Cat Lady: The hot, must-read Richard & Judy Book Club novel for summer 2023 from the Sunday Times bestselling author

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Cat Lady: The hot, must-read Richard & Judy Book Club novel for summer 2023 from the Sunday Times bestselling author

Cat Lady: The hot, must-read Richard & Judy Book Club novel for summer 2023 from the Sunday Times bestselling author

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Although I was intrigued to see where the novel was going to end up, I found that the humour felt a bit forced and sometimes missed the mark for me personally. Mia is a good wife to husband Tristan, a genuinely loving and caring step-mum to his kids by his last marriage, and very good at her job. Grief, tackled at its finest with a funny side story and eccentric characters, make this a fabulous read.

It’s definitely one to read if you’re a pet owner as it represents the grief over losing a pet quite accurately, as well as examining the “crazy cat lady” stereotype. Mia really goes through the motions in this, and there are other characters that I loved to hate, and times I wanted to scream at them. Dawn's books are always so amazing, she's incredibly talented and one of the most amazing authors I've ever read.Sometimes she has a bit more than 'it all' - there's her husband's ex-wife who spends way too much time at their house and has way more opinions about everything Mia's doing wrong than could really be considered appropriate. Somehow DO'P has missed that mothers day is always a Sunday and has her characters going to work that day which doesn't make any sense. I like Dawn O’Porter on Instagram, she’s fun, witty, and has incredible fashion sense but that charisma just does not in any way translate to her novel (I’ve only read this one). Leaving aside some really explicit stuff just thrown in there for shock value (at one point early on I was very worried that this woman was going to sexually abuse her cat), it's a story about a woman who has quite a tough, lonely upbringing who feels like she needs to conform to certain standards. It’s not 100% fundamental to the story, it could easily have been tweaked to still fit in the plot lines without it having to be changed.

A delightful dark-ish comedy set around a "my pet has died" grief counselling group and essentially about forming and living one's best-self and not taking on a label that society expects from you. It was really interesting to see how everyone in the group responded differently to losing a pet, from the emotions they experience to the impact that it has had on their life. But deep down it’s core is connecting with your pet and other like minded animal lovers,,finding yourself and not caring about what others think or do as long as you are happy. It got a little too wacky as Mia grows increasingly erratic, which makes for an odd tone when everything that happens is very sad and painful. I've read reviews that said people laughed out loud at this - I was the opposite, I cried several times and found the whole story really sad.She sleeps in a separate room from her husband and pencils in sex several times a week - she won't sleep with him because he doesn't want animals in their bed after a strange occurrence. Mia is the dedicated step-mum and loyal wife, but most definitely devoted above all to Pigeon, her cat. So when I saw she had a new book out, I jumped at the chance to review it – and Net Galley sent me an advance review copy. Brought tears to my eyes, made me laugh out loud, gave me food for thought and was a total surprise.

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