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A very satisfying read from one of my favourite authors,
This review is from: Close to Home (Mass Market Paperback)
Having read a few of Deborah Moggach's other books I had high hopes of a cracking good read. As ever Moggach has introduced us to some very real characters; identifiable without being too stereotypical. By portraying many of the key scenes from several points of view, we can understand why the characters behave, think and worry as they do. This works really well, and generally the story moves along at a nice pace.
We follow two sets of neighbours over the course of a long, hot summer - a sweet and very hassled Kate at home with her two small kids while her husband James is flying back and forth to Brussels to bring the cash in for his family. Meanwhile next door, flippant and good-humoured Sam has given up work to write his first novel; his extremely competent and liberal wife, Jetta, works as a psychiatrist solving anything which comes into her path; along with their angst ridden teen daughter, Marion, who refuses to rebel and prefers to eat left-overs she has hidden under her bed.
The way Moggach develops the characters means that you really get to know them. You care about what happens to them. This also makes events funnier, more poignant and increases the dramatic tension. All of which make this a top read and keep the pages turning and make it feel a far shorter read than it actually is.
If you have read and enjoyed any other of Deborah Moggach's novels, then I have no doubt you will enjoy this. If you haven't read her before then this is as good a place to start as any.