“A marriage is hard work and sometimes it’s a bit of a bore. It’s like housework. It’s never finished. You’ve just got to grit your teeth and keep working away at it, day after day.”
This is my last Moriarty book (that is until she writes more) and sadly my least favorite one. It even topped Truly Madly Guilty (which I rated 3.25) all the rest of her works I absolutely love.
I am pretty sure that this is her debut novel, so I didn't want to be too critical of her writing, but this book just didn't do anything for me. Normally her books make me laugh out loud, or gasp with surprise, but not in this case. Not a single laugh, the whole reading experience was kind of meh.
“You can still bake a perfectly good cake while losing your mind.”
The whole plot of the book makes completely no sense. I mean it's not convoluted or anything, it's just very unbelievable, and quite frankly - boring. First of all I never understood why they suddenly decided to threat Sophie as family, or why she was the center of attention at all. She was only means for other plot line as far as I can tell. She was enjoyable character to read, at times. At other times she was just a desperate 40 year old who needed to get laid asap. Funny, but also kind of annoying.
I think I only truly cared about Grace, and Margie as well, but her character could have used a bit more page time. Grace was hard to read, but oh so important. Grace was the reason why I love Moriarty's books - she was truthful, she had many flaws and she was battling a very hard battle and nobody else really noticed, until it was too late.
"Baby Munro Mystery" - a big shocker, so interesting, need to solve it! NOT. I did guess the twist, well I got the wrong woman, but I pretty much guessed it. It makes no sense, but those who read the book will understand.
There was a very funny "coming out" plot line which I enjoyed a lot. But I could also tell that the book was older (written in 2005) because it contained a lot of prejudiced opinions which I didn't care for at all.
The last "shocking revelation" was indeed shocking, but since it was literally revealed in the last page it felt more as an afterthought, than an actual plot twist. "The Munro Baby" plot twist wasn't enough, so I feel like that other twist was just thrown in the end, and it really shows.
This is a book that can definitely be skipped, but if you are like me, and would like to read all of the books from an author I'd say don't keep it to be the last one you read. Read Big Little Lies or What Alice Forgot - those are much better, they pack a good punch and they are also quite hilarious.
The only reason I can think to read this book would be for relationships in this big, dysfunctional family - the "mystery" part of it is a total crap.
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