First of all, this is the first ‘proper’ review I’ve ever done. I’m a huge reader but not much of a reviewer. I don’t know why to be honest, but lately I’ve decided to change that. So bare with me, I’m VERY new at this!
This book wasn’t what I expected at all. I didn’t really know what to think when I started it, I went to it without much knowledge on the book or the author. I’ve never read a book by Shalini Boland before, but I certainly will again after this one.
It started off with a stressed out mum coming home to loud music coming from their garage where she finds her husband has killed himself in their car. I personally found it infuriating that it took the wife so long to figure out what was going on.
So fast forward several years later and we meet another stressed out mum (maybe I’m finding them to be stressed out mums because that’s what I am lol) called Tia, who’s picking her kids up from school and her 5 year old daughter suddenly acting all timid and scared of her mum. At this point I was thinking it’s going to be a book where they think the parent is hurting the kid or something and she’s going to spend the book proving to the school that she’s actually a good mum and there’s something else going on, but I was very wrong, it wasn’t anything like that.
Three friends who have known each other since school, with very different lives, very different personalities and personal situations in their lives. An unspoken, shared terrible experience back in school had bonded them together.
Each of these women are being tormented by someone, but they don’t know who. What they needed to do was come together and confide in each other, but instead they each worried about their situations and tried to confront these issues individually, each thinking they were the only ones with something terrible going on.
Kelly is the Widower, a mother of two young boys, who would give you the shirt off her back. Too kind and trusting, which can get her into trouble.
Fiona is the cold and stiff successful, stuck up career woman, or so you’re meant to believe. She’s actually a very warm hearted and scared woman.
And of course there’s Tia who’s mum to 5 year old Rosie and little Leo. Happily married to the perfect man.
It turned out to be a fantastic story with twists and turns with the ending tying in to the beginning. However it does get annoying sometimes how ‘stupid’ the characters can be. I’d certainly not go and meet someone at 11pm at night from an unknown number when I’m already being tormented.
I would definitely recommend this book and I look forward to reading more from this author.