Release date - 23rd August 2018
Book length - 416 pages
Publisher - Orion Publishing
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
A couple, now separated. Their daughter. Their new partners. One epic Christmas vacation. What could go wrong?
This razor-sharp novel puts a darkly comic twist on seasonal favorites like Love Actually and The Holiday.
Meet The Adults.
Claire and Matt are no longer together but decide that it would be best for their daughter, Scarlett, to have a “normal” family Christmas. They can’t agree on whose idea it was to go to the Happy Forest holiday park, or who said they should bring their new partners. But someone did—and it’s too late to pull the plug. Claire brings her new boyfriend, Patrick (never Pat), a seemingly sensible, eligible from a distance Ironman in Waiting. Matt brings the new love of his life, Alex, funny, smart, and extremely patient. Scarlett, who is seven, brings her imaginary friend Posey. He’s a giant rabbit. Together the five (or six?) of them grit their teeth over Forced Fun Activities, drink a little too much after Scarlett’s bedtime, overshare classified secrets about their pasts . . . and before you know it, their holiday is a powder keg that ends where this novel begins—with a tearful, frightened call to the police.
What happened? They said they’d all be adults about this. . . .
THE ADULTS by Caroline Hulse is a sharp-witted, clever, often funny, tale of family, as old partners and new get together for the Christmas holidays to make it perfect for Scarlett, the little girl who holds them all together.
Claire and her partner Patrick, together with Matt and his partner Alex, are going to spend Christmas together in a picture perfect holiday park in the woods so that Scarlett, Claire and Matt's daughter, can experience a magical Christmas together as one big happy family. What can go wrong? After all, they are all intelligent, sensible adults who want the best for each other. Right? But life and emotions are never as straightforward in practice and as jealousy, misunderstandings, old flames, and an imaginary bunny start to get in the way, it is only a matter of time before someone gets hurt ... and not just in the figurative sense!
The characters in this story are intelligent, independent, and determined to be grown up with their blended family situation, but like us all, they are also flawed, each in their own way, and it is their insecurities and failings that bubble to the surface in this postcard holiday moment. The story flowed well for me and I was never bored, and I enjoyed the byplay between everyone but I must admit I expected this to be a lighter story judging from the description and the cover, and I didn't expect the darker undertone that could be sensed throughout.
Overall, I enjoyed THE ADULTS by Caroline Hulse and would recommend it to anyone who has had to spend time in close quarters with family members that they would rather avoid. A solid story.
Caroline Hulse spends most of her days writing, having fulfilled her dream of having a job she could do in pyjamas. She also works in Human Resources sometimes.
She is openly competitive and loves playing board and card games. She can often be found in casino poker rooms, and wishes other people would want to play Cluedo for money.
She lives with her husband in Manchester, UK, where the two are captive to the whims of a small, controlling dog.he Goodreads database with this name.
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