Review: The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard by Robert Bryndza


Title: The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard {Coco Pinchard #1}

Author: Robert Bryndza

Published: Bryndza Books 2012

Status: Read from November 25 to 27, 2014 — I own a copy   {Courtesy the author}

My Thoughts:

The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard is the first book from Robert Bryndza to feature the titular character, a forty something year old wife, mother and new author. It’s Christmas and Coco is hosting the annual family lunch which includes her husband Daniel, who is late to the festivities, her near-adult son, Rosencranzt, David’s mother, Ethel, and his sister and her husband, Meryl and Tony.

Related via a series of emails largely from Coco to her best friends, Chris, a wealthy trust fund baby, and Marika, a single and cynical schoolteacher with a fondness for wine, the reader is privy to the spiraling disaster that is Coco’s life. Firstly her musical director husband announces he has signed a contract for a new tour, later she finds him in bed with his leading lady and hungover after drowning her sorrows, Coco makes an offhand remark in a radio interview that results in her being dropped by her publishing agent and her book, <i>Chasing Diana Spencer</i>, being pulped. It seems things can’t get much worse when Ethel has a stroke and Coco is forced to take her in and her son is betrayed by his lover and arrested for drug smuggling. The one bright spot for Coco is meeting her handsome allotment neighbour, Adam, but even that is complicated, especially when Daniel returns, and wants her back.

The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard is a witty tale of domestic mid life crisis. There is a touch of romance, wry observation and lots of laugh out loud humour as Coco lurches from one disaster to another.
An entertaining read to provide an escape from the ordinary grind of life.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. thebookdate
    Dec 03, 2014 @ 15:29:16

    Sounds like a good read and a possible epistolary fiction book for The Eclectic Reader challenge next year if I get stuck!



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