An online rivalry between mums and non-mums spills dangerously into the real world
'I devoured it, loved it and totally escaped into it ... Fun and topical' Marian Keyes
'Super addictive, cleverly plotted and ridiculously relatable ... the characters begin to feel like your new best friends' 9 Honey
Poppy's world has tipped sideways: the husband who never wanted children has betrayed her with her broody best friend. At least Annalise is on her side. Poppy's new friend is determined to celebrate their freedom from kids so together they create a Facebook group to meet up with like-minded women, and perhaps vent a little about smug mums and their privileges at work.
Meanwhile Frankie would love a night out, away from her darlings - she's not had one in years - and she's sick of being judged by women at the office and stay-at-home mums. When Poppy and Annalise's group takes off and frustrated members start confronting mums like Frankie in the real world. Cafes become battlegrounds, playgrounds become warzones and offices have never been so divided.
A rivalry that was once harmless fun is spiralling out of control. Because one of their members is a wolf in sheep's clothing. And she has an agenda of her own.
'Thoughtful, whip-smart and emotionally rich contemporary fiction' Booktopia
Australian author Moriarty follows her debut, The Fifth Letter, with a darkly droll page-turner. Devastated Poppy Weston, who's been blindsided by her husband's announcement that he's dumping her for her best friend and that he has changed his mind about not wanting kids, finds comfort where she can, first from office mate Annalise and then from the Facebook group they launch to connect childfree working women like themselves in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta. But each of these brings problems of its own. Beneath spunky Annalise's exterior lie disturbing maybe even dangerous secrets. And the Facebook group, known as NOP (for Non-Mums Online in Parramatta), begins to fall apart after a mole leaks some of the more vitriolic anti-mum posts to their archenemies, MOP (Mums Online Parramatta), leading to a few hairy real-life run-ins. Although Moriarty doesn't quite manage to successfully infuse the weightier material that appears, including abuse and early-onset dementia, into a thriller that's largely a chick-lit souffl , she does serve up a tasty divertissement.