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5.0 out of 5 stars
Clever storytelling, 1 Oct 2013
I thought this was a brilliant book. The characters seem so obvious and clear cut at the beginning but Rose's gradual disintegration from organised homemaker to woman on the verge of being sectioned is written brilliantly. Polly is also far more complex than she first appears.
I think the irritating "product placement" is actually completely key to the plot - the whole point is that Rose had a miserable childhood, with no toys, no treats and few, if any, new clothes. As the book starts she is enjoying the fact that she has come so far and that she has a Galaxy car, a Barbour jacket etc. Polly seems to be very envious of her friend and willing to do anything to either ruin her successful life or take it over for herself. However we do discover that she is not, or has not always been, completely bad. I thought the drama of the ending was fitting, and the epilogue just sent a shiver down my spine. The point is, there never is any "closure" for these two is there?
I was also completely engrossed by "Tarnished", which I read before "Cuckoo". The characters in this book live in a very different place, in more ways than one, to the country idyll in "Cuckoo", but again they are well drawn and all too believable. Looking forward to reading more by this author.