A Pretty Mess
A Pretty Mess by Carla Caruso
A fun and flirty read
The first in the Astonvale Series, this is a fun read with loveable characters. Having a professional organiser with a hoarder father is brilliant, and I giggle every time I say Celeste Pretty's name.
Her first client is a famous health and fitness guru with something to hide and Celest and Lenny (the seriously sexy builder onsite) team up to investigate. There are plenty of snobs and false friends in the well-heeled suburb of Astonvale, but Celeste manages to remain grounded. It remains to be seen if Celeste will emerge with her heart and professional reputation unscathed.
Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
A witty tale with lively characters
This story centres around a public primary school. Up front you know there has been a murder, but who is the victim? As the multi-faceted lives of members of the kindy community are revealed, skeletons start to poke their heads out of closets, vicious streaks appear, and friendship bonds are formed.
Liane touches on some very serious issues in a compassionate and humorous way. Although I struggled with the stream-of-consciousness style to start with, I am glad I persisted with this dexterous story.
The Rosie Project
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
I can't urge you to read it strongly enough.
This story is a thoroughly enjoyable rip-snorting read. It made me giggle and ponder, and cry at the end. It's a fascinating study of square pegs trying to fit into round holes, and a topic particularly close to my heart, which is the idiosyncrasies, practicalities and depth of those on the autism spectrum.
This story touched me deeply and tickled my funny bone.
“The greatest part of a writer’s time is spent in reading in order to write. A man will turn over half a library to make a book.”