CHARGE What was the author trying to say?): To explore whether life gives second chances.
FACTS: Three women are trapped by the consequences of their choices. A promising Michelin-starred chef, a TV anchor, and a young girl come together in the Arizona desert. Drawn together by blood, yet straining for more – can they change what appears to be their destiny? Do they want to? This is an easy read, but rather predictable. It makes good entertainment without making intellectual demands.
VERDICT (Was the author successful?): Guilty, as charged, but light fare.