Paige Atwell is completely satisfied with her suburban existence: the carpools, coffee klatches and scheduled sex night with her husband. But when her friend Karen admits to a steamy love affair, Paige is forced to reexamine her life. Is she really content? Or is she merely complacent? Then Karen is found dead in a pool of blood in her garage and Paige’s quiet life is shaken to its core. Paige doesn’t buy the accident theory Karen’s husband is spinning. And she knows that Karen’s adulterous secret could give the police the motive they need. But Paige can’t destroy her friend’s reputation and turn her into gossip fodder. She realizes her only choice is to investigate Karen’s death herself… a choice that leads her into danger, temptation and a secret so shocking that their quiet suburb will never be the same. The Secret Desires of a Soccer Mom offers us a darkly funny look at what goes on behind closed doors in the cul-de-sac.
"[Robyn Harding] concocts a deft comic look at suburban marriage malaise and a surprising remedy -- a friend's murder that turns her into an unlikely sleuth; contender for best book title of the season.”
— Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"This hilarious tale of motherhood, marriage, murder and suburban lust is laugh-out-loud funny.”
— Tucson Citizen
"Ms. Harding creates characters and a story that will not be forgotten.”
Like an episode of Desperate Housewives, this suburban murder mystery from Harding (follow-up to her well-received debut, The Journal of Mortifying Moments) is predictable to a fault. Inspired by her friend Karen's hot affair with a Latin man, Colorado stay-at-home mom Paige Atwell attempts to "re-sexualize" her own passion-deficient 12-year-old marriage. But before she can step up her efforts, Karen is found dead in her garage. Suspecting Karen's death was no accident, Paige and her friends a divorc e, a mistress-made-wife and a prude turn their sights on Karen's husband, Doug. Weighed down by featherweight characters Karen's paramour, Javier, of course, gets the full Latin lover treatment Paige's narration leads the plot deep into camp territory: "Karen couldn't be dead, she just couldn't. She was too young, too pretty, too full of life.... And she lived in Aberdeen Mists, for Christ's sake. People did not just up and die in Aberdeen Mists!" (On sale July 25)