by Helen Fielding
Bridget Jones is back! She is older, widowed with two young children and trying to rebuild her life.
Helen Fielding’s much loved character has grown up, but is still the same, chaotic mess she was as a thirty-something singleton. Older, but not necessarily much wiser, Bridget is ready to start putting her life back together again.
Mad About The Boy is a witty insight into the dilemmas of middle age, something I find I have some sympathy with.
For anyone who has read the first two books, there are no surprises. Bridget Jones’ character is the same as she always was. Reading the book was a little like meeting with an old friend. It is a comfortable and unchallenging read. Hardly great literature, but a good read none the less.
If I’m being honest, it is not as captivating or funny as the original outings, but I enjoyed it anyway.
It’s a year since Johnny Merriman’s twin sister went missing, and the thirteen-year-old is not the only one whose life has been turned upside down. His father left shortly after and hasn’t been heard of since, and his mother has fallen into a deep despair; his once perfect family has fallen apart.
Discovering what has happened to his sister has become the focus of Johnny’s life. For a year he has spent every spare moment searching for her.
But Johnny is not the only one whose life has been shattered by the events of that day. Local policeman Detective Clyde Hunt’s obsession with the case, and Johnny’s mother, cost him his own family.
After a year of no clues, and no leads, it seems that the trail is well and truly cold. But then, when Johnny witnesses a hit and run, everything begins to change.
But this not just a book about a missing child. Each of the characters has their own secrets, and if they are ever going to come to terms with the tragedy of Alyssa’s disappearance, they must also face their own demons.
Secrets can be corrosive, they can eat at you and separate family and friends. And each of the characters in Last Child has their own secrets, some more devastating than others.
Last Child is the first of John Hart’s books I have read, and I don’t think it will be the last. The story has real pace and plenty of twists and turns before it’s climactic ending. A great book.