The Playdate: A Novel

The Playdate: A Novel

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by Louise Millar
     
 

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TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED. . . .

In a quiet London suburb, a group of mothers relies on each other for friendship, favors, and gossip. But some of them shouldn’t be trusted, and others have dark secrets.

When Callie moved into her new neighborhood, she thought it would be easy to fit in. The other parents have been strangely hostile,

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TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED. . . .

In a quiet London suburb, a group of mothers relies on each other for friendship, favors, and gossip. But some of them shouldn’t be trusted, and others have dark secrets.

When Callie moved into her new neighborhood, she thought it would be easy to fit in. The other parents have been strangely hostile, though, and her frail daughter Rae is finding it impossible to make friends. Suzy, with her rich husband and her three energetic children, has been the only one to reach out, although their friendship has recently felt inexplicably strained. Now the police have suggested that someone dangerous may be living in their neighborhood, and the atmosphere feels even more toxic. Then there’s the matter of Callie’s ex-husband, and the shocking truth behind their divorce . . . a truth that she would do anything to hide.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451656695
Publisher:
Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publication date:
07/03/2012
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
124,043
File size:
4 MB

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Meet the Author

Louise Millar began her journalism career in various music and film magazines and spent seven years at Marie Claire as senior editor and contributing editor. She has written for Mojo, Marie Claire, Red, Psychologies, The Independent, Glamour, and The Guardian, among others. She lives in London with her husband and daughters.

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The Playdate: A Novel 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great build up of characters then several crazy twists that keep the pages turning
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read for me and had some good twists and turns in the storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just a brief review, not a synopsis of the whole book.
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Very slow start and a very anticlimatic ending. Was just looking for a little more at the end.
DudleyS More than 1 year ago
Each chapter of this masterfully written book lead me in a new direction. Before I knew it, I was navigating a maze I hadn't realized I'd entered. The author does a wonderful job of weaving little details into a larger story, like breadcrumbs down a path. You think you know who each character is and then it changes. I am very much looking forward to reading the author's latest book to see if it measures up to the high bar she has set with The Playdate. For my Book Rating Scale, a Five Star review means the book is a must read and nearly flawless.
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Good read. Definately didn't expect the ending. But I kinda felt like it just dropped off and left you wondering what happened to the character afterwards.
Halo521 More than 1 year ago
This book is mediocre at best. Not awful, but nor great either. The plot is extremely slow, taking about 170 pages to actually get interesting. I found myself fighting to get through the first half of the book because it is quite boring. The author did a great job of developing the characters, however, she took half of the book doing just that. Once the plot started to develop, it moved fairly quickly, almost too quickly, and I found myself predicting what was to happen next. There are a lot of great twists, but the ending I felt was rushed and very bland. I would hope that the author develops a sequel because I would really like to see what happens with the characters.
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
Callie and Suzy are your typical best friends. They get along well and enjoy their company. However, the two cannot be more opposite. Callie has a young sickly daughter and no husband while Suzy has a husband and three healthy children. Callie has spent much of her time caring for her daughter, but would also like to work more. She has managed to get a new job, but is slightly afraid to tell Suzy. Why would you be afraid to tell your best friend about your new job? Callie tries to become friendly with Debs, the new woman on the block. Debs is a teacher and seems to love kids, but she has more than a few secrets of her own. With plenty of secrets and some sordid pasts, can the three women continue their linked friendships? Callie is the character that the reader will most identify with and like. She is very calm and kind through most of the book, though she has a few skeletons in her closet. Debs is constantly jumpy and has trouble making friends. Suzy constantly seems to be looking for anything to go wrong, she is a little "off." The mystery makes up a large part of the plot, but the reader may find that the mystery feels like it begins almost mid-way through the book rather than right away. Friendship seems like it should be a strong subject, but in this book the friendships are shaky and feel almost like a facade. The reader will have to sift through the characters' pasts to figure out the key to the plot. The author hasn't made it easy, this novel has a lot of smoke and mirrors hiding the obvious truths, but there are plenty of twists and surprises to keep the reader guessing. As far as creating a realistic plot and set of characters, the author did a wonderful job. The women could be our own neighbors, the plot is a little more sketchy, but fits once the reader knows the whole story. This book is recommended to adults.