I follow the author Fiona Gibson on Twitter – and she happened to tweet to say this book was on special on Amazon, so being a sucker for social media ad type stuff, I went to buy it! Here’s the Amazon blurb:
“After sixteen years of marriage, Nate and Sinead Turner have a nice life. They like their jobs, they like their house and they love their son Flynn. Yes, it’s a very nice life.
Or, at least Nate thinks so. Until, one morning, he wakes to find Sinead gone and a note lying on the kitchen table listing all the things he does wrong or doesn’t do at all.
Nate needs to show Sinead he can be a better husband – fast. But as he works through Sinead’s list, his life changes in unexpected ways. And he starts to wonder whether he wants them to go back to normal after all. Could there be more to life than nice?”
The book has chapters written by different characters – initially Sinead and Nate – but later on in the book by a new character who is introduced – Tanzie. I liked the way it was told by different people – and their differing views of the same scenes.
I found Sinead incredibly annoying and judgemental – and not a very nice wife, mother, or friend. She was incredibly self centred and frustrating. If you’re not happy with something then say something – don’t expect the other person to be psychic – and don’t just flounce off without giving them an option to respond.
Nate was a wet lettuce and needed a good slap, and to just be a bit more motivated to do stuff.
Their son Flynn was a typical teenager, and whilst his cerebral palsy was referenced – it didn’t really affect him as a character. The teenage interactions (and specifically oreos and such like for breakfast) definitely rang true.
I liked Tanzie the most – but definitely best of a bad bunch!
A friend has just FINALLY passed her driving test – and so I quite enjoyed that element of the storyline because it’s something that’s been on my radar recently.
The book was an easy read – and I did want to know what happened – but it’s not going to win any prizes. It’s nothing taxing – so if you fancy something like that, then it’s fine – but having just read some amazing books, it all felt a bit flat and done before. I’m just glad I didn’t pay full price for it!