|Nomadic SA Chick||
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Page Count: 460
Fiction Genre: Mystery, Chick-Lit, Thriller, Book Club, Contemporary
Dates Read: May 20-21, 2015
There has been a death in a small Australian beach side community. All the kindergarten mothers seem to be a suspect or a part of something bigger. Who would have thought that PTA could be so competitive and vindictive? Told through the eyes of three mothers, Madeline, Celeste, and Jane at various intervals starting months before the murder to months after the murder.
Madeline is an experienced mother. Her oldest daughter, a child from her first marriage, is a teenager in high school. Her middle child, her first of her second marriage, is well into primary school, and her youngest child is just starting kindergarten this year. Madeline is a stay at home mom who is struggling with her ex-husband and his new, younger wife, and their child who is also starting kindergarten this year.
Celeste is the young wife of a very prosperous and successful business man. Before she married she was a very successful lawyer, but gave it all up for a life of luxury and to be a full-time mom to her twin boys, also starting kindergarten.
Jane is the new girl in town. A very young single mother, with no friends or family in the community, she just wanted a fresh start for her and her son Ziggy. Ziggy will be joining Celeste and Madeline's children in kindergarten. Along the way she discovers something she never thought she'd know.
Through the school year, these three women build a strong friendship while dealing with the tough subject of bullying in schools. But is it just the children who are doing the bullying?
I should start off by stating that I did not select this book because of the synopsis. This is not the typical story I would have picked. Out of all the antonymous titles I looked at, this one looked the most entertaining. However, the thing that really sold me on it was the cover. It's a very simple cover, but there's something about it that is very appeasing to me.
I wasn't sure what to expect with this book. I'm always hesitant about "Chick-Lit", but I was very surprised and pleased with this one. The story was engaging, and the characters were so well developed that I was "in the moment" of the story rather than trying to guess the secrets and what would happen next. That's why the ending shocked the hell out of me.
Moriarty's writing style is brilliant. It pulls you in and you don't want to let go. it's like discovering your sister's diary and you know you're not supposed to be reading it, but you do anyway.
5 out of 5 stars.