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The End of Cuthbert Close Paperback – 23 Mar 2020
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About the Author
Cassie Hamer has a professional background in journalism and PR, but now much prefers the world of fiction over fact. In 2015, she completed a Masters in Creative Writing, and has since achieved success in numerous short story competitions. Her debut novel, After the Party, was published in 2019. Cassie lives in Sydney with her terrific husband, three mostly terrific daughters, and a labradoodle, Charlie, who is the newest and least demanding addition to the family. In between making school lunches and walking the dog, Cassie is also working on her next novel, but she always has time to connect (or procrastinate) with other passionate readers via her website – CassieHamer.com – or through social media.
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Things start going wrong in Cuthbert Close: Beth is worried about her husband Max, Cara and her daughter Poppy are concerned about the future and Alex is finding it ever more challenging to juggle her responsibilities as the mother of twins with being a corporate lawyer.
‘Yesterday, I held a funeral for a guinea pig. I will not judge you.’
Beth, Cara and Alex establish a new business, but someone seems determined to sabotage them. Alex is offered her dream position, but there are domestic issues to consider. Beth is worried about her marriage, and Cara has parental expectations to meet (or avoid).
What does the future hold for these women in Cuthbert Close?
Contemporary issues (with an occasional twist) in middle class suburbia: issues that many of Ms Hamer’s readers will be able to relate to. I enjoyed this novel, the relationships between the main characters and the challenges they were trying to meet. There’s a wry humour in the storytelling which I really enjoyed.
‘The past is who we are, for better or worse.’
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin HQ Fiction for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book
for review purposes.
Cuthbert Close is a typical middle class street that could be anywhere in Australia. It tells the story of a close knit community, in particular three women and their families. Cara, Beth and Alex are so different and yet such great friends. they would do anything for each other. Their friendship is tight...and then Charlie Devine and her teenage daughter move in to the street. She is not like them - she is glamourous and the wife of a famous online health blogger. She threatens to disturb their lives, but in a good or bad way?
It is a story of friendships and bonds, family and money struggles, motherhood and being working women in this day and age. It was a very relatable storyline for me, and I felt connected to these women in many ways. It would be lovely to live in a place like this where everybody looks out for each other. It is funny and emotional and I thoroughly enjoyed.
Thanks to Harlequin Australia and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.
What follows is great - there is a missing hamster, a suspected food poisoning, a suspected betrayal, missed opportunities, threats of eviction, parenting issues, jealousy....I could go on, but won't for fear of any spoilers!
This is the first book of Cassie Hamer's that I have read and I felt totally committed to this book, as I just had to keep turning those pages to find out what was happening with everyone at Cuthbert Close. The author did a wonderful job of drawing you in to the plot and the characters were fantastic - you could definitely relate to them and the situations they found themselves in - I'm sure we all know people like Beth, Alex & Cara!
I definitely believe it would make a great movie - hello - any producers & directors out there???