Katherine Faulkner is an award-winning journalist. Her debut novel, Greenwich Park, is set in the UK where she lives and grew up.
The last few years have been tough on Helen. She has been trying for a successful pregnancy with her handsome architect husband. But now she’s pregnant, and this time it’s different. She knows that this time, she’ll get to meet her little baby, and spend her happily after in their beautifully renovated home off of Greenwich Park.
Ready to revel in all aspects motherhood, Helen signs up for a local prenatal class. There, she meets young single mother-to-be Rachel. She isn’t the type of friend Helen can imagine herself with—a smoking, drinking, loud and obnoxious young woman, but in a way, she’s fun, and with little else to distract her, Helen wonders, “what’s the harm in being friends?”
With Rachel’s increasingly erratic behaviour, and Helen’s due date nearing, Helen begins to think that meeting Rachel wasn’t an accident after all.
|I feel kind of bad for not enjoying this read, as a lot of others definitely do! The writing itself is quite pretty, with interesting and compelling descriptions that make it easy to imagine the intricacies of many scenes. Unfortunately, though, most of my time reading this one just made me annoyed.
From characters with little redeemable qualities (I love bad characters a ton, but this one felt too unbalanced), to nonsensical actions; I couldn’t believe the behaviour of anyone in this book.
Sometimes, strange behaviour works fine in line with the characters, sometimes I even let it slide if it’s for a great plot reason, but there were a few instances in Greenwich Park that there didn’t seem to be any reason for it (a character at a pub down the road from the house of a pregnant woman on her due date, insisting that said pregnant woman come down to the pub in the sleeting night instead of going to her house?!).
If this kind of thing bothers you, you may want to avoid this novel. But if you have a high threshold for disbelief, you may want to read it for the compelling mystery.
Why read Greenwich Park?
- Female author
- Multiple POV
- Domestic suspense
- Varied female characters
Rachel is Helen's new friend. But who is Rachel, really?