I’ve already read a lot of books set in Queensland, and once you go outside John Birmingham and Nick Earls, most of them seem to be super heavy historical tales about racism. So when I saw this one I bought it just for the title: Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerrilla Knitters Institute – isn’t that just fantastic? Maggie Groff should be pretty proud of that one!
Synopsis (from GoodReads)
When a secretive American cult moves to the Gold Coast, freelance journalist Scout Davis’s investigative antennae start quivering. She sets out to expose the cult’s lunatic beliefs and bizarre practices, but when she learns the identity of a recent recruit, her quest becomes personal. And dangerous.
The cult isn’t the only case on Scout’s agenda. Someone is cutting up girls’ underwear at an exclusive school and Scout agrees to look into it. And the sinister secret behind the vandalism is not nice. Not at all.
But Scout has her secrets too. In the dead of night she sneaks out with an underground group of yarn bombers to decorate the locality with artworks. The next mission ticks all the right boxes – it’s risky, difficult and extremely silly. However, not everyone is amused, and Scout has a sneaking suspicion that the local police sergeant, Rafe Kelly, is hot on her tail.
What I Loved
The main character Scout was fantastic, really engaging and well drawn out. The story cut the heavier topics of bullying and cults with an entertaining secondary story about guerrilla knitters. A great light read for a day by the beach. A definite must read for fans of Janet Evanovich or Marian Keyes.
What I Didn’t Love
It was a little slow to start and the ending makes it very obvious its designed to be the first in a series, rather than being self contained. I also felt some of the central relationships weren’t well fleshed out particularly Scout/Toby and Scout/Harper – I didn’t get why she puts up with the things she does, there’s obviously some history there that the author has chosen not to reveal. Overall though these are small complaints, it was still a really fun book.
My Rating: (3.5 / 5)