In-Laws and Outlaws

Written by Kate Fulford

 

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She knows what’s best for her son, and it’s not you.

Eve has an idiosyncratic relationship with the truth, is a borderline psychopath (according to her psychologist friend Claire), and has a rather colourful past. But her heart is in the right place. Having recently met Gideon everything seems, at last, to be working out rather well for her. Then he introduces her to his mother. Marjorie clearly believes that she knows what’s best for her son, and it’s definitely not Eve.

Over the next few months Eve struggles as Marjorie seems hell-bent on undermining her relationship with Gideon at every opportunity. Then, a chance meeting with someone very close to Marjorie confirms Eve’s worst fears – there are literally no lengths to which Marjorie will not go to get Eve out of her son’s life. Using her own ingenuity, and with help from some very unexpected quarters, Eve finds herself caught up in a very high stakes game indeed, in which there can be only one winner.

 

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Not For Me ..    2 stars

 

I was attracted to this book by it’s title; I somehow thought it would cover more family than one in-law and one outlaw.

Eve – if indeed that’s who she is, I’m still not sure (so many lies!) thinks she has found her one true love in Gideon. They seem to be very happy together, and then he takes her to meet Marjorie, his mother. Marjorie calls Gideon ‘Ian’, treats his father with disdain and is much more interested in belongings than people, but her son is clearly, to her, perfect. As the story progresses, there are many references to jobs Eve has done in the past; a strange mish-mash for anyone and at this point I began to wonder if her friend Claire had a point when she referred to her as a borderline psychopath. Eve doesn’t trust Marjorie but, just for a minute, put yourself in Marjorie’s shoes – would you trust Eve? Marjorie was portrayed as a nasty piece of work, but I don’t think Eve won any awards either. Gideon / Ian, for all his title of ‘Professor’ came across as a bit gullible and too ready to believe any scenario presented to him.

I struggled through this one – it never gelled with me. I didn’t find it particularly funny but it was too far-fetched to be taken seriously. The writing didn’t flow well, I didn’t find the characters or the situations they found themselves in to be particularly believable and I felt it was rather a series of strange happenings thrown together. In all honesty, the only thing I felt on reaching the final page was a sense of relief. You can’t love every book you read and I’m sure others will get on with this one more than I did.

My thanks to Thistle Publishing for approving my requested copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.

 

Tags: spoof comedy

 

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Thistle Publishing
  • Publication Date: 26 Feb. 2018
  • Buy to Link: http://amzn.eu/aj4Qe4j

 

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Meet the Author

 

6107kiEoqtL._SY200_Kate has had a varied career that has encompassed working in sales and marketing in the software industry, for brand and marketing agencies, several years as a freelance copywriter, and some time as a foster carer.

She gained her first degree from the University of Warwick in the late eighties, but an interest in psychology led her to return to study many years later, when she obtained a Masters Degree from Goldsmiths, University of London. She did this with the idea that it might lead her in a new direction, which it did, just not in the way she had envisaged.

She has a distinctive authorial voice that refuses to take anything too seriously, not because she doesn’t think life is a serious matter but because she believes that it is almost always better when leavened with humour.

 

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