The Playdate Paperback – 26 Apr 2012
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'I started reading and couldn't stop . . . a must-read that will tap into every mother's primal fears' Sophie Hannah
'A well-paced psychological thriller with more than a hint of Minette Walters about it' Sunday Express
'A thought provoking, taut and suspenseful thriller that you won't forget in a hurry.' Easy Living
‘Millar is a genius at capturing the complicated emotions of parenthood, and her taut, suspenseful plot makes this an unputdownable read’ MARIE CLAIRE
‘This compelling and impressive debut is told from the point of view of all three women, and the reader’s sympathy shifts constantly as the story becomes more creepy and unsettling when layers of intrigue and manipulation are slowly revealed’ GUARDIAN
‘Millar exposes brilliantly the dilemma of working mums and clearly has a lot of sympathy for a situation that seems loaded against them . . . perceptive and well-written, The Playdate is utterly compelling and a sure-fire winner’ RED
‘British author Millar’s engrossing debut offers an unsettling, realistic view of friendships, gossip, and loneliness… What starts as a quiet story about neighbors soon builds into a gripping psychological thriller’
You leave your kids with a friend. Everyone does it. Until the day it goes wrong.See all Product Description
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Each of the three women narrate their own short chapters so as readers we are able to piece together their feelings, their secrets and what links these three women together.
The plot moves quickly and as the reader we know something amiss from the blurb. Who's child is in danger, who from and why? The themes in this story range through what makes a friendship, what part the past has to play on our lives and who should you trust? Some of the minor characters seemed to be clichéd but hey clichés exist for a reason!
Although there were some parts to this story which didn't seem to be followed through to their conclusion almost as if they were there to drive the story in one direction in an earlier draft which I found a little confusing. I enjoyed this book and will be keen to see what Louise Millar produces next.
Callie, a single mother whose small daughter Rae has suffered health problems in infancy and is somewhat fragile. She is obsessively over-protective, irritatingly so, which has a detrimental effect on Rae who just wants to be a normal little girl.
Suzy, an American woman who annoyingly addresses Callie as "hon" at every opportunity (I've lived in North America and have yet to meet anyone who used this annoying word as often as this character) lives across the road from Callie and since their friendship began a couple of years previously they have become dependant on each other. Suzy is married to stiff, formal Jez and is the mother of his three sons; the older one Henry seems to have some sort of behavioural problems. Maybe this is why Suzy is desperate to have another baby - preferably a girl.
Next door to Suzy is Debs, the new arrival to the street and the Crazy Lady, prone to bouts of paranoia and other craziness, and so obviously the one we're sure is The Bad One.
This novel is reasonably well written but it takes sooooo long to get to the point. I wasn't so much bored with it as frustrated; the blurb on the back cover leads one to believe that this will be a psychological thriller....."the book that will haunt mothers everywhere"...... it isn't. It's a tale of three women, none of whom is particularly likeable, who live fairly ordinary lives in an ordinary street. I was waiting for Something to Happen.....roughly 50 pages from the end it finally does, and even then it's quite predictable. The explanation for Debs strange behaviour is just plain ridiculous, and the loose ends are tied up just a little too neatly.Read more ›
Callie hasn't found many of the other mothers at Rae's school to be at all friendly, feels left out, and so has found that she has come to rely on Suzy and her support more than she would perhaps like to. As the novel opens, we meet Callie trying to prepare herself to draw back from her reliance on Suzy.
The lives of the three neighbours become linked, but what is lying underneath this calm facade? Who is genuinely to be trusted? You know that you can expect something, but what?
I found myself immediately drawn into the story and interested in the characters, and I stayed interested throughout. It's a page-turner, a quick read with fairly short chapters, alternating between the three neighbours Callie, Suzy, and Debs. Callie's story, her life with Rae and her secrets, are at the centre of the novel and her story is told in the first person. The everyday concerns of the school run, friendships, relationships are portrayed, characters are established, and the story builds slowly and steadily.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a book written by a woman, for women. As a male reader, it is a strange experience.
Three female characters - Suzy, an American who appears to have it all but... Read more
Enjoyed this book, feel it ended a little too quickly though, would have liked to see what happens between Callie and Tom.Published 6 months ago by CBrown
Didn't read all this, sadly not for me and ended up deleting this from my Kindle library.
Will not read any more from this author.
Fantastic thriller mixed in with quite a few twists which keeps you turning the page.Published 11 months ago by H4A26
Excellent thriller, lots of twists and turns and an unexpected ending. I couldn't put it down. I immediately ordered another two books written by Louise Miller.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book begins by dropping lots of tantalising clues about what might or might not be, the pace picks up pretty quickly and doesn't stop until the last page, twists and turns... Read morePublished 12 months ago by G. F. Lutton
Truly dreadful book. Quite simply it drips cliches. Career minded single mum Callie,too ditzy and busy in her media sound job to realise her american pal/neighbour Suzy is... Read morePublished 16 months ago by LoveShopping
Really, really enjoyed it, the author resisted the temptation to stray into the fifty-shades-of-boring gratuitous sex scenes, no serial-killer-profiling, a refreshing change in... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mrs Sheila M Harris