Monday, August 24, 2020

Five novels featuring parenting gone wild

Pamela Crane is a professional juggler. Not one who can toss flaming torches in the air (though how cool would that be?), but a juggler of four kids, a writing addiction, a horse rescuer, and a book editor by trade. Her USA Today best-selling books unravel flawed women—some she knows, some she creates.

Crane's new novel is Pretty Ugly Lies.

At CrimeReads she tagged five novels powered by the unpredictability of childrearing, including:
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Oh, the mama drama found in this witty take on parents behaving badly. Three women’s lives interconnect as Madeline, Celeste, and Jane’s kids all go to the same elementary school. Yet beyond the schoolyard where the biggest issue is who bit whom, their lives are littered with secrets and scandal that end in death.

Parenthood is the perfect primer for a riveting thriller. Anyone with kids knows that the day-to-day chaos with children can drive you homicidal (just me?). From one parent to another, I won’t judge you, but feel free to tell me about your child’s plot-worthy antics and you might just see them in my next book!
Read about the other entries on the list.

Big Little Lies is among Michelle Frances's eight top workplace thrillers and Jeff Somers's teen novels that teach you something about marriage.

--Marshal Zeringue