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Cat Lady: The hot, must-read Richard & Judy Book Club novel for summer 2023 from the Sunday Times bestselling author

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I've found with other Dawn O'Porter novels that her characters aren't fleshed out very well and it's still the case in this novel. Somehow DO'P has missed that mothers day is always a Sunday and has her characters going to work that day which doesn't make any sense. The story skips along – and has the standard SHOCK moment that I’ve come to expect from Dawn’s fiction books. This is another of those books about quirky oddballs finding their place in the world that have been super popular in womens’ fiction in recent years. Over the course of the book her life spirals in all different ways possible, and you do feel sorry for her as a character.

I promised my mother in law that she could have this book once I had read it, because she truly is a cat lady - not in a weird way.She also covered most current topics like racism (her boss she works for says some racist things), sustainability etc. She sleeps in a separate room from her husband and pencils in sex several times a week - she won't sleep with him because he doesn't want animals in their bed after a strange occurrence. I have loved Dawn’s previous writing – fiction and non fiction – and would consider myself a fan, following her on Instagram and subscribing to her Patreon page.

Leaving aside some really explicit stuff just thrown in there for shock value (at one point early on I was very worried that this woman was going to sexually abuse her cat), it's a story about a woman who has quite a tough, lonely upbringing who feels like she needs to conform to certain standards. So – a few pages in and I didn’t have high hopes – however, I did get more into the book as it went on and so am not going to be totally negative about it I promise!Dawn O’Porter is the bestselling author of ‘The Cows’ and the Richard and Judy Book Club pick ‘So Lucky’ and her latest non-fiction title ‘Life in Pieces’ was also a Sunday Times bestseller. What Mia is truly lacking are friends and she's so lonely that she joins a therapy group for people who are grief-stricken after losing their pets - even though hers is still very much alive. Don’t get me wrong, if you got rid of all the uncomfortable encounters, or at least toned it down a little, it would’ve had the potential to become quite an impactful story about mental health and self discovery, and at times it was. There are few remotely likeable characters in the whole thing - her colleague Fliss, her put-upon sister Liz, and the members of her poor maligned support group. She has met a new group of friends at a pet bereavement group, and is slowly finding peace in the world.

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