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A Tidy Ending: The latest dark comedy from the Sunday Times bestselling author

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A slow-burn thriller that follows a suburban wife's fascination with a former tenant might lead to frightening revelations about the person she thought she knew best. This reading group guide for A Tidy Ending includes an introduction, discussion questions, and ideas for enhancing your book club.

However, her dry observations of her neighbours and insights into their motivations are very accurate, and this contradicted her otherwise complete lack of social awareness. There are newspapers lying around, but every time I pick one up it has holes in the pages where articles have been removed. It accompanies me past plastic swings in an empty parks, and we pause together before a smear of traffic, waiting for the lights to change. But that seems fairly normal—until he starts keeping odd hours at work, at around the same time young women start to go missing.None of the characters were likeable and while some of Linda’s thought processes were amusing, the story dragged.

Now she sits in her kitchen, wondering if this is all there is: pushing the vacuum around and cooking fish sticks for dinner, a far cry from the glamorous lifestyle she sees in the glossy magazines coming through the mail slot addressed to the previous occupant, Rebecca. This was an absolute delight to read and Lissa Berry's narration of the audiobook version added wonderfully to the immersive experience - a perfect casting decision! Just as she did with The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, Cannon perfectly captures the claustrophobia of suburban life while reminding us how little we really know the people who live behind those lace curtains and neat hedges. Joanna Cannon’s second novel Three Things About Elsie is published in January 2018 and explores memory, friendship and old age.The only problem is, you try to carry on reading, away from the gap where a story has once been, but—of course—the other side of the page is missing too, so that doesn’t make any sense either. Linda, like many other main characters with the “quirky” label (probably on the spectrum), has this annoying cluelessness despite the fact she seems astute sometimes. I don’t want to say too much about Linda as it may spoil the delight and pleasure of her company so I’ll settle for saying that it’s totally fascinating viewing things through her eyes. I did appreciate the thoughtful observations—I couldn’t resist showing you a few of the many good lines.

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