Wednesday 1 February 2017

Our tiny useless hearts - Toni Jordan

Henry has ended his marriage to Caroline and headed off to Noosa with Mercedes’ grade three teacher, Martha.

Caroline, having shredded a wardrobe-full of Henry’s suits, has gone after them.

Craig and Lesley have dropped over briefly from next door to catch up on the fallout from Henry and Caroline’s all-night row.

And Janice, Caroline’s sister, is staying for the weekend to look after the girls because Janice is the sensible one. A microbiologist with a job she loves, a fervent belief in the beauty of the scientific method and a determination to make a solo life after her divorce from Alec.

Then Craig returns through the bedroom window expecting a tryst with Caroline and finds Janice in her bed, Lesley storms in with a jealous heart and a mouthful of threats, Henry, Caroline and Martha arrive back from the airport in separate taxis—and let’s not even get started on Brayden the pizza guy.

Janice can cope with all that. But when Alec knocks on the door things suddenly get complicated. 

Harnessing the exquisite timing of the great comedies to the narrative power and emotional intelligence for which she is famous, Toni Jordan brings all her wit, wisdom and flair to this brilliant, hilarious novel. 

My thoughts:
Oh these people, I think they got suburbia cabin fever because they all have their secrets and messy lives.

The book is about Janice who arrives to chaos. Her sister's husband has been cheating with a younger woman. They are now fighting and Caroline does not want to give it all up.

But then the chaos gets worse as a neighbor shows up through a window. It seems Caroline was not as innocent as she seemed. And the neighbour and wife will have their own fight.

As Janice tries to meddle in the crisis we learn that she has her own drama. Which was a bit sadder than the suburban drama with the rest.

The book takes place during a weekend. There are fights, revelations and well, everyone makes their own happiness. Nothing is perfect and hearts do not always come into the equation.

It was like watching a train wreck unfold. Messy lives makes for messy neighbors. Dry wit.

Not a fan, it makes it...chick litish

Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: February 2nd 2017 by Allen & Unwin
For review


  1. A very interesting and intricate story line this one has.

  2. This sounds a little too dramatic for my taste.

  3. Weekend from hell it seems. Ugh! They need new hobbies for sure lol

  4. Hm... you had me at the dry wit. I do like that. I think I need to read more in this genre and this sounds like a good one.

  5. Oh yeah, that's such a chick lit cover.

  6. Ah, these stories that take you into the dark underbelly of suburbia. I always look at these books and think how bizarre, but somewhere in the world there are probably people living lives stranger than fiction...

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. The dark underbelly of suburbia, well put, I wish I had said that. Because it is so true

  7. I'm glad life isn't too messy for me...I couldn't handle it

  8. Ha, I was thinking train wreck too!

  9. I love the phrase "suburbia cabin fever," such a good way to describe it!



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