The End of Cuthbert Close by Cassie Hamer. (2020).
**4.5 out of 5 stars**
**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free advance readers copy of this novel; published 23 March 2020**
You can choose your friends, but can’t choose your neighbors. Food stylist Cara, corporate lawyer Alex and stay-at-home mum Beth couldn’t be more different. But they have become really close in their relaxed suburbia street. But no one’s told Charlie Devine, glamorous wife of online lifestyle guru, The Primal Guy. She roars into the street with a bang with her teenage daughter. Dead guinea pigs, cruelly discarded quiches, missing jewellery, commercial sabotage and errant husbands are just the beginning of a train of disturbing and rapidly escalating events that lead to a shocking climax…
I really enjoyed this author’s previous novel (After the Party) and this one was just as good. I loved the imagery of this gorgeous little street where neighbours are all close to each other but lead completely different lives. In comes Charlie, who after a few little events had ruined the lovely peace and harmony as far as Cara, Alex & Beth are concerned. There were quite a few moments where I had a little laugh (particularly the email newsletters from ‘The Primal Guy’, I think I snorted at every one haha). I appreciated that the narrative included and alternated between the point-of-views of Cara, Alex & Beth; I liked all three women and found all their respective situations quite interesting.
I highly recommend this engaging novel, it’s another winner from this author for sure.