Extract: The Mum Who Had Enough by Fiona Gibson

Weekends are usually an opportunity to kick back, read the papers, walk Scout, maybe meet up with Eric and Sarah. Or Sinead and I would just go out for a drink ourselves: all the ordinary (but now, I realise, intensely pleasurable) stuff I’ve taken for granted all these years. Without Sinead here on Saturday morning – and with no work to go to – I simply don’t know what to do with myself.
Still, I can’t fall apart. I’m still Flynn’s dad and, if nothing else, I’m going to prove that I can run this home, this family, by myself.
Things start off pretty well, considering. Flynn emerges from his room a little before 10 a.m. There are no visible signs of tears or anger; on the contrary, he utters a gruff, ‘Morning’ as we pass on the stairs. I even dish up a proper breakfast – not that I’m expecting some kind of World’s Best Dad accolade for scrambling some eggs. However, we are coping, in that we are dressed, and nourished, and I have only checked my phone a handful of times to see if Sinead has been trying to contact me.
Of course she hasn’t. Idiot, I chastise myself.
Aware of behaving a little manically – in order to prove just how fucking fine I am – I suggest to Flynn that he fetches his guitar and we have a go at some new techniques. ‘Okay,’ he says warily. Minutes later, we’re sitting together in the living room while I show him a new take on the traditional twelve-bar blues he knows already.
He’s strumming away, albeit rather mechanically, as if he’s keen to get on with something else.
‘Hang on,’ I say, motioning him to stop. ‘It’d be good to change your emphasis, give it some whack on the second and fourth beat …’
‘What?’ he asks crossly, brow furrowing.
‘Let me show you.’ On my own guitar, I start to play a riff, aware of Flynn’s gradually flattening expression, his mouth setting in a firm line. I stop and look at him. ‘That was Chuck Berry. You can hear how he played about with the timing, the emphasis – that’s what gave him that unique sound—’
‘Dad,’ Flynn interrupts, placing his own guitar carefully on the sofa beside him.


Author Interview: Catherine Issac

I am very excited to be taking part in the blog tour for the wonderful You Me Everything by Catherine Issac today. Catherine's novel has taken the book world by storm and is receiving some wonderful reviews. I was thrilled to be able to chat to Catherine about her writing as she introduces us to her latest novel and reveals where she gets her ideas...

Hello Catherine, a big, warm welcome to Bookaholic Confessions! Thank you so much for participating in this interview. Would you like to start by introducing yourself...? 

I’m Catherine Isaac, author of ‘You Me Everything’. I was previously known as Jane Costello and wrote nine bestsellers under that name, including ‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘Girl On The Run’.
I am really excited about reading your novel, You Me Everything. Can you tell us a little more about it?
It’s about a single mum called Jess, who takes her ten-year-old son William to the Dordogne in France to rekindle a relationship with his father Adam, from whom she’s estranged. The prospect of spending a summer with her ex is Jess’s idea of hell, even if it does mean staying at Chateau de Roussignol, the luxurious hotel he runs. But her mum, Susan, who is in the late stages of Huntington’s disease, believes strongly that William should have a relationship with his dad and Jess wants to honour her wishes.

Book Review: Lullaby by Leïla Slimani

Lullaby by Leïla Slimani
Release Date: 11th January 2018
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect caretaker for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman who sings to their children, cleans the family's chic apartment in Paris's upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint and is able to host enviable birthday parties.
The couple and nanny become more dependent on each other. But as jealousy, resentment and suspicions increase, Myriam and Paul's idyllic tableau is shattered...

Lullaby kicks off with the tragic murder of Adam and Mila, the children of French-Moroccan couple Myriam and Paul. However, in a twist from your average murder novel, we find out who is behind the killing of two young children right from the off in Lullaby. Clearly, the nanny did it...
We are then transported back in time to where the story began - with lawyer Myriam longing to go back to work after having two children within a short space of one another.
When the couple hire Louise as their nanny their problems look to be solved. Louise is perfect...And not just any old perfect...We're talking Mary Poppins perfect. She cooks, she cleans, she works extra hours - Paul and Myriam can't believe their luck. She comes with excellent references, including a couple who 'considered having another child, just so they could keep her'. Louise truly is Myriam's savior...But it soon becomes apparent, to the reader before Paul and Myriam, that Louise isn't all that she first appears. There's something very odd about this woman, and it's not long before strange things start to happen in the household and fear starts to set in.