This intriguing story dives into the complex relationships inside the Lee family after the death of 16 year old Lydia. Set in the 1970s the Lee's are unique in their small town because Marilyn, the wife, is American and James, the husband is Chinese. James has a quiet inferiority complex and Marilyn is unhappy she did not pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. They have three children but the parents pin their own hopes and dreams on their middle child Lydia. Marilyn pushes her daily to succeed academically where James is more concerned that she is fitting in socially. Hannah their youngest is practically invisible while Nath the oldest struggles to protect Lydia while simultaneously being envious of the attention Lydia receives. Lydia's death is not as straight forward as it first seems and the author takes you to the very end of the book before the full picture is realized. This book is not quite a mystery but the complexity of the characters and the storytelling will draw you in until the very end.