A Desirable Residence Author:Madeleine Wickham WHAT GOES ON BEHIND CLOSED DOORS... — Liz and Jonathan Chambers were in trouble. Mortgage trouble. They'd stretched themselves to busting with their new exciting project -- well, Liz thought it exciting -- buying and managing the Silchester Tutorial College, and now couldn't sell their old house. Here they were, stuck wi... more »th two mortgages, mounting debts and a miserable adolescent daughter who hadn't wanted to move anyway.
Then Marcus Witherstone came into their lives -- and at first it seemed he would solve all their problems. Marcus, senior partner in Silchester's leading estate agency, was large, assured, and wore an expensive overcoat. He knew the perfect tenants from London who would rent their old house -- glamorous PR girl Ginny and almost-famous Piers. Everything was going to be OK.
But soon Marcus found himself involved with Liz in a way he'd never intended. Keeping his adulterous trysts secret from Anthea was uncomfortably easy -- most of the time her head was firmly buried in IMPROVE YOUR CHILD's I.Q. Meanwhile, as Liz was lost in blissful dreams of Marcus, Jonathan was left to run the tutorial college. Neither of them had time to notice that teenage Alice was developing a desperate passion for the tenants, Piers and Ginny.
Everyone seemed to be entangled with everyone else, in the most awkward possible way. And as events closed in on him, Marcus began to realize that some deceptions are just a bit too close to home.« less
Although I really like some of this author's books (Sophie Kinsella), this was a really bad one. There were about 10 main characters, none of whom were likeable, (Ok, well, Jonathan, the cuckolded husband became someone you couldn't help but like at the very end, and Daniel Witherstone, the son, you can't help but find him appealing because he just tries so hard). She didn't flesh any of them out, they were just paper dolls, flimsy and without substance cliches (the cheating wife, the oblivious husband, the bratty and truly unlikable daughter, the cheating executive, his pushy/perfect wife who walked all over him, etc.) Definite library book vs. one for the keeper shelf, save your credit, you won't want to own and re-read it.
This was a little unexpected from Wickham/ Kinsella! I enjoyed it though! I was a little surprised that it was rated so low on here. I loved the ending. It was a little expected, not sure if you were expected to expect it, but I kinda did. To me it shows that good people can make mistakes and that even if you make a mistake it doesn't mean that you should be the evil character. Humans are flawed characters. Overall, it was a great read. I pretty much read it through in two sittings. Had to make myself sleep for about five hours. I definitely would recommend this to anyone who loves chick lit without all the sex!