The plot involving the mad nanny really needs to be put to sleep now, on a permanent basis – it’s very 1980s and very dull. And actually, I have no idea why it appears as such a main item in this book as it doesn’t need it – I had the feeling that Moriarty was trying too hard to jazz the chick lit genre up a little, but adding a (boring) thriller element to it just isn’t the answer.
It was also strange that all the characters are dull, flat and whine a lot up until p242 (in my paperback copy) when something exciting and funny happens, hurrah! The scene here with new friend Poppy telling the gals how honest she’s been with her new man is hysterical and very satisfying indeed – why can’t Poppy be the main character? That would be a wonderful read for sure!
Anyway, after the marvellous page 242, it was as if the author suddenly woke up and starting giving us a decent story – well apart from the crazed nanny thing (yawn) and our super-shallow irritating heroine. More than that, the minor characters start to feel real for the first time and I even began to fall in love with the ‘in your face’ sister Babs, from a position of absolutely hating her at the beginning! Now, give me a novel with Poppy and Babs in and I’m definitely buying it …
So, something of a mishmash but with some good characters in secondary roles, once the author got round to writing them.
5 out of 10.