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May 2012 Debut of the Month.
This gripping contemporary thriller will have you turning the pages, and re-evaluating people you call friends. How do you know whether it’s dangerous to leave your children alone with them? For a debut it’s very confidently written and using multiple voices, of the main characters, lets the reader see multiple, increasingly disturbing perspectives. A great one for reading groups, but not for single mothers...
Single mother Callie has come to rely heavily on her best friend Suzy. But Callie suspects Suzy's life isn't as simple as it seems. It's time she pulled away - going back to work is just the first step towards rediscovering her old confidence. So why does she keep putting off telling Suzy about her new job? And who will care for her rather frail daughter, Rae, while she is gone? Suzy and Callie live close to each other on a typical cramped, anonymous London street. Neighbours seem to move in, and move on, before you have even learned their names. Callie's increased sense of alienation leads her to try to befriend a new resident on her street, Debs. But Debs is anxious, odd. You wouldn't trust her with your child - especially not if you knew anything about her past. A brilliant and chilling evocation of modern life, in which friendships might be longstanding but remain superficial, and in which exhausted working parents make impulsive, instinctive decisions about the care of their children every day, The Playdate is a real talking-point book for mothers everywhere.
Closing date: 11/10/2018
‘I started reading and I couldn’t stop… a must-read that will tap into every mother’s primal fears’ Sophie Hannah
Publication date: 04/05/2012
Publisher: Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
|Publication date:||4th May 2012|
|Publisher:||Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Reading Groups, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Louise Millar was brought up in Scotland. She began her journalism career in mainly music and film magazines, working as a sub-editor for Kerrang!, Smash Hits, the NME and Empire. She later moved into features, working as a commissioning editor on women's magazines. She has written for Marie Claire, Red, Psychologies, Stella (Telegraph magazine), the Independent, the Observer, Glamour, Stylist and Eve. She lives in London with her husband and daughters. Author photo © Stephen MillarMore About Louise Millar