From bestselling author Cassie Hamer, comes a hilarious tale of warring neighbours in Australian suburbia, with a mystery at its heart.
'Captures Australian suburbia perfectly. Has the reader gripped until the end. Perfect for anyone who wants to devour easy-to-read fiction, while also doing some detective work of their own.' Mamamia
You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your neighbours. (Trad. proverb, origin: Australian suburbia)
Food stylist Cara, corporate lawyer Alex and stay-at-home mum Beth couldn't be more different. If it wasn't for the fact they live next door to each other in Cuthbert Close, they'd never have met and bonded over Bundt cake. The Close is an oasis of calm and kindness. The kind of street where kids play cricket together and neighbours pitch in each year for an end of summer party.
But no one's told Charlie Devine, glamorous wife of online lifestyle guru, The Primal Guy. When she roars straight into the party with her huge removal truck and her teenage daughter with no care or regard for decades-old tradition, the guacamole really hits the fan.
Cara thinks the family just needs time to get used to the village-like atmosphere. Beth wants to give them home cooked meals to help them settle in. Alex, says it's an act of war. But which one of them is right? Dead guinea pigs, cruelly discarded quiches, missing jewellery, commercial sabotage and errant husbands are just the beginning of a train of disturbing and rapidly escalating events that lead to a shocking climax.
When the truth comes out, will it be the end of Cuthbert Close?
Australia is lucky to boast such a wide range of authors for women readers, and Cassie Hamer clearly draws inspiration from the greats such as Moriarty, Morrissey and Atwood.
The End of Cuthbert Close examines female relationships, including motherhood, wifehood, daughters, friendship, colleagues, bosses and clients. Cuthbert Close is almost from a rose-coloured, bygone era where neighbours cared for each other and manicured lawns were perpetually green, but the grit lies within the very real and contemporary experiences of our three heroines. This mixture of near-fantasy and harsh reality makes for a highly engaging read that both delights and satisfies our women’s need to have our voices heard.