As with almost every book I read, I determined to persevere until the end. If there's one thing I hate, it is giving up on a read. I can count on the fingers of one hand the total number of books I've failed to finish over the years. In the case of A Cunning Plan, persevering was well worth the effort. As the plot unfolded and the little twists began to play out, I got caught up in this tale following the adventures of neurotic housewife Sloane Harper.
Sloane, cheated on and divorced by her husband, has been on an all-out mission to win her ex-husband back from his lover, for the sanctity of her family and her two little girls. Children need their father and I need my husband is her mantra. A chance encounter with a supposed IRS Agent takes Sloan on a trip into the criminal underworld and trans-national crime in London. Her adventures, from that point on rocket along at a great pace.
I do particularly like Arditi's writing style. It is light, breezy and perfectly suited to this type of frothy romantic comedy. One thing I particularly enjoyed about her main character was the voyage of self-discovery she was on in this story. We watched her development from a neurotic, self-deprecating, doormat into a confident, determined and successful woman, who finally knew what she wanted from life.
As a "rom-com", this book succeeds very well. The humour Aditi injects into her words is, at times, genuinely funny. The female characters in this story; her Mother Bizzy and her housekeeper Claudia are larger than life and very funny at times.
If you like romantic-comedy, I know you will like this book. As I said, it was a little bit of a struggle for me initially, but one I was very glad I pushed through. This is a fun read and it left me wondering; what next for Sloane? and What about Ethan? Any author who can make a reader search for a possible sequel has done his or her job well. In the end, I enjoyed A Cunning Plan and happily award it the four stars I felt it deserved. Check this one out, you won't be sorry you did.