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Paige Atwell is completely satisfied with her suburban existence: the carpools, coffee klatches and scheduled sex night with her husband. But when her friend Karen admits to a steamy love affair, Paige is forced to reexamine her life. Is she really content? Or is she merely complacent? Then Karen is found dead in a pool of blood in her garage and Paige?s quiet life is shaken to its core. Paige doesn?t buy the accident theory Karen?s husband is spinning. And she knows that Karen?s adulterous secret could give the ...
Paige Atwell is completely satisfied with her suburban existence: the carpools, coffee klatches and scheduled sex night with her husband. But when her friend Karen admits to a steamy love affair, Paige is forced to reexamine her life. Is she really content? Or is she merely complacent? Then Karen is found dead in a pool of blood in her garage and Paige’s quiet life is shaken to its core. Paige doesn’t buy the accident theory Karen’s husband is spinning. And she knows that Karen’s adulterous secret could give the police the motive they need. But Paige can’t destroy her friend’s reputation and turn her into gossip fodder. She realizes her only choice is to investigate Karen’s death herself… a choice that leads her into danger, temptation and a secret so shocking that their quiet suburb will never be the same. The Secret Desires of a Soccer Mom offers us a darkly funny look at what goes on behind closed doors in the cul-de-sac.
"[Robyn Harding] concocts a deft comic look at suburban marriage malaise and a surprising remedy -- a friend's murder that turns her into an unlikely sleuth; contender for best book title of the season.”
— Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"This hilarious tale of motherhood, marriage, murder and suburban lust is laugh-out-loud funny.”
— Tucson Citizen
"Ms. Harding creates characters and a story that will not be forgotten.”
Posted February 14, 2007
I've only watched the show 'Desperate Housewives,' a handful of times in the couple of years its been on tv. As I read this book, I found my mind comparing what I was reading to what I had seen on those few times I did chose to tune into that particular tv show. The story sort of has that feel to it. The story is about Paige Atwell, our soccer mom. Paige lives in a suburb of Denver, with her husband and her two kids. Paige is content with things in her world, until one day, her friend Karen confides that she is having a passionate affair with a Spanish model from her art class. This news sends Paige's mind reeling, as she comes to the conclusion that her life is too plain and simple. Paige begins to obsess over this reveleation, wondering if maybe she needs to commit adultery to spice up her own life and happiness level. Soon after, Karen is found dead in her garage, suffering from a head wound suffered during and apparent accidental fall. Paige doesn't buy the fell down and conked her head theory, knowing the secrets about Karen's life that she knows. What ensues is Paige's desperate attempt to solve the murder of her friend, get her own life back on track, and keep her sanity. The story is cute..several times I actually laughed out loud as I was reading. It reads very quickly and keeps the reader pretty engaged throughout. This would be an excellent book to take on vacation with you, or just to curl up on the couch with one snowy afternoon. You'll laugh and you'll shake your head just like I did at Paige's antics. Overall, a decent read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
In Aberdeen Mists, Colorado, Paige Atwell knows she is bored with her marriage of twelve years to faithful Paul and staying at home to raise their two elementary school age children, Chloe and Spencer. However, how much ennui has set in over the dozen years comes to a head (no pun intended) when her married neighbor Karen confesses that she has been in a hot affair with a compassionate Latin lover Javier. Paige agrees ex should be spontaneous and euphoric not scheduled and mechanic. She decides it is up to her to recharge her relationship by 're-sexualize' the passion. --- However before she can generate her sex campaign, her neighbor Karen is found dead in her garage in what looks like an accident. Paige and other three coffee moms think otherwise as they believe Karen¿s spouse Doug learned of Javier and perhaps she was leaving him so he killed her making it look like an accident. Believing they are experts after watching TV police shows, the coffee mamas begin their brand of investigation. --- This cross between Desperate Housewives, Stella gets Her Groove, and CSI is an amusing contemporary tale especially when Paige¿s planned spontaneous sexual escapades lead to mortifying moments. The lighthearted story line is fun especially the family interludes, but goes over the edge during the amateur sleuth inquiry. Still fans will enjoy Paige¿s attack on her spouse and uncovering the identity of a killer while changing peed on sheets. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 12, 2009
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