The Playdate

You leave your kids with a friend down the street Everyone does it Until the day it goes wrong TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED In a quiet London suburb, a group of mothers relies on each other for friendship, favors, and gossip But some of them shouldn t be trusted, and others have dark secrets When Callie moved into her new neighborhood, she thought it would be easyYou leave your kids with a friend down the street Everyone does it Until the day it goes wrong.TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED In a quiet London suburb, a group of mothers relies on each other for friendship, favors, and gossip But some of them shouldn t be trusted, and others have dark secrets When Callie moved into her new neighborhood, she thought it would be easy to fit in The other parents have been strangely hostile, though, and her frail daughter Rae is finding it impossible to make friends Suzy, with her rich husband and her three energetic children, has been the only one to reach out, although their friendship has recently felt inexplicably strained Now the police have suggested that someone dangerous may be living in their neighborhood, and the atmosphere feels even toxic Then there s the matter of Callie s ex husband, and the shocking truth behind their divorce a truth that she would do anything to hide.
The Playdate You leave your kids with a friend down the street Everyone does it Until the day it goes wrong TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED In a quiet London suburb a group of mothers relies on each other for friendship

  • Title: The Playdate
  • Author: Louise Millar
  • ISBN: 9781451656671
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. These books! They're like a bag of donuts. You look at them, you know they won't do you any good or even be particularly satisfying, but one bite and you can't help but devour the lot. Then afterwards you feel a bit dirty, and say to yourself that you won't have any more. Ever. But one day you spot one, and think, why not? Treat yourself!! and it happens all over againThe Playdate has a very typical formula which seems to be hugely popular these days (chick lit dressed up as a psychological thri [...]

    2. In this case, the stars say it all. Millar's book is billed as a psychological thriller. Based on what I expected from the description on the back, it was OK. Not horrible, definitely not great. With a book like this, it's easier to point out the problems, so I'll take the easy road first. The biggest problem I had was really basic. We have only 3 main characters, which leaves us with only two potential "bad guys." According to standard plot mechanics, one will be a red herring. With that logic [...]

    3. The Playdate focuses on the lives on 3 women, in the same London street, and their relationships. Callie is a single mother to Rae, a child with a heart condition, dealing with the stresses of trying to be a good mother but also trying to work and be a seperate person from her daughter. Suzy is an American mother both homesick for her native country but also the long abscences of her husband. Debs is the new neighbour with strange behaviour and a past that is coming back to haunt her.I very much [...]

    4. Libro entretenido,mantiene la tensión hasta el final y no logras discernir quien es el bueno o el malo.Contado a tres voces se hace una lectura amena.Sería un buen libro para hacer una película de sobremesa.

    5. This story was very easy to listen to. Told in a chatty way by a pleasant narrator (Clarence Corbett, one of my favourite readers). But very little happened!The first half of the book set up the scene without managing to build any air of suspense. When the bombshell reveals finally came, they were clumsy at best and didn't ring true.I'm making it sound like a truly awful book which it wasn't, it just wasn't what I was expecting. This book is a great description of the daily struggle it is to a s [...]

    6. This book is billed as a pyschological thriller, but for me it was a real disappointment and not worthy of this label. It comes highly recommend by Sophie Hannah – one of my favourite authors and someone who writes truly riveting psychological thrillers herself – and has predominantly positive reviews on , but it’s not a book I’d particularly recommend.The narrative is split between three women living on the same street in north London: Callie, a single mum whose daughter has a heart con [...]

    7. If you like Sophie Hannah (as I do) then you will LOVE this book. It's about a woman named Callie, who worries a lot about her daughter, her friend Suzy, who has money and three kids and a great life, and a newcomer to the neighborhood, Debs. The book is told through the voices of all three women and let's just start to say when you think you've finally got a handle on things, BAM! If you like your stories psychologically intense and enjoy saying "Wait, WHAT?" then you'll love this one. PS Sophi [...]

    8. I bought this book for all the wrong reasons. I liked the cover, it was displayed prominently on the front table in my local book shop and (or because) it's set in Alexander Palace which is just down the road from me. I didn't really fancy the story and, on leafing through, didn't get a sense that it was my kind of thing. But what the hell? I've got a bit of a closed mind when it comes to selecting books so decided to open it for once.And what a pleasant surprise. Briefly, the book follows three [...]

    9. From the beginning, you know that the three main characters have deep, dark secrets. Callie, unmarried mother of Rae, has a rocky relationship with Rae's father and it has become worse since she made the decision to venture back into work outside her London suburb. Suzy, transplanted American, is Callie's best and only friend. She passionately loves her three sons and is almost too possessive of her best friend; but she would do anything for Callie and Rae. Finally, Debs and husband Allen are ne [...]

    10. Not my cup of tea. But I did get a few interesting local interest tidbits for my next trip to London. I was quite intrigued by the ladies pool at Hampstead Heath. I read the first 100 plus pages and then I began to become impatient. My problem is that the three main women characters were actually quite good and in a straight chicklit narrative I would have responded to them. But since they had to serve the psychological thriller narrative, they got cheated out of being rounded characters. After [...]

    11. I had a hard time rating this book. I didn't actually dislike it but I felt the synopsis led me to believe it was going to be something it was not. It was a decent story overall but it took so long to get going that I lost interest early on and it was very slow to return. I was expecting a chilling psychological thriller and I don't think it was chilling or a thriller. I might give this author another chance but I wouldn't personally recommend this book to anyone.

    12. An amazing book I really enjoyed reading this and it goes to show that you really don't know people as well as you think you do I loved the twist it was quite unexpected I can't wait for the next book to be released, I will certainly be reading it :) x

    13. an enjoyable thriller with many turns and it didnt always look like it at face value until you know the background. this book took a little while to get going but once the flow of the story got going was a good read

    14. 'You never know who you can trust with your own kids.'Callie and Suzy are neighbours on Churchill Road in north London, close to Alexandra Palace. Callie's daughter Rae has a heart condition and she has to be careful not to over exert herself. American Suzy has a son, Henry, who is friends with Rae, and also she has twin sons. New neighbours Debs and her husband Allen move into the street, next door to Suzy. Callie is separated from husband Tom, whilst Suzy's husband Jez seems to spend every hou [...]

    15. Excellent twisty psychological thriller with 3 deeply flawed female lead characters - loved it.The story focusses on 3 very different female lead characters - all easy to relate to and extremely well constructed yet whom as we get to know them are all in different ways deeply flawed characters.Callie is bringing up her daughter Rae single handed and is deeply protective of her rather fragile daughter. Both find it hard to make friends and be accepted so Callie has come to rely on the friendship [...]

    16. The Playdate is a psychological thriller about three women with school-aged children. The main protagonist, Callie Roberts is a single mum craving to go back to work - and to her old life and self - as a sound designer in London's Soho. She needs to rely heavily on her new best friend, Suzy, a apparently happy wife of a banker and mother of two boys. But all is not as it seems with either Suzy, Callie or the new neighbour across the road, Debs, who works as a teacher's assistant at Rae's school. [...]

    17. There are three women all living on the same street in London whose lives connect and entwine. Callie is a single mother whose daughter has a heart condition. Suzy is Callie’s married best friend who is a home-sick American with three kids, and helps her out a lot, especially with her daughter. There is a distinct difference between the two social statuses, but they seem to have a codependent relationship. Debs, a teacher, has just moved to the street with her new husband. When Callie gets a j [...]

    18. I loved this book. It wasn't what I expected from the summary on and I am really glad I ended up buying it. It is the story of three women, all of whom are neighbours on the same London street and who, through both necessity and circumstance, find their lives entwined. Callie and her daughter Rae are the focus of the story. A single mom, Callie finds that she leans heavily on her neighbour Suzy after they both move into the street at the same time. Despite become close, neither are being comple [...]

    19. I managed to get a proof copy of this book, and have to admit I was totally hooked. It's the sort of book that proves impossible to put down. The characters and situations were very realistic - which in the end is kind of a worry - and the whole story had me reading whenever I could and thinking about the book when I wasn't reading.There are three main characters - Callie, Suzy and Debs. They all live on the same street in London, and Callie and Suzy share childcare and are best of friends, unti [...]

    20. I enjoyed this one- wasn't sure whether it should be a 3 or 4*. It totally wasn't what I was expecting it to be, purely picking it based on the title and fluffy cover. It was a suspense story- who can you really trust to look after your children? Two neighbours often take care of each others children after school, at the park etc. All the other mums seem to be unfriendly with them. Another neighbour moves in- is she what she seems? Callies daughter gets hurt when Deb the new neighbour brings her [...]

    21. I agree with many of the reviews: while this book is definitely effective as a breezy, gripping story, it is definitely a first novel, which is fine. I understand the need for coincidences and deus ex machina moments, and even the every-chapter cliffhanger. It works for Gossip Girl, so why not here?One thing I didn't see mentioned that I saw as the major flaw with Millar's clunky characterization: the character's motivations, and the revealing thereof, frankly SUCK. We get page after page of wha [...]

    22. I thought this book was good but over-hyped. Kind of like Rachel Cusk, but trying a little too hard for the darkness. The characters were likeable, and the story is well-written, but if you have half a clue about human nature, it's kind of predictable. The family-working mom aspect of it was the main draw for me; the psychological thriller part was secondary, and the book's weakest aspect.This is worth checking out; it would also be a good choice for a mom's club or women's reading group since i [...]

    23. Four and a half stars.A gripping read, where one is transported fully into the lives of three women, struggling with themselves, with life, with their relationships.This book was fascinating and real - except for the reveal - which seemed a little unlikely and a bit tawdry. That's my only gripe! Otherwise it would have been a five star read.I found it interesting how two of the women were victims in one way or another, and that 'the baddie' seemed to do what she did due to the cruelty she had re [...]

    24. I read this book in two days; it was impossible to put down and almost every second chapter finished with a twist or development or niggle of uncertainty which made it hard to stop. I enjoyed the way the book is told from three different perspectives. It's very similar to the Liane Moriarty books which are faovurites of mine. Out of all the twists in this story, there was only one that I saw coming and even then it played out differently to how I imagined it all unfolding. I was surprised at how [...]

    25. I love the way this book unfolds, hint by hint, reveal by reveal, taking us from a false sense of security where everything seems perfectly fine, to the chilling moment when we realize serious danger lurks beneath the surface of at least one main character. Some twists and turns I was able to guess based on careful close reading of the text; others, I never could have anticipated. The fact that the author uses three points of view is impressive enough, but to have each narrator hide things from [...]

    26. A psychological debut novel of Louise Millar. The first 3/4 of the book were interesting but in the last quarter of the book its characters take such a turn that I suddenly felt that I no longer know the characters. Everything I believed about each character changed and it was hardly palpable. Each chapter describes the development of each main character and I got lost: who was I reading about? What's going on? How did the change occur? I felt very disappointed. The development could have been m [...]

    27. I enjoyed this book more than many I have read recently. I liked the flow of her sentences and the imagery. However, given that it's billed as a psychological thriller, it wasn't thrilling in any way, shape or form. Intriguing would be a better word. I thought Debs was the most rounded character and I wanted to know her back story, but we just didn't get there. I couldn't get to grips with Suzy's personality at all and Callie turned out to be someone I didn't like! Having said that, I did want t [...]

    28. 3.5 Three women living in a suburb of London, none as they appear as they all have secrets. A chilling look at the trust one places in their friends and acquaintances. trust that may not be warranted. Anyone with kids will find this book frightening, questioning can one really trust the people who are watching their children. Fast paced, intriguing, though I can't say I actually liked any of the characters, I could definitely identify with a mother wanting to return to work, trying to have a lif [...]

    29. It took a while for this to get going, and a while to explain itself. The author is from the U.K. so books are set up differently, and this a first time novel as well, so I do take some of that into account. Overall, it was better than I expected it to be,the end a little obvious, but there were a few things I did not see coming and if you read my reviews regularly, you know that is a very hard thing to do. All in all it is a decent book, and her next one seems worth taking a look at.

    30. Very believable and relatable for any mother struggling to combine work, childcare, relationships and friendships. And very plausible too in anonymous big cities and neighbourhoods with constantly changing populations. I wasn't sure whom to believe at first, but felt myself naturally more sympathetic towards one of the characters (perhaps not the one you might expect.) A book that had me hooked, finished it off in a few hours on a rainy day.

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