Review: Mad About You by Sinéad Moriarty


Title: Mad About You

Author: Sinéad Moriarty

Published: Penguin  July 2013

Read Chapter One

Status: Read from July 31 to August 01, 2013 — I own a copy {Courtesy Penguin Ireland/Netgalley}

My Thoughts:

In Sinéad Moriarty’s ninth novel, Mad About You, she revisits Emma Hamilton and her family. First introduced in The Baby Trail, we followed Emma and her husband James in their quest to become parents in A Perfect Match and then From Here to Maternity. In their ten year marriage, Emma and James have weathered the heart break of infertility, the joy of new parenthood and the stress of unemployment but when the family is forced to move from Ireland to London cracks begin to form. James is working all the time and Emma is lonely, despite finding a job with her sister, so when James begins to receive racy texts, and Emma threatening messages, Emma grows increasingly suspicious of her husband and their marriage begins to buckle under the strain.

The tension in the novel isn’t sustained by identifying the stalker but by the question of if the marriage can survive the suspicion and mistrust that eats away at Emma. Who is responsible for the texts, notes and packages is glaringly obvious from the moment the perpetrator is introduced into the storyline. I found that disappointing to be honest since it renders the plot entirely predictable even if it makes sense that she is the one person Emma would overlook.

I liked Emma more in the previous novels than in Mad About You. Here she tends to be a little self righteous, especially when she lectures Lacey and Babs about their choices, and later becomes rather shrill and hysterical in response to the stalker’s harassment. I understand her distress but Emma seems determined to believe the worst of James.

The novel also addresses the challenges of motherhood, especially in regards to juggling the needs and demands of children with individual desires and career ambition. The marriage of Emma’s best friend Lacey to Donal is disintegrating under Lacey’s indifference to motherhood and the satisfaction she gains from her demanding job. Babs, Emma’s sister, ends a pregnancy that could derail her career. Emma is slightly horrified by her neighbour’s choice to never use babysitters, something that Emma has no qualms about whether it is to provide care for her children while she is at work, give her time alone with James or just a few hours to herself.

I did enjoy Mad About You, it was a pleasant day’s distraction and an easy read though ultimately offered nothing particularly memorable.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Charlie
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 21:22:56

    I’m relatively new to your blog (found you when looking for a challenge and am doing the eclectic) but just wanted to say – Man!!! I can’t believe how quickly you can read! Very envious. Thanks for the reviews.



  2. laurelrainsnow
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 23:12:57

    This sounds like a series I should explore….It probably would not do to pick up this one without reading some of the background stories.

    Great review….



  3. Kristen burns
    Aug 16, 2013 @ 01:12:03

    Dis book is real good. I read it wen go on hols wot wiv da long flight to Ma destination. Wen got der cud not put down cos it was v intense and was cnot wait for to see wot will happen next in da book.
    Dnot worry I will not give anything away haha. But it is must read book wot wiv da plot being v v good. And da carachters are witty and deep wiv a sense of wonder. Happy reading folks. Hope will enjoy as much as me xxx



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