by Kate Harrison.
This is the story of three women who are all involved in the job of mystery shopping – shopping and reporting on the profile of a shop. There is Emily, a mum with body issues; Grazia, the widow of an artist, and Sandie, a former retail manager.
They bond over their shopping antics and get up to lots of mischief. There is also Emily’s young son, Freddie, whose character is comedic for such a young child. The book follows the highs and lows of the three women’s lives.
Some plotlines were amusing, such as when Emily has to buy her son a bondage mask so he doesn’t see the contents of the BDSM boutique she is shopping at for mystery shopping purposes. And of course there is the inevitable love interest for the main character. The way they met just annoyed me – the cliche of cliches but when her new love interest is presented opposite that of her ex-husband, the love interest seems all the more favourable and he obviously cared about her.
The book is plushy and would more suit a beach read. It doesn’t require intellectual involvement and that is the best sort of book to read when you’re covered in sand and suffering from sunstroke. Apparently there are more books in this series and maybe I’ll read them if I’m at a loose end but apart from that I have to tackle the other books I’ve borrowed from the library, as well as a bookshelf of others too.
A lot of the time, the humour was funny and very Sophie Kinsella-ish. If I got the chance to read this book again, I probably wouldn’t but its easy reading style was a positive thing and I finished it in 2 days.
MY RATING: ** / *****