Stop the Clock by Alison Mercer is a fabulous new book about three women who are growing older and are growing up! There is definitely a difference between the two things! It is an immensely readable book that is likely to appeal to any woman who knows what it is like to go through the highs and the lows of a close friendship.
The three main characters are Lucy, Tina and Natalie. Although they are very different and want different things from life, they have been friends since they were at university together. Now in their mid thirties, they are still close but there are also cracks starting to appear in their friendship as they all seem to be heading in different directions. At this stage in their lives, they each believe that they are happy with the choices that they have made and what they have achieved. But are they? Things are about to change for all of them which will force each woman to re-evaluate her life!
Lucy is happily married with two lovely daughters and all she wants is to be the perfect wife and mother. Tina has no interest in finding a husband or having children so long as she can be a successful journalist. Natalie is married to the man she met at college and is expecting her first baby but something is causing her serious doubts. All three might think they have it all but is it truly what each one wants? I’ll say no more about the story but I will say that ‘Stop the Clock’ is well worth reading to find out what happens to each woman.
I loved reading Stop the Clock from the moment that I picked it up and it only took me a couple of days to devour the four hundred pages that provided such a great story. In fact there are really three separate stories with the women only coming together at key points in the book. All three stories were wonderful though and I was hooked on all of them. All three storylines contained themes about relationships and motherhood that were very easy to identify with.
All three main characters were fabulous too. They were all very different to one another but this made it more entertaining. They all seemed very real and likeable and I found myself really caring about what happened to all three. I also loved the strength of their friendship and it didn’t matter if they sometimes upset each other of didn’t make contact for ages. Theirs was a prevailing friendship and I liked that fact.
Stop the Clock is Alison Mercer’s début novel and it deserves to be very successful as it is a very well crafted book. It has strong characters and absorbing storylines. I can only hope that this is only the first of many books from her and I will look forward to reading the next one with great anticipation.
Stop the Clock by Alison Mercer
Published by Black Swan, August 2012
I’m very grateful to the publishers for sending me a copy to review.
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