The Cactus

By: Sarah Haywood

Susan Green is a perfectly rational, perfectly uptight woman facing a mid-life crisis – pregnancy. Her neatly designed and ordered life is not going to be disrupted by this however, not until her mother dies. Suddenly all messy hell breaks loose in her life. 

While I found this book quite enjoyable, I did not even like Susan for most of it. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone quite as uptight or disagreeable. The writing is fabulous, the other characters’ reactions to Susan perfect. Susan didn’t even start becoming human-like until mid-story. Maybe that’s the point. She is nearly robotic for the first part, but as life unravels around her, she needs to get with the changes or get on. 

In the end I have to say I was pretty happy with how things turned out. No spoilers here, but it’s nice to see a character find her way in the best way possible. Susan’s realization that her perfect, tidy world maybe wasn’t so perfect after all, makes the book. I wanted to love this book, but in the end I would say I liked it very much.

3.5 stars on Goodreads

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