Are you ready for ANOTHER blog tour?! (This isn’t the last one for this month yet, either. I think I’ve gone a bit blog tour crazy.) Today’s blog tour stop is for The Good Enough Mother, a black comedy by Anoushka Beazley. I’ve been SO busy recently it’s insane (see why below!), so this is going to be a bit of a weird review. I’ll explain it better in a minute. First, here’s the synopsis…
Gatlin – a leafy, affluent town: Chelsea tractors and ladies who lunch. However, all is not as it seems.
Drea, a most unnatural mother, struggles to find private school fees for her step-daughter Ava after her boyfriend leaves her for another woman. Watching the yummy mummies she becomes inspired, hatching a daring and criminal plan…unleashing all hell in the quiet town of Gatlin. Can Drea survive the fallout and the wrath of the PTA?
A satirical and hilarious black comedy about love, motherhood and the human condition.
A Quick Explanation
This is going to be a bit of a funny way of reviewing a book. Basically, I’ve been really busy with work and stuff. And by ‘stuff’, I mean this little guy…
Meet Flynn! He’s the newest member of our family and partly the reason why this review will kind of be in two halves. With work picking up, generally being fairly busy and this little guy moving in, I haven’t had the chance to read the whole book. But I’m not letting you down!
In this post, I’ll talk about what I’ve read so far and make a few predictions about what I think might happen. Then, once I’ve finished the book in a couple of days, I’ll follow up with another quick post (a.k.a. the second half of my review). I’m hoping, in an ideal world, it’ll intrigue you to read the book if even I don’t know what’s going to happen!
Okay, enough of that. Let’s get started.
The Good Enough Mother by Anoushka Beazley: Review(ish)
I went into this book without really knowing very much about it. I read the blurb and it sounded like it could be a bit of fun. It definitely is fun!
The first thing I noticed was how funny and sarcastic the main character, Drea, is. Drea’s boyfriend Alex has just suddenly decided to leave her for another woman, and she’s been left with his teenage daughter. They don’t have a particularly warm and friendly relationship, to say the least. Drea smokes weed and swears, and her father spends his time watching weird porn films.
Drea is, to put it lightly, a bit miserable. I was ready to get a bit sick of her moaning, but she’s actually SO funny. I laughed out loud several times in just the first chapter. Her humour is so dry and it just made me laugh so much. There’s this, for example:
“The morning spilt brightly into the room like a peppy girlfriend. September was unashamedly still in bed with summer. Another wonderful day to be alive. Maybe I could make a noose for myself out of the cutains.”
The main storyline, from what I can tell so far, is that Drea’s step-daughter Ava is still in private school, and Drea must find a way to afford her fees now that Ava’s dad has left. This brings so much drama and hysterical situations that include – if you don’t want any spoilers, look away now – robbing someone in the park.
The town she lives in is the kind of place where all of the women’s kids are called things like Maximilian and Sebastian, everyone’s names are double-barreled, and they all drive massive Range Rovers. This gives her plenty of opportunity to ‘acquire’ designer goods and sell them to contribute to Ava’s school fees. It just makes me laugh that Drea has absolutely no care in the world, and she’s so done with life that she’ll do anything for a laugh and a bit of extra cash. There’s another line here that made me laugh because of its subtle sense of humour:
“I had a grand total of £5,800. Ava’s school fees for the year were £17,310. I needed £11,510 more. I hoped Alex was enjoying himself in Normandy. I’d hate for him to choke on a snail and die, leaving what little he had to Ava.”
I really can’t wait to carry on with this book to see what happens next. I already have a feeling that I’m going to love it. Will Ava be able to continue going to private school? What will happen with the things Drea has stolen, and will anyone find out it was her? I’ll find out! I’ll post my follow-up with the rest of my review in a few days, once I’ve finished the book.
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About the Author
Anoushka Beazleyhas a film degree, an acting diploma and a masters in creative writing. She is a full time novelist, lives in North London with three little witches, a lawyer and a Maine Coon.