310 pages ~ ★★★★☆ ~ Hardback
This book has been on my TBR since reading Jen’s review over at Books on the 7:47, I was working my way up my library’s reserve list earlier this year but unfortunately COVID decided I should wait a little longer. Was this worth the wait? Very much so!
The first chapter packs a massive punch, Emira is a black woman in her twenties who regularly babysits for three year old Briar; quite late one night Alix, a white woman in her thirties and Briar’s mum, asks Emira to pick up Briar for a short period while they deal with something at home. With options to entertain a three year old few and fair between that late at night Emira takes Briar to a local supermarket. When they go to leave they are faced with security and another ‘concerned’ shopper who essentially accuse Emira of kidnapping Briar – only letting them leave when Emira calls Briar’s father.
Alix is mortified by this incident and becomes determined to find out more about her part-time babysitter’s life and make her part of the family. The book switches between the two women’s perspectives as we follow their developing relationship with each other and themselves as both find themselves at a bit of a turning point with their careers.
If the first chapter isn’t enough to hook you then a further reveal about a third of the way through should pull you in completely, I don’t want to do spoilers but I audibly ‘oooo’-ed – from that point I was gripped and didn’t want to put the book down.
I’d highly recommend picking this up, this has (hopefully) pulled me out of a bit of a reading slump! Have you read Such a Fun Age? I’d love to know what you thought if you have.