Book Review – The Adults by Caroline Hulse

The Adults

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  It will be published November 27, 2018.

Claire and Matt are divorced and they have a young daughter, Scarlett.  Matt is now partners with Alex and Claire is with Patrick but it has been suggested that for the benefit of Scarlett, they should all spend Christmas together at a cabin.  While Matt springs this news to Alex as a “done deal” at the last minute I have to say that she takes the news much better than I would have.

The book opens with a promotional brochure from Happy Forest Holiday Park, the site where the cabin has been rented for Christmas.  Next is a transcript of a 999-call reporting that someone has been shot by an archery bow.  At this point, we are not totally sure who has been shot or who the shooter is.  The story then starts its backward rewinding so we see all the events leading up to the shooting.

I will give this book credit for an unusual storyline but I was looking forward to reading this as a Christmas book but it just didn’t feel Christmassy.  If you are looking for a book that puts you in the Christmas spirit, I don’t feel you will find it here but if you are looking for a book where the characters are heading for a train derailment and you just have to sit back and enjoy the ride, then it might be the book for you.

I have to say that my favorite character in the book is Scarlett’s imaginary friend, Posey who is a about a 4’ rabbit that talks to her.  He can be very sarcastic and funny (although mean sometimes too).

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