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A Tidy Ending: The latest dark comedy from the Sunday Times bestselling author

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I couldn't really get on board with this, it moved slowly and I began to find Linda tiresome, mainly because of the contradictions in her character. It was the same when I reported the suspicious man in Boots, and when I asked them to check on a strange car parked up on the high street. The other two books ‘The Trouble With Goats and Sheep’ and ‘Three Things about Elsie’ were great reads and this one was another one at the same level.

If Linda could just track down Rebecca, who lived in the house before them, maybe some of that perfection would rub off on her. Joanna Cannon reveals in the interview that she always leaves Easter eggs in her books, connecting them together. The Things That We Lost is a beautifully tender exploration of family, loss and how far we will go to protect the ones we love. I don’t want to say too much about Linda as it may spoil the delight and pleasure of her company so I’ll settle for saying that it’s totally fascinating viewing things through her eyes.The neighborhood looks different too, but she’s still the same woman and it’s still the same place, and as the past erupts into view, they slowly collide. Linda is a character that at times you like and at other times you want to shake her and I think when you experience those feeling towards characters the author has done an exceptional job in writing the book.

Joanna Cannon is a psychiatrist, and it shows in every morsel and detail of this novel I absolutely loved analyzing. Linda becomes more and more bored with her dull life, but these murders keep happening in her area, and they go unsolved. Linda, is involved in her own quest to track down Rebecca, who lived in the house before Linda and Terry bought it. The catalogue was addressed to Rebecca Finch at the house she and husband Terry recently bought in a housing estate and moved into.Soon, she begins escaping into different worlds to avoid the anxiety, and starts making “friends” who don’t truly have her best interests at heart. You know what people are like, though, and newspapers always make something out of nothing, even keeping yourself to yourself. Joanna Cannon weaves together a self-actualisation storyline featuring an endearingly quirky protagonist, with lashings of dark humour, revenge and jaw-dropping twists.

Linda lives a quiet (if unfulfilling) life with her husband, Terry, in a peaceful town—until young women start to go missing. Meanwhile, Terry's behaviour is becoming increasingly erratic, and a series of vicious attacks on young women are keeping the town in a state of ghoulish agitation. It started slightly slow, but then quickly picked up and started giving “Single White Female” vibes.Soon after Clare is deserted by her husband, she meets new neighbour Louisa, who persuades her to help with a business venture, providing catering for funerals.

People have started to go missing in the neighbourhood and Linda will soon discover that some secrets can't stay buried forever. Although one person’s distress is another person’s couldn’t-care-less, so I don’t know how they decide which bits to take out. DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Harper Collins UK, Harper Fiction, The Borough Press via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of A Tidy Ending by Joanna Cannon for review. She goes on about the number of reports she’s made, and we get a good picture of her as the neighbourhood busybody. Last year, a breakout debut novel hit the scene, and everyone fell in love with the character Molly in Nita Prose’s “The Maid”.

If only Linda could track down and befriend Rebecca, maybe some of that enviable lifestyle would rub off on her and she wouldn’t have to worry about what Terry is up to. Linda, like many other main characters with the “quirky” label (probably on the spectrum), has this annoying cluelessness despite the fact she seems astute sometimes.

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