It is my belief living in the world of today — No good deed goes unpunished.
And this book too follows the same theme. 3 main ladies Sarah, a lawyer, who had a good life with a stable job and an okay relationship with ex-husband. Darcy, her teenage daughter who is still in a stage of rebellion, shoplifts, ditches school, hates mom. Liz, her best friend who is a voice of sanity in the insane world.
AND ENTER LAUREN
Sarah meets Lauren at a nail bar, a woman who does nails and says she is a lawyer, and who smiles a lot. One sob story and Sarah invites Lauren into her life, into her home, and into her office. And soon it is Lauren living her life, with Sarah viewing it from outside.
This is my first book by author Claudia Carroll and I expected a cute family drama with secrets and emotions, maybe an affair or two. And instead I got a sinister creeper of a babe in Lauren.
Claudia did a fabulous job in showing Lauren as a friendly, smiling parasite which wraps its poisonous tentacles around the life giving tree, slowly sucking the sap inside, till the tree is a husk and it dies. And that’s who Lauren is — oily and slimy (I only wanted to read an easy feel good book, and I chose this) And the rest of the ladies are shown as the helpless, unrealized victims, who could only get entangled in the web the black widow laid, realizing the trap far too late. Liz is sensible, tries warning Sarah. But in her need to do good, Sarah heeds it not and loses everything in the process.
How did that happen? Is that the end of everything for Sarah?
Claudia Caroll is an amazing author, I was going to read the book just for half an hour till I got sucked into the story till the end. Creepy Lauren pulled me in too, and I had to read the whole book to know if she gets her dues. Does she???
As I said, no good deed goes unpunished!!!
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Avon Books UK, and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.
My rating : 4 stars
About the Author
Claudia Carroll is a number one bestselling author in Ireland and a top ten bestseller in the UK, selling over 670,000 copies of her paperbacks alone. She was born in Dublin where she still lives and where she has worked extensively both as a theatre and stage actress. She now writes full-time. Her 2013 novel ME AND YOU was shortlisted for the Bord Gais Popular Choice Irish Book Award. Her previous novel ALL SHE EVER WISHED FOR spent 12 weeks at the top of the Irish charts.
Sarah Dee has the perfect life. A high-flying job in a law firm, a beautiful daughter and a house to die for. So how does she find herself looking in through the kitchen window while another woman enjoys it all?
When Sarah takes pity on a struggling young graduate who can’t get a job, she thinks she’s doing the right thing. She’s being kind, generous and helpful to others, as she always is. But as Sarah allows the younger woman into her home, her law firm and even her family, is there more to this pretty youngster than meets the eye? And could this be a good deed that goes further than expected?
Publication date : 8th February, 2018
Publisher : Avon Books UK
Language : English
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No good deed goes unpunished