This is a fantastic book which details the life changing events which happen to a family over the course of a day. The characters are all well written and believable and are drawn so warmly that even those who are more flawed evoke sympathy.
The events all happen in a short space of time and in the hands of a lesser writer could easily seem contrived. Here, they seem natural.
It's that rare book in which you are desperate to keep reading to see what happens next not just because of a riveting plot but also because of rounded characters.