Like real people it took me a little while to get to know Gabs, Mavis and Alice who are all women having affairs. None of them appear very likeable at the beginning. Like me, they are wary of each other when they first meet at the Basic Theology group, and at first I wondered, as they did, if I would warm to them. But as their confidences spilled out to each other and the reader, I became totally involved with their lives until by the end I was completely gripped.For me this is a more satisfactory read as it mirrors the way we interact with real people and my relationship with the characters is deeper for it.
At times this book is very funny - Mavis's elderly mother's vicious cat for example, had me laughing out loud, but at other times it is poignant and touching. Frances Garrood writes about relationships with truth and insight - not just romantic relationships, but also the tensions that run in families. The male characters are fully rounded individuals and you feel their difficulties as much as the women's. This would make a fantastic book group read with plenty to discuss.Highly recommended.