Review: Sleeping Arrangements by Madeleine Wickham

Sleeping Arrangements by Madeleine Wickham
Publication date: January 1, 2015

Number of pages: 304

Synopsis: Chloe needs a holiday. She’s sick of making wedding dresses, her partner Philip has troubles at work, the whole family wants a break. Her wealthy friend Gerard has offered the loan of his luxury villa in Spain – perfect.

Hugh is not a happy man. His immaculate wife Amanda seems more interested in her new kitchen than in him, and he works so hard to pay for it, he barely has time for his children. Maybe he’ll have a chance to bond with them on holiday. His old friend Gerard has lent them a luxury villa in Spain – perfect.

Both families arrive at the villa and realise the awful truth – Gerard has double-booked. What no-one else realises is that Chloe and Hugh have a history, and as tensions rise within the two families, old passions resurface. It seems that Gerard’s ‘accidental’ double booking may not be an accident after all…

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

When I picked up this book, I was expecting a fun, light read. Sadly, I got a very confusing book with characters and a story I couldn’t connect with. Well, at the end, I thought I was understanding the characters, but turns out I couldn’t.

I really didn’t like the main characters or way of writing/narration. At times it seemed as though the author was trying too hard to make things funny/serious/whatever. Sure, there were definitely some funny moments, but not enough to keep me interested. Also, some of the turns the book took were completely out of left field. (That’s the expression, right?)

Anyway, I did really like the incorporation of two very different families. Having them run into, and then share a house was interesting as it showed the complete differences in families and made the situation more comical.

Overall, I really did not like Sleeping Arrangements as the characters and story were totally confusing. That said, I would recommend it to people who like a family-centered, light comeedic read.


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