grandchild. While the focus is on Clementine and the divergent path she took, it was Dad’s secret that overshadowed everything. Dad’s secret turned out to be not the slightest bit surprising, but I was intrigued by it until the reveal. Overall, Gwendolen Gross created a beautifully described, seemingly realistic look at a family full of overachievers.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Gallery Books.