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A book about middle class women, for middle class women,
This review is from: Perfect Lives (Paperback)
A set of 11 intertwining short stories about (upper) middle class people in England - they seem perfect on the outside but underneath they are not. Each stories contains a twist - which I like; however the way that the twists are set up, and subsequently revealed, quickly becomes formulaic. I expect this was done on purpose, but I think the overall impact of the book would have been greater if there was more variation in the story structures.
My favorite stories are the one about the relationship between a selfish mother and her suffering daughter (The Rose before the Vine), which I expect a lot of females will relate to. And the story about a woman and her cat, who appears to be the woman's alter ego (Remote Control).
Overall it is a good, but not brilliant read. As with other Samson books, I would say it is most definitely a book for women rather than men.