I bought this book simply because Waterstones had a 3 for 2 offer and their choice was limited. From reading the back cover, I thought it would be a chick-lit novel, one in which you can slip into without having to think, and in which there is nothing really demanded of you. To an extent, I was right. However, much as it pains me to say so, I did enjoy it.
The story is about Julie Flanagan, a suburban housewife who doesn't really do anything very daring - her marriage also seems to have lost it's spark, as her sex life takes a dip. While socialising with her group of female friends, one of them dares her to live more dangerously. She decides to take the dare on. At first, she does so by small, insignificant things - she puts various stuff in her recycling bims for example! Slowly though, she gets more daring - I read it that it was actually a result of her waning sex life; she begins seeing her husband in a different light, one not so flattering. So, when she later meets a handsome man, who seems very attracted to her, it seems as though it's just a matter of time until she really acts more dangerously. . .
This is the basic plot. Not really hugley intelligent stuff. BUT, there are insights in this novel that had me thinking, "oh my god, that is so true!" I think actually, her observation of how the decline of a relationship can begin and then just continue to break down, is very true. The mundane in long-term relationships can kill them, if both parties are not willing to try, and the examination into how men and women can lose their own identities when they have a family is very clever - becoming a parent can mean you put certain parts of yourself to one side, regarding them as long-lost dreams of youth. These, of course, are then just more fuel to the idea that the relatiuonship may not be so good after all, as resentment comes through.
I would recommend this book - to women, I doubt whether men would get anything from it. But, I would point out that if you really want a book to challenge you, then look for something else.