My Rating ~ Four Stars
RELEASE DATE: 23 March 2019
Publisher: Harlequin Fiction HQ
Food stylist Cara, corporate lawyer Alex and stay-at-home mum Beth couldn’t be more different. If it wasn’t for the fact they live next door to each other in Cuthbert Close, they’d never have met and bonded over Bundt cake. The Close is an oasis of calm and kindness. The kind of street where kids play cricket together and neighbours pitch in each year for an end of summer party.
But no one’s told Charlie Devine, glamorous wife of online lifestyle guru, The Primal Guy. When she roars straight into the party with her huge removal truck and her teenage daughter with no care or regard for decades-old tradition, the guacamole really hits the fan.
Cara thinks the family just needs time to get used to the village-like atmosphere. Beth wants to give them home cooked meals to help them settle in. Alex, says it’s an act of war. But which one of them is right? Dead guinea pigs, cruelly discarded quiches, missing jewellery, commercial sabotage and errant husbands are just the beginning of a train of disturbing and rapidly escalating events that lead to a shocking climax.
When the truth comes out, will it be the end of Cuthbert Close?
Thank you so much to Harlequin Fiction HQ for providing me with a copy of the End of Cuthbert Close, in exchange for an honest review!
Cara, Alex and Beth are neighbours and close friends, because Cuthbert Close is that type of street. They look out for each other, and each other’s families. When a new family moves in during their street party, they are ready to welcome them – but it seems new neighbour Charlie is not at all interested in being welcomed, no matter how much her daughter Talia would like to join in the friendship of Cuthbert Close. As the ladies help each other through one disaster after another, it seems Charlie its determined to make things worse.
Although I guessed the twist in this story, it was so much fun! I must admit, from the description I thought it would be quite a fluffy ‘gossipy mum’s’ type story, but it was so much more than that. Aside from the tense mystery and laugh out loud situations they sometimes found themselves in, at times it was really thought provoking, with regard to the issues that we face as a modern society – juggling work and families, grief, and financial hardship. If you’re a mother yourself, you might find yourself identifying with one of these women more than you’d like 😅 I certainly identified with Alex’s struggle balancing her job and family, and the guilt she felt over not being able to give 100% to either. Although I work from home at my business, and she worked out of the home, I really understood how she felt.
An engaging read with relatable and interesting characters, I’d recommend this one if you enjoy chic lit with a mystery background!
This was the second book I’ve read from Cassie Hamer and I’m looking forward to seeing more from her!
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