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Friday, 24 August 2018

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About The Adults


Claire and Matt are divorced but decide what's best for their daughter Scarlett is to have a 'normal' family Christmas. They can't agree on whose idea it was, or who said they should bring their new partners. But someone did - and it's too late to pull the plug.

Claire brings her new boyfriend Patrick, a seemingly eligible Iron-Man-in-Waiting. Matt brings the new love of his life Alex, funny, smart, and extremely patient. Scarlett, their daughter, brings her imaginary friend Posey. He's a rabbit.

Together the five (or six?) of them grit their teeth over Organized Fun activities, drinking a little too much after bed-time, oversharing classified secrets about their pasts and, before you know it, their holiday is a powder keg that ends - where this story starts - with a tearful, frightened, call to the police...

But what happened? They said they'd all be adults about this...

My review of The Adults

The Adults begins dramatically with a real page turner. A woman makes a frantic 999 call to the police. Who is she? What has happened? From that moment on I was hooked. I HAD to know what had happened and why. The Adults really is a memorable and very  enjoyable read, don't let the beginning  fool you. It is a very funny book.

The Adults takes four adults, a child and her imaginary friend and throws them all together for a magical, wonderful and family friendly Christmas. What could go wrong? Well, lots of things, but I won't spoil anything. Ex husband and wife, Claire and Matt, organise to spend the festive season together, with their respective partners,  believing it is the best course of action for their daughter, but is this such a good idea? I couldn't wait to find out.

The author writes so very well about modern family life, and the politics of modern family life. Can we really ever get over our exes? Can we really pretend that the past has no bearing on our future? Can we really be okay in the same room as our husband/wife's new lover? Can we be mature about all of this? These are the questions that this novel explores so well, and with great humour.

This well observed novel is delivered with lashings of wit, great one liners and so much heart. I cared about all four of these adults, and I really did want the absolute best for them, as they found themselves thrown together, all for the love of a little girl.

The Adults is a real page turner, it's funny and a kind of who done it and why. It's a book for the modern family, which I feel everyone can relate to and enjoy. A cracking read. 

With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advanced Reader Copy.

The Adults is published on 23 August by Orion.

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