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You have “Gladys”. The name implies, from a British point of view, a type of “Hyacinth Bucket”, a more-than-middle-aged gossip who has nothing better to do all day than spy on her neighbours and use her findings as a way of pushing herself up, rather unsuccessfully…
Well, this isn’t actually the case. The lady in question is feeling the impending doom of becoming “middle aged”, just short of her fortieth, and has realised that her life has become the same boring routine just rinsed and repeated. Of course, she has always been a bit of a “snoop” and a “gossip”, as she’s actually a journalist, of all things. But, despite her high hopes, she’s never gotten the scoops to bring herself high enough and has ended up in a mediocre job reporting on holiday destinations for a not-so-well-known magazine.
So, in an attempt to remind herself of the thrill days of her late teens, and to bring back the excitement from when she got together with her husband (which happened to be on a “snooping” exercise), she ropes him into helping her check out this suspicious house.
Now this should have been exciting, a laugh a minute! And at times it was actually funny and exciting. But then it got bogged down with all the domestic details. I’ve never been the kind of female who hungers after Laboutin shoes, or anything similar (not being able to wear heals due to my back certainly nips that one in the bud), or the kind who jealously appraises those around her, wanting to have the pert bum of a best friend, or another’s ample bosom, or just simply the perfect body for the perfect clothing. Yet Rachel is bothered with all these details. If you’re happy to read all the glorious details of what it takes to be the perfect wife, down to making a wonderful Valentine’s meal in between bouts of waxing and shaving, and having the perfect outfit to go with it on a shoestring budget, in between all the shenanigans, then this might be for you. Plus, on top of that, all the other “Sex in the City”-style discussions with the best friends (I just realised that some of the scenes of Rachel could have easily been cringe-worthingly seen on such a show), then yes, do give it a go.
Unfortunately, however, it was these “social” and “domestic” scenes that seemed to drag somewhat. We got bogged down in too much detail, with the story taking forever to go anywhere at times. If it weren’t for the fact that I refuse to DNF a book, I might have done it at one of these points. There was a grand moment of breakthrough and an exciting high, where I believed that the story should have ended, and I was then rather surprised and disappointed as it dragged on through another domestic scene, before reaching the actual finale. It’s a bit like any Classical period artist, with all the false endings; if you drag it out too long, the audience just gets bored and falls asleep before its done. Even though the ending was somewhat good, the dragged-out feel just left me feeling “meh” and not really caring for any of it.
I’m not at all heartbroken; I’m just disappointed at the wasted time. The only reason I’m giving it so many stars is that I’m ever generous and that there were moments of excitement inside. Otherwise it would have been thrown straight into rubbish pile with the other disappointments.
In Short: Although not a whodunit, people who enjoy mystery and crime novels that have a dash of romance will like this book. A humorous crime thriller with a wacky plot that shouldn't be taken too seriously.
Pros: There were some very funny scenes in this book. Quite a few actually got good laughs out of me. The humor was one of my favorite things about this book and another is the twists of the story and the edge of your seat suspense of the constant danger the characters get themselves into. The ending was pretty wild. I like the way it all came together and there were some surprises along the way. The characters are well developed and believable. The main character was aggravating me because she was always doing the wrong, stupid, illegal thing instead of just being honest or doing the right thing. I did kind of feel bad for her at times but I also thought she had a cool job and a good life and she should probably be a little more grateful. Definitely very complicated characters and complicated mess they get into. I did like the love story between the husband and wife and I thought it was sweet when they worked as a team.
Cons: I didn't find the characters to be very likable, because unfortunately for the wacky plot to play out, it required them to make terrible choices, which were too stupid not to annoy me. But that's on me, stupid is just my pet peeve so I was being very impatient with their horrible decisions. I felt the main character was hyperaware of the state of her husband's genitals at any given time. She seemed to always be analyzing the poor guy by his member. It unnecessarily made him come across as a pervert and her come across overly judgmental.
Parent's Guide: Contains sex, violence, and drugs.
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They were all interesting people.
The premise of the book is also good, believable plot.