REVIEW: CUL-DE-SAC, BY JOY FIELDING

 

Someone on this quiet, unassuming cul-de-sac will be shot dead in the middle of a sultry July night.

Will it be Maggie, the perfectionist wife, or Craig, the husband who can’t quite live up to her expectations? They’ve packed up their two children and fled their life in California, hoping for a fresh start in Florida, only to find the demons of the past hovering on their doorstep.

Maybe it will be Nick, a highly respected oncologist, or his wife, Dani, a successful dentist, both with well-kept secrets of their own.

Or perhaps the victim will be Julia, an elderly widow, whose troubled grandson has recently moved in with her, introducing unsavory habits and even more unsavory acquaintances into her formerly quiet existence.

Then there’s Olivia and her husband, Sean. Having lost his job at a prestigious advertising agency, Sean is depressed, resentful of his working wife, and drinking heavily. He is also prone to increasingly violent fantasies.

And what of the newlyweds, Aiden and Heidi, whose marriage is already on the rocks, due to Aiden’s reluctance to stand up to his intrusive mother? Matters aren’t helped when Heidi befriends Julia’s grandson, setting the stage for a major blowup.

A diverse group of neighbors, to be sure. Yet all harbor secrets. All bear scars. And all have access to guns.

Not all will survive the night.
 
 
 
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Cul-de-Sac opens with a shooting in a quiet neighborhood.

In the following pages, we meet the residents of the quiet street, each of them appearing normal until we look below the surface.

As we learn more about each of them, we are left guessing about who will explode and turn on someone else.

The shooter could be any one of them, and I had my money on one individual, but I could have been wrong. In the end, I had it figured out.

A year later, everything has changed on the quiet street, but some were able to pick up the pieces. A brilliant story that delved into the lives behind the façade. 5 stars.
 
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