Connie and Ness met in the park while their children played. As they talked, they realised they were neighbours. Perhaps it was only natural that they and their families would become entirely inseparable.
But when Ness’s marriage ends in a bitter divorce, she is suddenly at Connie’s house all the time. Connie doesn’t have a moment to herself, no time alone with her husband, not a second to chat to her kids. It’s all too much. Something has to give.
My goodness what a novel! I can’t praise this enough. It is utterly absorbing, a real page turner. I had to keep reading, just one more chapter! When Connie wakes up in a psychiatric hospital and doesn’t remember a thing, her therapist has to gradually help unravel the truth. At times shocking, amusing and emotional it is a real character driven study of family, relationships and mental illness, with each chapter teasing out a little more of the story. At times not an easy read but one I just had to complete. When finished it stayed in my memory for a long time. For me, there is no better compliment than that.
Too Close is available from Amazon.
One sunny August afternoon, the residents of Cedar Close throw their annual summer barbecue. Children play in the cherry-tree lined street, tables are laden with food, and the wine is flowing. For Laurie Mills, it’s her first time meeting the neighbours. And it’s the first time she discovers her husband Robert is having an affair.
Cedar Close has always been a nice place to live – a quiet suburban street where everyone looks out for one another and bad things don’t happen. Until late one evening, when Robert Mills is found dead in his bedroom.
An interesting book, with a good plot and great characterisation. The interesting premise in this book is the fact that the police don’t agree on who the suspect is. One detective thinks the obvious suspect committed the murder and is keen to close the case and add it to the list of solved cases. However, the other, Dan Riley, is of a completely different opinion. Is he able to prove that Laurie Mills didn’t kill her husband? Read it and find out!
The Couple on Cedar Close is available from Amazon.
Tamsin and her best friend Michelle have been inseparable since they were teenagers. Even now they spend all their time together, along with Patrick, Michelle’s handsome husband. So when Tamsin hears a rumour that Patrick is having an affair, she is furious.
I enjoyed this different take on chick-lit and found the story by turns amusing and warming. I loved the conversational style of writing, which was easy and page turning. An interesting plot that keeps you guessing.
I received a copy of this novel via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Click the cover to go to Amazon.co.uk.