It's not often that I pick up a book that seems to be quintessentially a chick lit - but for some reason this one just appealed to me. I actually meant to read Hilary Spiers' Hester and Harriet when I was on holiday, but I just didn't manage to get around to it and so I actually ended up reading this in one sitting in a single day after a particularly rough night's sleep. I have to say it's not often that I come out from reading a book that isn't a thriller feeling as though I've really enjoyed it - but I was definitely pleasantly surprised when it came to this one.
This books follows the story of two ageing sisters living together after the deaths of their husbands. In order to avoid a particularly unpleasant family gathering on Christmas Day, Hetty and Harry take a young girl and her baby home with them - but it seems that there's more to the girl than she's letting on; and with eyes on the girl and baby that they're trying so hard to keep a secret, and a nephew that has run away from his life with his parents - Hetty and Harry's life seems to have gone from uneventful to scarily intense in a matter of days.
The story is beautifully written, and so packed with detail that it's easy to forget that the whole story only actually takes place on the seven days between Christmas and New Year's Day. The book is thought provoking, and makes you question your moral stance and, beyond being lovely and easy to read, it's actually just a great book with a good amount of twists and turns along the way. It's one that made me want to pass it on to my friends for the Summer holidays which usually means that I rate it pretty highly!
All in all - I really enjoyed Hester and Harriet and I'd be keen to see what other offerings Hilary Spears has to offer. What are you reading this week?