EXCERPT: Everyone looks the same here. Block-printed athleisure-wear leggings with Olivia Cunningham’s brand new Motherhood Mania clothing-line tops. Brightly coloured slogan tees – ‘Mother’s Little Helper’ – complete with lozenge shaped pills underneath. She jolts when she realizes she can’t see Casper, his blond bowl haircut flying up and down as he leaps from level to level, before she remembers he’s safely ensconced in his Champions Forever tennis lesson.
‘See her now?’ says Liza. ‘It’s a good ‘un.’
‘Nope.’ Sarah wonders why Liza is staring at her so intently, waiting for her reaction. A Z-list celebrity, she wonders. Unbearable if it is. But, all she can really think is: why is everyone still smiling? Three days into the autumn half-term and she’s done in. Yet here they are, all the other women (and where are all the bloody men today?) bouncing around. Long, lean legs, feet in pristine trainers, chatting so animatedly. Why aren’t they exhausted? She knows she’s probably just jealous – but what’s wrong with them? She’d never stopped to think that maybe they’re all normal and it’s actually her with the problem. She rubs a mark off her own leggings. Weetabix, she guesses, from Casper’s breakfast.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: The accident.
The fallout will be huge . . .
When Liza’s little boy has an accident at the local health club, it’s all anyone can talk about.
Was nobody watching him?
Where was his mother?
Who’s to blame?
The rumours, the finger-pointing, the whispers – they’re everywhere. And Liza’s best friend, Sarah, desperately needs it to stop.
Because Sarah was there when it happened. It was all her fault. And if she’s caught out on the lie, everything will fall apart . . .
MY THOUGHTS: I tried to like this book but, honestly, it is all about self entitled, selfish, women who see their children as fashion accessories. These women are horrible, shallow, grasping creatures who judge each other by what they buy. Grasping and competitive. Ghastly.
I hate Brussel Sprouts, but faced with the choice of digesting this book or Brussel Sprouts, I would have to choose the sprouts!
The only nice thing I can say about this book is that I liked the cover. This was a dnf for me.
THE AUTHOR: Rebecca Thornton is an alumna of the Faber Academy Writing a Novel course. She lives in London with her husband and two sons.
DISCLOSURE: I listened to The Fallout by Rebecca Thornton, narrated by Charlie Sanderson and Guy Mott, published by Harper Collins Publishers. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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