THE MUM WHO’D HAD ENOUGH by Fiona Gibson
Published; June 14th 2018, Avon Books UK
After sixteen years of marriage, Nate and Sinead Turner have a nice life. They like their jobs, they like their house and they love their son Flynn. Yes, it’s a very nice life.
Or, at least Nate thinks so. Until, one morning, he wakes to find Sinead gone and a note lying on the kitchen table listing all the things he does wrong or doesn’t do at all.
Nate needs to show Sinead he can be a better husband – fast. But as he works through Sinead’s list, his life changes in unexpected ways. And he starts to wonder whether he wants them to go back to normal after all. Could there be more to life than nice?
I totally judged this book by the cover! It stood out to me on the library shelf and I just had to take it home to try. It was completely the right decision. I loved it.
Sinead decides to leave her husband Nate when she begins a list of all the things he does wrong in their marriage. When Nate wakes up and finds the note he sets out to put things right and win back his wife which sets him on a path that he never thought he would take.
I thought this book would be predictable but was pleasantly surprised when it was anything but. There are no great shockers but it was well written and different to what I would expect from this type of book, I couldn’t guess what the end would be.
Nate is very likeable and actually I struggled to see what Sinead issue was. I think most women, and even men, reading would be grateful to have a partner like Nate. Sinead did come across as quite selfish and demanding but there was also a side to her that provokes sympathy.
The thing that comes across well in this book is the relationship both Sinead and Nate have with their teenage son. As a reader it is obvious that neither want their marriage problems to affect him and it comes across well that they both love him more than anything else.
I enjoyed reading points of view from all characters as it was good to see what each was thinking throughout and how certain things were twisted in each person’s mind.
The book is extremely well written and I found myself laughing out loud at some parts of the book. It was such an easy read that I couldn’t wait to squeeze in more time for another chapter or so. I loved how I could lose myself in the pages and found that it was nice to not be able to predict what the outcome would be. It was a real nice book, my first by Fiona Gibson but an author I will be trying more of.
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