Yet another GN excellent read. Susan’s voice is so distinctive and the reasons for her spikiness become apparent through the narrative, making her a sympathetic character despite this. The author has a gift for producing well rounded characters. Even the awful brother and aunt aren’t all bad!
Love the way that Sarah Haywood’s life experiences as lawyer, Brummie and mother are used to bring this well written story to,life. Would like to ask if there is any chance of a sequel? I was sorry to finish this book.
That’s so good to hear; thank you! When writing, I enjoy mixing up fiction and fact, using not only some of my more significant life experiences, such as my legal career and childhood in Birmingham, but also tiny details (for example, Susan’s mum’s car is my own VW Polo). On the subject of a sequel, I would never say never. By the time I finished writing The Cactus, I thought of Susan as a friend – albeit a very awkward and infuriating one. It was hard saying goodbye, and I do miss her. The book finishes as Susan is in the process of opening up her life, and I’d love to explore the impact of motherhood and strong interpersonal relationships in the longer term. At the moment, though, I’m trying to nudge Susan to one side.