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.