Our Little Secret - Claudia Carroll
Reading Challenge Category: a book by an Irish author
Official Book Blurb:
A sparkling story about what happens when you let someone into your life… but they turn out to want more than you’d bargained for! Sarah Dee has the perfect life. A high-flying job in a law firm, a beautiful daughter and a house to die for. So how does she find herself looking in through the kitchen window while another woman enjoys it all? When Sarah takes pity on a struggling young graduate who can’t get a job, she thinks she’s doing the right thing. She’s being kind, generous and helpful to others, as she always is. But as Sarah allows the younger woman into her home, her law firm and even her family, is there more to this pretty youngster than meets the eye? And could this be a good deed that goes further than expected?
Hmmmm, I usually love Claudia Carroll’s books, but this one I’m afraid wasn’t her best. It took me ages to get into it (hence the long time to read it compared to the pace I had been reading lately!) The typos throughout were just frustrating, and to be honest, an author of her calibre shouldn’t have such errors as surely she should have proper proofreaders and copyeditors before the book goes to print!?! Fortunately, the story did pick up a little as it went on, and I did want to find out what Lauren’s Machiavellian plan was, but even the punchline to this felt a little lacklustre. The same with the court case for the bride suing the hotel for her ruined wedding. The best Carroll could come up with was that she had the bill posted under her door at 5 a.m after a few general wedding day hiccups?? The story just seemed lazy compared to her usual funny writing I was very disappointed! I think the best thing about it was that the book didn’t just end. Usually, you are invested in the characters, and then the ending seems rushed. This doesn’t happen here as the ‘witch’ is defeated, and then there are a few more chapters still following the main characters, so you feel you are getting to know what happens afterwards.