Other Parents by Sarah Stovell @sarahlovescrime @HQstories

Book Description:

They all have opinions.

They all have secrets.

‘Both funny and engaging while tackling some serious stuff’ Jane Fallon

‘Deft, wry and perceptive, this drama targets class and modern parenting’ Daily Mail

‘Set to be one of the most talked-about books of 2022’ HELLO!

‘Sensitive, sharply observed and often funny’ Adele Parks, Platinum

‘Touted as the new Liane Moriarty, Stovell is one to watch’ Woman & Home

‘Cringe-inducing, agonising, truthful, heartbreaking and hilarious’ Janice Hallett

In a small town like West Burntridge, it should be impossible to keep a secret.

Rachel Saunders knows gossip is the price you pay for a rural lifestyle and outstanding schools. The latest town scandal is her divorce – and the fact that her new girlfriend has moved into the family home.

Laura Spence lives in a poky bedsit on the wrong side of town. She and her son Max don’t really belong, and his violent tantrums are threatening to expose the very thing she’s trying to hide.

When the local school introduces a new inclusive curriculum, Rachel and Laura find themselves on opposite sides of a fearsome debate.

But the problem with having your nose in everyone else’s business is that you often miss what is happening in your own home.

My Thoughts:

The story alternates in chapters between five women. Rachel, her partner Erin, Rachel’s teenage daughter Maia, Laura and Jo. Jo is the head teacher of the local school where Rachel’s children go to along with Laura’s son Max. It has a small town/village feel to the story with everyone knowing everyone’s business and of course everyone having opinions on that business.

There is some humour in parts although some of the threads that run throughout are quite dark yet the author weaves in some light-hearted moments so that it doesn’t make it to much of a sombre read. I would say it’s very much a family drama kind of read where none of us really know what any one person is going through. I think my heart went out mostly to Laura as she is trying to do her best with what life has dealt her. Rachel I loved and you soon know that things are never going to be dull where she is concerned!

Other Parents is a drama of sorts which would make great television. It quickly became an addictive read and I couldn’t wait to see which way the story was going to turn next. The novel touches on quite a few different subjects and it really does make it a compelling page turner. This is quite different to the other two novels I have read by this author but was another winner for me.

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