Light Reading begins on a British RAF airbase. The men have flown away to fight in the desert. This leaves their wives with little to do but gossip, try to survive the long, dark tea-times of coffee-and-walnut cake, and commit suicide. This last option is selected by only one of the wives, but it sends the protagonists, acerbic Pru and sexy Lena on a quest to the sleepy Devonian town of Allcombe.
You understand, reader, that a town described as 'sleepy' in such a book is far from sleepy; it's often lively in quite unexpected ways.
That's as far as I can go with the plot. It's genuinely interesting and mysteries and revealed, yet deepened, in much the same manner as Lost, without the concommitant desire to hunt down J J Abrahms and smother him with his own mystery box.
This book has some fantastic dialogue. There is a real tension between the protagonists and Aliya is skilful in her management of the two points of view. There are some moments when this device doesn't quite work. For example, in her diary, Lena reports the contents of a letter verbatim despite having read it one over another character's shoulder. But the duality of the narrative is itself a mystery that keeps the reader wanting to know more.
The ending is subversive and clever. Well worth it.