Crossed Wires by Rosy Thornton

Synopsis on the jacket of the book:

This is the story of Mina, a girl at a Sheffield call centre, whose next customer in the queue is Peter, a Cambridge geography don, who has crashed his car into a tree stumo when swerving to avoid a cat.

Despite their obvious differences, they’ve got a lot in common – both single, both parents, both looking for love.  Could it be that they’ve just found it?

Crossed Wires is an old-fashioned fairy tale.  It is about the small joys and tribulations of parenthood; about one-ness and two-ness; about symmetry and coincidence; about the things that separate us and the things that bring us together.

I really enjoyed this novel.  Peter and especially Mina, are very well drawn and believable characters.  Although a lot of the book is about the problems they face in bringing up their respective children, many of the issues are ones which we can all identify with, parents or not.

All of the supporting cast of characters – from Peter’s friends Jeremy, Martin and Trish, to Mina’s mom, stepdad and sister are brought effectively to life, and I found myself really starting to care about them.

The reader gets to see far more of Peter and Mina’s respective lives than they do of each other, and therefore when misunderstandings arise between the two of them, the reader is able to see the truth behind certain events before the characters do.  I  found myself rooting for both Mina and Peter, and groaning when things went awry.  

The book is very well written, and is both an intelligent novel and a real page turner.  I am definitely going to be looking out for more by this author!

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