Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Recently Read - Cuckoo

In the past I have written book reviews and also on another post I explained what my reviews will be like - more of an explanation of a book so you have an idea and a choice if you're interested. As a writer, I'm not interested in being a critic. So with that in mind, I'm changing the titles of these posts to Recently Read, rather than Book Reviews. I hope that you understand the subtle change and maybe go on to enjoy some of the books I've read.

Today's Recently Read book is Cuckoo by the very Lovely Julia Crouch.


Rose has it all - the gorgeous children, the husband, the beautiful home. But then her best friend Polly comes to stay. Very soon, Rose's cosy world starts to fall apart at the seams - her baby falls dangerously ill & her husband is distracted. It appears that once you invite Polly into your home, it's very difficult to get her out again.


The story starts out with a sweet family with a strong bond following a difficult first year. When an old friend asks for help after her husband dies Rose the mother of the house is quick to offer her a place to stay. That was her first mistake and things start to go wrong and not necessarily as you'd imagine.

It's a slow burner this book. At first it builds up the characters and domestic bliss before psychologically pulling you under with them all.

I found myself not knowing which characters to trust in the end and felt stunned at the final scenes.

If you like a slow burning, character led, psychological thriller that stops your heart at the end then this is for you. If you prefer action all the way, it may prove a little slow.

It's a great book and I was shocked and thrilled by events that overtook everyone. A great read.


  1. This sounds interesting. Where do you find these gems?

    There's an award for you on my blog :)

  2. From a reading and writing point of view , I love the thriller genre . This read sounds promising ... :)
    I will check it out when I have some time .

  3. Congrats on your award from Sarah!!

  4. Sarah - Thanks for the award, I've posted it! :)

    I think I picked up this book from some tweeters I follow. I also follow the author so I may have to see if she's available for an interview at some point! :)

    Mish - There are so many great books out there aren't there. I have such a huge TBR list. I will never catch up with it.

    Rebecca - Thank you! I have posted my 5 suggestions now :)

  5. Even just the cover gets me, a bright cheery pink and the more muted evil blue-grays.