Hi everyone, Maggie the guinea pig here. Excuse me while I just get a little cosier under my blanket…. there we go. You don’t have a piece of carrot, do you?
Today is the first in a new series here on my mum’s blog, Maggie Reviews. You see, when Mum watches TV or film, or reads a book, I can often be found on her lap. Which means I’m reading or watching along too. So I may as well review things just as much as Mum does!
We just finished this rollercoaster of a thriller, The Sudden Departure of the Frasers by Louise Candlish. Christy and her husband have begged, borrowed and scraped together the money to buy their dream home on Lime Park Road. The last owners, the Frasers, moved out overnight and sold the house at knockdown value, having only lived in the house for a year and having refurbished it throughout.
Although they didn’t live there for long, the Frasers made their mark on the residents of the street. Amber Fraser, a strikingly beautiful woman in her mid thirties, was adored by them all as a perfect hostess and neighbour. Now Amber has disappeared, Christy becomes obsessed with discovering why the neighbours are avoiding her, why they seem to hate her new next door neighbour Rob, and why the elderly Felicity is moving out…
The story alternates between accounts of the present by Christy, and Amber’s flashbacks over the year she lived in Lime Park Road. She’d only lived there for two days before she stepped towards the unthinkable and is set upon the path that lead her and her husband to sell up and run away. It didn’t take me and Mum long to decide that she is a deeply selfish and deceitful woman, which rankles as the whole street fawn over her!
It feels as though you’re with Christy every step of the way, desperate to glean some information, anything that will explain where Amber vanished to and why. However, as the novel hurtles towards its nail-biting end, we felt that Christy’s story was thrown under a bus in order to make way for Amber’s. While Amber’s mystery was neatly solved, Christy’s life was left with many questions unanswered, and as we’d grown to like Christy so much, that left a bittersweet taste in our mouths.
We decided to give this book a four out of five rating. Highly recommended if you enjoy suspense!
I hope you enjoyed the first Maggie Reviews post. I’m also going to be doing a Q & A post soon, so please do leave any questions you may have for me in the comments below! Bring some carrot though for next time, please?