Chicklit Club
 

ROBYN HARDING

 

Her Pretty Face (2018)

 

Frances’ son, Marcus, has been accepted into a prestigious school but both mother and son are having trouble fitting in to the new community. Thank goodness for Kate, the mother of the one child who seems to like Marcus. The effortlessly cool Kate, who is married to a lawyer, is also new to the school and much prefers to hang out with Frances than the other mums. But both Frances and Kate are hiding major secrets from their past.
Told from the viewpoints of several characters, this is an absorbing story which I raced through in one night. I am so glad I didn’t read the back cover blurb first though as I later discovered it contained plot information that I preferred discovering as I read. So my advice, don’t look at the blurb, just jump straight into this compulsive read. 8/10


 

The Party (2017)

 

Kim’s daughter, Hannah, is having a sleepover for her 16th birthday party. Before leaving them to it, Kim lays down her rules – no drugs, no alcohol, no boys. But the girls end up breaking every rule and in the middle of the night, Hannah comes to her parents with blood on her hands. There has been an accident and one of the girls, Ronni, has been badly injured. The repercussions from that night affect all concerned, with Ronni’s mother blaming Kim and her husband, Jeff.
Starting with a great inciting incident and unreliable characters, this suburban drama delves into many issues from parental responsibility to popularity and bullying at a private school. I was easily hooked into the story, wanting to know how it would resolve, but was not a fan of the ending. Well worth a read. 7/10


Second Opinion


 

The Secret Desires of a Soccer Mom (2006)

 
Also known as Secrets and Wives
 

Paige Atwell is a bit dissatisfied with her lot - a busy husband, an increasingly hostile daughter and a son obsessed with bodily functions. As Paige tries to spice up her marriage, Aberdeen Mists is rocked by the death of her neighbour Karen, who is found in a pool of blood in her garage. With everyone else assuming it was an accident, Paige suspects foul play, as Karen had just revealed to her that she was having an affair with a Latin lover. Using sleuthing tactics from her favourite TV crime shows, Paige attempts to uncover the truth. 5/10


 

The Journal of Mortifying Moments (2004)

 

Advertising account manager Kerry Spence is unsuccessfully trying to break up with gorgeous boyfriend Sam, who has demoted her to late-night hook-up status. So her therapist gets her to write a journal about past encounters with men to trace her problems with relationships. Starting with a school day kissing game turned sour, through a broken engagement and French-kissing the wrong man, Kerry relives her past romances and humiliating experiences. She's still determined to find her soulmate, which tarot card reader Ramona swears is a man named D, who'll she meet through a work function. Just as long as that doesn't prove to be slimy creative director Dave. 8/10

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