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2.0 out of 5 stars Who is the one in the wrong?, 13 April 2011
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CUCKOO tells the story of Rose and Polly. When Polly's husband dies in a car accident, Rose invites her friend into her house, telling her she should stay with her family until she has got herself back on track. Then, unsurprisingly, Rose begins to regret her decision.

Without wanting to give too much away, even when Rose is beginning to have doubts about her friend, there are reasons why she does not just ask her to leave. All of the characters in this book have some kind of back story, making them far more complex than they at first appear. However, this does not make them any more likeable. I think, for me, this was the main problem with the book - although I read on until the end, it wasn't because I really cared about Rose. In fact, as the book progresses, I began to doubt to Rose. Because not much of the action is definite - you are never sure, really, if Rose is right to think that Polly is trying to take her place or whether Rose is paranoid - by the end of the book you are hoping for some kind of resolution to this. However, this does not happen. By the end of the book, you still don't know if Rose was right or just paranoid, plus the ending is an anticlimax, in my opinion.

After reading this book I would not rush to pick up Crouch's next offering. Although there were moments of tension, by the last third of the book or so I was just becoming frustrated with it. The tension was wound up only to be slowed down by Crouch describing in minute detail the layout of the house for the umpteemth time, or talking about what Rose was going to cook for them all, and who was going to help her etc, etc. Although the characters had background stories, Crouch didn't do enough for me to care about them - by the end of the book, if Polly was trying to take Rose's place, I really wasn't that bothered about if she succeeded or not.
Unfortunately, I wouldn't recommend this book and I doubt I shall read her next one.
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Initial post: 12 May 2011 18:29:59 BDT
Absolutely spot on, just finished this book, and you've reiterated exactly he thoughts I had.

Posted on 4 Jun 2011 10:15:08 BDT
Couldn't put it better myself, very disappointed and very furstrated .

Posted on 13 Mar 2012 14:57:32 GMT
Ruby H says:
This is a really good book, has a good amount of suspense, but i agree with many other reviews in that there is a lot of descriptions about what Rose is cooking etc, Polly going up and down the stairs in the annexe all padding out the story. The ending without spoiling it for others was a complete let down, so disappointing!

Posted on 13 Mar 2012 14:57:33 GMT
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Posted on 29 Sep 2012 18:49:58 BDT
Penny says:
I read her book called "Every Vow You Break" and was enthralled by it, couldn't put it down. Then, three quarters way through it became more and more ridiculous and far-fetched. I couldn't believe it and how disappointed I felt. Seems this author has a good story, then has no idea how she is going to end it and it becomes more and more ridiculous. My head was spinning with the stupidity of it all. I did think of giving this one "Cuckoo" a go, but it sounds exactly the same as this one. I'm surprised any of her books are published to be honest. You end up thinking "what the hell was that all about" !!!!
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