The Playdate

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Pan Macmillan UK, May 1, 2012 - Fiction - 352 pages
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You leave your kids with a friend. Everyone does it. Until the day it goes wrong.

Single mother Callie has come to rely heavily on her best friend Suzy. But Callie suspects Suzy's life isn't as simple as it seems. It's time Callie pulled away - and going back to work is just the first step towards rediscovering her old confidence. So why does she keep putting off telling Suzy about her new job?

Suzy and Callie live close to each other on a typical cramped, anonymous London street. Neighbours seem to move in and move on before you have even learned their names. Callie's increased sense of alienation leads her to try to befriend a new resident on her street, Debs. But Debs is anxious, odd. You wouldn't trust her with your child - especially not if you knew anything about her past.

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User Review  - jjaylynny - LibraryThing

Odd, lightweight and mildly entertaining. Effective in that there are red herrings of characters everywhere, because they were all friggin' crazy. And a nicely tart look at modern parenting and what makes a "good" mother. Read full review

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User Review  - JudithDCollins - LibraryThing

Thought-provoking debut novel, The Playdate by Louise Millar, offers an inside view of friendships, and neighbors; every parent’s nightmare, where things are not as they seem, for a suspenseful, yet ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Louise Millar was brought up in Scotland. She began her journalism career in mainly music and film magazines, working as a sub-editor for Kerrang!, Smash Hits, the NME and Empire. She later moved into features, working as a commissioning editor on women's magazines. She has written for Marie Claire, Red, Psychologies, Stella (Telegraph magazine), the Independent, the Observer, Glamour, Stylist and Eve. She lives in London with her husband and daughters.

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