Genre: Fiction—Black Comedy
Completed: 31 March 2015
Summary & Review:
Jane and her son Ziggy move to the idyllic Piriwee Peninsula for a fresh start. After years of closing herself off due to the sexual assault that resulted in her son’s conception, Jane is slowly beginning to live again—finding new friends, moving to a new location, and maybe even encountering a new romantic interest. Her friends Madeline and Celeste take her under her wing and welcome her to the town. However, after Ziggy is accused of bullying a classmate at the local school, tensions run high among the parents and when everything finally comes to a head at the alcohol fueled parents' night fund-raiser, secrets are exposed, fights are had, and someone winds up dead.
Paige read this book as part of her online book club that she and a friend host. She really enjoyed it and flew through the pages. That was good enough recommendation for me, so I picked it up. This is definitely a woman’s book, but, it was a really enjoyable woman’s book. It was filled with the drama and fashion and relationships and squabbles that seem to appeal to modern women, but it was interesting enough to hold my attention. The writing was light and brisk, taking a very lighthearted hand at some serious subjects, such as domestic abuse and sexual assault. That was a nice way to address those issues without coming off sanctimonious or just plain boring the reader. It was good enough that I wouldn’t mind reading something else by the author.