Book Review: Cuckoo

Cuckoo by Julia Crouch

The blurb:  A dark, juicy, deliciously unsettling, read-it-in-one-sitting psychological drama.

Rose has it all – the gorgeous children, the husband, the beautiful home. But then her best friend Polly comes to stay. Very soon, Rose’s cosy world starts to fall apart at the seams – her baby falls dangerously ill, her husband is distracted – is Polly behind it all? It appears that once you invite Polly into your home, it’s very difficult to get her out again…

My review: This book made me feel really uncomfortable and I can’t imagine what it would do to a wife and mother!

Julia Crouch has blended suspense with just enough chilling foresight to create a fantastic psychological thriller, like the blurb states, I couldn’t put it down. Initially I didnt think Cuckoo would be for me, Rose was a little too perfect, a little too submissive of her artistic husbands temperament. But as you learn more about Rose, you realise there’s a whole other world beneath the surface.

The idea that troubled me the most is how quickly you can be usurped. Crouch handles this wonderfully, how one minute a man or a woman, be it at work or in their family life, can feel irreplaceable and within a few short days find someone else being you, better that you! This is a truly disturbing line of thought!

I really didnt like the character of Polly, but for all the right narrative reasons, I wasn’t supposed to like Polly. The only reason this book hasn’t scored a bit higher is the ending. After all the manipulations, scheming, adultery, theft and downright threatening behaviour, the guilty party remains unscathed. I feel justice should have been done. But I’m a traditionalist. Read this book, it’ll make you question your relationships and keep you up at night but you won’t be able to put it down!

8 out of 10 stars ********!

BUY ME! Cuckoo

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