I ran into Cathryn Grant’s website when I was researching the whole issue of indie authors. I liked a lot of what she had to say on her site—for a start, the name Suburban Noir is great—and downloaded The Demise of the Soccer Moms.

The arrival of Charlotte into the lives of the soccer Moms is like a stone dropped into a lake, causing ripples to spread out and upset the unstable characters who were previously coexisting peacefully. Cathryn builds the tension nicely as her characters go about their mundane, and not so mundane, business. The characters are well drawn and I had strong pictures of most of them in my mind. I particularly enjoyed Charlotte, the slightly off-beat character who is in fact the strongest and most stable of the Moms.

Demise is interesting in that it is clearly written by a woman and is entirely character driven, in counterpoint to my previous review of Vegas Moon, which is definitely written by a man. Recently, I have not read many woman authors—with the notable exception of Donna Leon—which is a shame.

I really enjoyed Demise. The tension builds chapter by chapter and you know that something awful is going to happen but you can’t quite figure what. The explosive ending is completely believable. If you like psycho-drama, this book is for you.

Because Cathryn is an indie author, you can buy The Demise of the Soccer Moms for Kindle at only $2.99. You can also buy it as a paperback. For more info, click here: The Demise of the Soccer Moms

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