I was looking for something light and easy to read after the slog of reading Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. And this book delivered!
In this book, our main protagonist is Sophie Honeywell, a single, 39-year-old HR worker in Sydney. When she’s contacted by an old boyfriend, she starts to regret breaking up with him, thinking she could be married and have kids by now. When her ex tells her his aunt has died and left her a house in her will, Sophie’s shocked. Thus ensues a strange series of events in which Sophie moves to the house, on Scribbly Gum Island, to become an obscure part of the family that lives on the small island.
I like the way Moriarty jumps between the stories of the main characters, so we experience narration from different people. The story is slowly pieced together, and several subplots unravel as we follow the main storyline – that is, the ‘Munro Baby Mystery’ which took place in the 30s. Rose, Connie and Enigma have held a secret for a very long time, and it’s about to come out.
Simultaneously, we watch as Grace sinks into a deep depression after the birth of his first baby. And, we watch as Sophie strives to put her life in order and get a chance at being a mother before it’s too late. And, we see Margie’s desperate journey to lose weight and escape the cruel jibes of her husband.
It’s all expertly woven together, keeping you strongly hooked until the end – which is amusing and clever in its own way. I really enjoyed reading this 🙂