Published: November 27, 2018
My Copy Came From: NetGalley
Read Via: Kindle
My Like Level: 3
Genre: Fiction, Chick Lit, Women’s Divorce Fiction, Humor
Book Synopsis From Amazon:
A couple, now separated. Their daughter. Their new partners. One epic Christmas vacation. What could go wrong?
This razor-sharp novel puts a darkly comic twist on seasonal favorites like Love Actually and The Holiday.
Meet The Adults.
Claire and Matt are no longer together but decide that it would be best for their daughter, Scarlett, to have a “normal” family Christmas. They can’t agree on whose idea it was to go to the Happy Forest holiday park, or who said they should bring their new partners. But someone did—and it’s too late to pull the plug. Claire brings her new boyfriend, Patrick (never Pat), a seemingly sensible, eligible from a distance Ironman in Waiting. Matt brings the new love of his life, Alex, funny, smart, and extremely patient. Scarlett, who is seven, brings her imaginary friend Posey. He’s a giant rabbit. Together the five (or six?) of them grit their teeth over Forced Fun Activities, drink a little too much after Scarlett’s bedtime, overshare classified secrets about their pasts . . . and before you know it, their holiday is a powder keg that ends where this novel begins—with a tearful, frightened call to the police.
What happened? They said they’d all be adults about this. . . .
This was quite a cheeky little novel. I read it fairly quickly and it kept my attention. I enjoyed that we knew in the beginning that someone had wound up shot on holiday, and I enjoyed unraveling the mystery. The thought of spending time trapped in a cabin with your ex-husband and his new girlfriend, your current boyfriend and your daughter sounds like a nightmare doesn’t it? That’s the premise of this story. The notion that these people could get along for the sake of their daughter sounds nice in theory, but the niceties don’t last long. It’s is a quick & fun read!
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this Advanced Readers Edition of The Adults by Caroline Hulse.