Dial A for Aunties by Jesse Sutanto. (2021).
**3.5 out of 5 stars**
**Thank you to Harlequin Australia for sending me a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review; published 5 May 2021**
When Meddy accidentally kills her blind date, she turns to her aunties for help. Their meddling set her up on the date so they kind of owe her. Although hiding this goddamn dead body is going to be harder than they thought especially when her family’s wedding business has THE biggest wedding of the year happening right now. It turns out the wedding venue just happens to be managed by Meddy’s ex, aka the one who got away. It’s the worst time to see him again, or…is it? Can Meddy finally find love and make her overbearing family happy?
Okay, while this book is entertaining and quite funny, it’s also one of the most ridiculous stories I’ve ever read. As in the majority is seriously unbelievable. But I’m also pretty sure that’s what the author was going for and if so then job well done! In terms of storyline, there’s a lot going on; a catfish dating scenario, an accidental death, a massive wedding on an island, thievery, and an ex-lover. It felt a bit too much for me at times. At the end of the book in the author’s acknowledgments it is noted Netflix are making this novel into a movie and I have no doubt it’ll be a popular one! The thing I liked best about this novel was the family connection and love; the aunties annoy each other and Meddy but at the end of the day you know you have real love if they are willing to hide a body for you.
Overall: if you are looking for something easy to read and light-hearted in nature, despite involving a dead body, then definitely give this one a go.