This is a second novel by a local North London writer, Louise Millar which I’ve read and loved. Her first, The Playdate, was a story of a mother’s very modern nightmare – who can you trust to look after your children? Scary to say the least.
After being widowed Kate and her son Jack move away from London and settle in Oxford, to be near Kate’s in-laws. But her late husband’s parents see Kate as an overreacting, paranoid mother who can’t look after their grandson. Even Saskia, Kate’s sister-in-law and former confidante, is turning into an enemy rather than a friend.
While Kate spends her days studying statistics of bike accidents or disasters occurring to children at school, she meets a handsome American professor, Jago, who takes upon himself to ‘cure’ Kate of her paranoia. Slowly Kate begins to relax and believes that she and Jack may be normal and safe after all.
And why is the Nordic neighbour, Magnus, taking such and interest in Kate and Jack?
If you haven’t yet read Louise Millar, the new dame of the domestic thriller genre, I urge you to try The Playdate and Accidents Happen.
by Louise Millar