This first novel is
set in suburban Melbourne, and told in the first person by Brigitte – it is
really her life story.
was knocked down by a car when she was a very young mother. This has left her with considerable memory
loss and slight physical disability. She
is married to a plain-clothes police officer and has two young children.
the start it is apparent that she is a complete mess – a terrible mother and an
unfaithful wife. Her main interest is
consumerism – the latest designer outfits, make-up, etc.,etc. She is completely insecure and is vaguely
aware that she did something terrible shortly before the accident.
am afraid I had no sympathy whatsoever because of her total inability to take
any decisive steps in the right – or even wrong - direction. The narration does switch from 2008 (which is
the present) back to 1994 and the events leading up to the accident. It could very loosely be described as a crime
story, I suppose, in that some of the characters are definitely criminals and
others police officers.
is not badly written – Tania Chandler is a professional writer who is
apparently already working on a sequel, which I have no intention of
reading. I suppose I am just an old