The Busy Mum’s Guide to Murder by Lynn Fraser
Publishing Date: 30th September 2019
Source: Received from the publisher via NetGalley, thank you!
Number of pages: 233
Genre: General Fiction (Adults)
Buy the Book: Kindle
A darkly humorous take on life at the school gates.
Is there anything you wouldn’t do for your children?
Obviously be a parent governor and chair the PTA. But what about slander and manipulation? Dabble in a bit of hit and run? And, if necessary, how about murder?
You think your school run is tough? After her unoriginal husband leaves her for his secretary, Beverley finds herself facing a life she hadn’t planned for. Now a single mum forced to send her children to the failing local primary school, her children’s carefully crafted futures now lie in the hands of incompetent teachers and bullying playground mums.
Desperate to save her children from this situation Beverley sets out to make Harper Hill the best school it can be, but even the best laid plans go awry. Thankfully Beverley isn’t afraid to take matters into her own hands – but how far is she really willing to go to fight for her children’s future?
If you want something done right, do it yourself.
Beverley has two lovely children and a husband and ambitious plans for their children’s education. But then her husband leaves her for his secretary and the Emma and Felix, instead of a much better school, have to go to just the usual, not too good educational establishment, Harper Hill Primary.
But Beverley doesn’t give up. If she can’t send the children to better school, then the school must change and so Beverley takes matters in her hands. From starting a PTA and being its head, to becoming a Governor, in the meantime getting rid of a very un – cooperative teacher and school head. Literally.
However, there is someone observing her. Trying to stop her. Will Melanie Hicks, mother of 4 little horrors, be able to hold Beverley off?
I’ll be honest, for a long time I wasn’t sure what to do with this book and with Beverley. It all just seemed a bit too thick, and I felt a bit confused, I really didn’t know what to think. However, the more I read, the more Beverley and the story grew on me, until the point that I thought oh hell, woman, you really are the iron woman. I mean, Beverley was not a likeable character. Oh no. She was uptight, snooty, serious and focused on only one thing, with a superiority complex but really, I eventually started to warm to her and in the end I simply wanted to give her a standing ovation. She was taking no prisoners and when she really got something into her head, there was nothing stopping her – not even a corpse.
I was literally glued to the pages, wanting to know how far Beverley will go and what’s going to happen next/who’s going to die next. I loved the unpredictability of this book, of the fact that I have never known what’s going to happen when I turned the page. The writing style was easy to follow and pleasant to read, the plot complex and full of twists and turns and what is so clever is that you can easily associate some of the characters with some of the people from your own school gate, ha, they were all so brilliantly sharp described! Even though Beverley’s actions sometimes seemed unrealistic, I could easily identify with her urges.
So after the initial reservation, I really started to adore this book. It was full of dark humour and you need to take it with a pinch of salt as the plot IS a bit too far fetched but believe me, you’re quickly going to gulp everything the author puts on the pages. It was original, refreshing and hilarious. Truly recommended!