This book is a mixed bag to be sure, with the paranormal sitting uneasily with family strife in a collection of short stories dealing with the human condition, and how people react to circumstances they find themselves in and why they do it. There is a strong theme of how different people cope with grief throughout the book, although not in every story.
The "how" people react is obvious in each story, not because it's predictable, but because the storytelling is good and it's obvious a lot of research has gone into the various professions of the protagonists. The "why" is less so, especially in the case of the woman realising a woman she doesn't know is sexting another man. Her actions seem spiteful, and we don't know enough about either woman to know whether her actions arise out of jealousy or what the state of the other woman's marriage is like. There is something missing, a small detail that would make a huge difference to the impact of the tale. The dialogue is good though, and I could almost imagine being in the midst of a baseball game whilst little dramas are being played out all around.
Some of the characters had terrible things happen to them but there didn't seem to be a reason for it. I had to read more than once, hoping to pick up a detail I'd missed that would have tied the story together, but I didn't find it. Maybe that was the point, but I couldn't help feeling that some of the tales just needed one small tweak to round them off.