The Cactus

Written by Sarah Haywood

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It’s never too late to bloom …

People aren’t sure what to make of Susan Green – family and colleagues find her prickly and hard to understand, but Susan makes perfect sense to herself, and that’s all she needs.
At 45, she thinks her life is perfect, as long as she avoids her feckless brother, Edward – a safe distance away in Birmingham. She has a London flat which is ideal for one; a job that suits her passion for logic; and a personal arrangement providing cultural and other, more intimate, benefits.

Yet suddenly faced with the loss of her mother and, implausibly, with the possibility of becoming a mother herself, Susan’s greatest fear is being realised: she is losing control.

When she discovers that her mother’s will inexplicably favours her brother, Susan sets out to prove that Edward and his equally feckless friend Rob somehow coerced this dubious outcome. But when problems closer to home become increasingly hard to ignore, she finds help in the most unlikely of places.




Definitely Addictive and Very Entertaining! 225

I can honestly state that this book is unique to any other I’ve ever read .. and it’s a great read!

Susan controls every aspect of her life. At forty five, she lives alone – as she likes it – and has a very regimented routine. Her colleagues, by dint of being human, annoy her – well, let’s be honest – most things annoy her. She fails to understand why everyone doesn’t follow her example of a strict routine and maintain a compartmentalised and – in her mind – perfect life.

As this story progresses, we find out all about Susan’s back story .. family life, love life, relationships, friends – or lack thereof. There are a few giggles along the way and certainly a few surprises! The ending of the book was astounding – but in a good way.

I adored this one. I found myself fully immersed in Susan’s life and to my surprise, entertained. It’s similar to a coming-of-age tale in some ways, definitely addictive and one which I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys a contemporary read.

My thanks to John Murray Press for approving my copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original, and unbiased review.


Tags: contemporary, women. humour


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 759.0 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Two Roads
  • Publication Date: 25 January 2018


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91K63pATUCL._UX250_Sarah Haywood was born in Birmingham. After studying Law, she worked in London and Birkenhead as a solicitor, in Toxteth as an advice worker, and in Manchester as an investigator of complaints about lawyers. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University, and lives in Liverpool with her husband, two sons and two ginger cats.







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