'Zoe Venditozzi has created such a resonant, authentic portrait of a young woman stuck in a rut that we can all imagine knowing someone just like her . . . When Laurie gets involved with an ex-soldier, the manner in which she gives in to her impulses, nervously but without over-thinking them, is also rendered sympathetically and believably.' --Alastair Mabbot, The Herald
'This is Zöe Venditozzi s first novel, which is not obvious from reading it. The style is rather like Laura Marney - unpretentious and confident, modern and edgy. The tone is blackly funny with a kind of yearning romantic thread. The rather convoluted plot is competently propelled by her deft dialogues and credible characters, and of course, the suspense of the unsolved mystery . . . Deceptively light, the book still delivers real punches. I am looking forward to her second novel.' --Cynthia Rogerson, Northwords Now
'What a treat it is to come upon a first novel so accomplished and wise.' --Barbara Gowdy, author of Falling Angels, The Romantic and Helpless.
About the Author
Zoe Venditozzi was born in 1975 and grew up in a small village in North East Fife. After graduating with an honours degree in English from the University of Glasgow, Zoe worked in a variety of jobs including selling answerphones, nannying and editing the letters page on The People's Friend. When Zoe and her husband moved to New Zealand she decided to train as a teacher and dreamed of becoming a writer. However, it was only when she returned to Scotland and started having children that Zoe started to write seriously. Zoe has an Mlitt in Creative Writing from the University of Dundee and has had short stories and poems published in various magazines and books.