Hi Lovely Readers, my apologies for dropping off the planet. Life continues to kick me in the bum. I must have done something truly awful in a previous life because I am most certainly cursed! I've been trying to make up for whatever I did by being nice to kitties and ramping up my volunteer duties but nothing is working. Anyway I'm sure you've all heard about the current mess over at Goodreads (if you haven't and want to make yourself upset you can read about their latest nonsense here). For now, I will continue to add their buttons but that may change if I find someplace better to catalog my reviews (any suggestions?). I have the majority of my older reviews posted at Goodreads and this deletion without warning has me anxious to rev up my archiving project asap. So here's another oldie but sadly a not so goodie.
*Please note I read this back in 2010 and this review is part of my ongoing archival project.
This story is about a desperate housewife who doesn't seem to fit in. After a surprise invite to the meanest of the "in" mom's home, Kate arrives to find her hostess dead on the floor with a knife poking out of her back. It's time to run, methinks!
Instead Kate decides to spice up her boring life by investigating the murder. This book reads to me like a very dull episode of Desperate Housewives with some flashbacks to the past thrown in for added tedium. I didn't know if I'd finish it because, as the book went on and on, I found myself liking Kate less and less and that's always a problem for me. Her longing for a past almost lover because her current life was so boring wasn't exactly sympathy inducing stuff. Poor, poor Kate. She's married to a guy who works hard to pay for their mini-mansion so Kate can stay home with the kiddies. His worse sin seems to be that he falls asleep before satisfying her sexually. The nerve of the rotten guy!
Another thing that bugged me were the constant jabs at healthy eating and the people who promote it, as if it's a snobbish thing to eat veggies, fruit and nuts. Note to Kate (because I'm certain she cares what I think): it's actually cheaper to eat the good healthy stuff in the long run and the short run if you know how to shop and can be bothered to learn how to cook instead of nosing into police work and lusting after some dude who is not your husband! All of that packaged junk is expensive. Kate thinks it's funny to stuff her kids with Cheetos and sugared crap while making fun of the "organic crowd" This bugged me more than a little. The constant jabs and junk food binges (because she couldn't stand the sound of her kids whining) made Kate appear like a thoughtless, disorganized person. We're all busy people but how hard it is to stuff an apple in your bag before you leave for the park? If your brats get hungry enough they'll eat it.
This book was obviously not meant for me but them's is the breaks when you grab a book randomly off the tbr pile. If you're a fan of this sort of thing and aren't annoyed by this type of flaky heroine give it a read and let me know what you thought.