Published by Two Roads
Available in hardback, ebook and audio
Paperback is forthcoming
Sarah Haywood's debut novel, The Cactus, is a novel about letting go of control your life and enjoy the complications and diversions.
Fans of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion will love the protagonist, Susan Green. Just like the characters in Simsion's and Honeyman's novels, she is eccentric, annoying but sweet even before one paragraph has ended. She has a rigid life and it's about to unravel out of her control.
Prickly on the outside like a cactus, Sarah Green has wrapped herself up in rules and regulations and a seemingly perfect life to protect herself from dealing with emotions. Haywood creates a fascinating and yet frustrating character with Sarah - she is closed off from the real world, living in a tiny bubble, not really wanting to acknowledge the importance of the people in her life.
Sarah's has the perfect life - a flat in London, a job that she loves for its logical angle, a casual arrangement with a man where both of them can avoid emotional ties but have someone to enjoy dinners, theatre and sex. This life is about to be shaken up even though Sarah is fierce and determined not to let her life become tangled up in family politics and lies.
Following the loss of her mother, and the prospect of becoming a mother, Sarah's life starts to unravel. Secrets and lies start to reveal themselves but Sarah starts to see that she has more friends than she thought she needed.
Uncovering family secrets and feuds will unravel Susan's life. This book shows readers how stepping outside our comfort zones can be more interesting and fun rather than living within self-imposed boundaries.
This is an enjoyable, funny and sweet story. You can buy The Cactus from your favourite bookshop.
I was sent a copy via Bookbridgr.