If She Did It
By Jessica Treadway
Dawn's always been a little odd and when she introduces her new boyfriend Rud to her family they're happy, for the most part. But then her parents are savagely beaten, only her mother Hanna survives, and Rud's the chief suspect in the murder investigation. This is an interesting insight into mother-daughter relationships. There are touches of Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin and while this book lacks the darkness of Shriver's it's still a riveting read. Every mother hopes she knows her child, but this book will have you wondering how little a mother might really understand.
The Trivia Man
By Deborah O'Brien
Random House. $32.99.
I'm sure the final version of this book will have "For fans of the Rosie Project" on it somewhere. Kevin Dwyer is the Don of this book, an awkward middle aged man whose best friend is his eight year old nephew. Kevin spends his days working as a forensic accountant and his nights playing trivia nights at local clubs, as a one-man team who never loses. He's soon headhunted by the other teams at the Clifton Heights Sports Club and joins a team with Maggie, a movie buff and Latin teacher, and her friends. Over the course of the season they all learn a little about life and love and trivial pursuits. A pleasant enough read, with interesting characters, but don't be expecting Don and Rosie.
Confessions of a Once Fashionable Mum
By Georgia Madden
Nero Books. $29.99.
There are plenty of cliched characters in this one. Ally's a former PR executive who's finding motherhood nothing like she expected; her mother's group is full of women wearing Velcro sandals singing Wiggles songs; her mother in law, who's moved in, is pushy and over involved. Cliches all, but that's what makes this a fun read. Madden writes with sharpness and humour, her truths are sometimes too close to home. Many new mums, and old ones too, will recognise moments and flinch because at times it was that bad. For a sneaky Sunday afternoon while the baby is napping.