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Having recently read an ARC of Hein’s upcoming “How to Climb the Eiffel Tower”, coming Oct 1, 2014 (a must 5 star read, highly recommend), I fell in love with the author’s razor sharp wit, and immediately purchased OVERLOOK.
In the fictitious town of Magnuson, NC in the seventies—Overlook is a lakeside pristine upper end three-hundred home community, a country club setting of swim, tennis, golf, boating with a mixture of families—busy wives and mothers, gossip, nosy maids, homemakers, career women, gardening, clubs, runners, cyclists, swimmers, joggers, young children and teens, cheating husbands, food binges, Lily Pulitzer dresses, Krispy Kreme donuts, fried chicken, bake sales, wine drinkers, cocktails, drugs, PTA, real estate agents, mistresses, and those nearing empty nester status. (The Overlook moms are otherwise known as The Lookers if you are a part of Stacia’s inter-circle).
Of course, behind every southern upper crust family, there is greed, backstabbing, betrayal, jealousy, revenge, infidelity, drugs, cover up, disloyalty, hate, and hypocrisy.
Kitty, age 43, is married to Seth, VP of a Golf company (a marriage out of a pregnancy years ago), basically going through the motions. Mother of two, Bobby and Becky, and a busy homemaker (later in the book a career mom) and a cool sister, Rose.
Seth has never been faithful; however, Kitty has looked the other way, doing her own thing, until she finds herself with STD (gonorrhea). It does not take long for this small community of women to spread the word of this nasty little development. (Loved “hope your pecker falls off” and "it's kinda like screwing a skeleton").
Her friend Stacia Tate, influential Tate family (inter-racial) married to the real estate developer (Curran Construction) for the prestigious community, has a thumb on everything and everyone in Overlook. After all, it was her family who developed this oasis which is now Overlook.
Partners in crime, these two tackle all the challenges of motherhood and their wifely duties, while keeping one step ahead of the gossip. A comic Southern novel about all the important things in life: marriage and divorce, friendship and betrayal, and small-town secrets.
Full of laughs, with true-to-life characters, and hilarious one liners which will keep you laughing out loud as these southern belles find themselves in all sorts of mischief.
Hein reminds me of a cross between sassy Southern writer, Mary Kay Andrews, Susan Rebecca White, Emily Giffin,and sarcastic and witty, Jennifer Weiner.
OVERLOOK is an engaging and scandalous comedy-drama chick-lit, filled with humor and sass, and a juicy sequel ESCAPE PLAN, coming (Fall, 2014), after the surprise and shocking ending.
How far will these women go to protect those she loves? Looking forward to catching up with these savvy southern mysterious and desperate housewives of Overlook.
The main theme in both is gossip and its effects. There is the PTA, with its plethora of cupcakes and pastries, baked by mid-life supermoms that exhibit Jane Fonda fitness, all under the rule of Stacia. She doles out responsibilities to whom she deems fit among the upper class wives of Overlook, the three hundred family development she and her husband, Weldon, created. She sees Overlook and the goings on within the lakeside development both as her business and her privileged right.
Besides Harper Valley, think of a mixture of Peyton Place and Desperate Housewives, although, I’ve never actually seen Desperate Housewives. Still there are many back stories, as well as back stabbings going on, all centering on two families, Stacia’s, and Kitty’s. The book opens with Kitty finding out she has contracted gonorrhea from her husband, Seth, who has never been faithful. Their marriage, happening out of an accidental pregnancy, has been a ruse and mere facade from the beginning, as are most of the lives in Overlook, if the gossip, which takes on a life of its own, is to be believed. Like most gossip, though, much is exaggerated. But, like most small towns when push comes to shove and someone is in dire need, blood, in this case neighborhood blood, is thicker than the water of Tate Lake, the lake Overlook is built next to.
The ending, unexpected, comes when Kitty breaks out of her Stepford Wife role, perhaps karmic. As with most karma, a sequel begins to rise, in this case from the depths of Lake Tate.
But although the novel could lend itself to clichéd and stereotyped characters, the author does a great job of giving the women depth, and we get to see their true natures, natures they have hidden even from themselves, because they're so caught up in maintaining the perfect appearance.
The novel has a low-grade simmering of suspense in that the author planted just enough foreshadowing that I knew something unexpected was going to happen; I just didn't know what. And I was not disappointed.
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