Thursday, December 26, 2019

Book Beginning: The Adults by Caroline Hulse



Matt had known about the trip for months before he dropped it into conversation.

The Adults by Caroline Hulse. A divorced couple convince their new partners to go on vacation together over Christmas for the good of their young daughter, who invites her imaginary friend Posey the giant purple rabbit along on the trip. Things go farcically downhill and blood is shed before the happy ending. It's a delightful holiday romp of a book.

From the publisher's description:

Claire and Matt are no longer together but decide that it would be best for their daughter, Scarlett, to have a “normal” family Christmas. They can’t agree on whose idea it was to go to the Happy Forest holiday park, or who said they should bring their new partners. But someone did—and it’s too late to pull the plug. Claire brings her new boyfriend, Patrick (never Pat), a seemingly sensible, eligible from a distance Ironman in Waiting. Matt brings the new love of his life, Alex, funny, smart, and extremely patient. Scarlett, who is seven, brings her imaginary friend Posey. He’s a giant rabbit. Together the five (or six?) of them grit their teeth over Forced Fun Activities, drink a little too much after Scarlett’s bedtime, overshare classified secrets about their pasts . . . and before you know it, their holiday is a powder keg that ends where this novel begins—with a tearful, frightened call to the police.

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Sometimes he felt like Claire enjoyed the whole thing a little too much. Like Claire wanted an imaginary friend too.


  1. I enjoyed this book. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This set up of ex's on vacation with their new partners is bursting with potential conflicts. I'm intrigued to find out how they make it through.

  3. Blood is shed in this delightful holiday romp, huh? My brain is not reconciling those two things, but I like the idea of holiday horror. xD This sounds like a really interesting book!

  4. This is why I love participating in these weekly memes - you hear about books you haven't heard before but sound right up your alley. Added to my TBR!

    Happy New Year!

  5. I am so curious for more, sounds like a good read! I added you to my linky. Wishing you the best for 2020!

  6. I never read this author but the book sounds really good. I'll have to check it out.

  7. It does sound like a recipe for disaster! Hope you enjoy it.

  8. What kind of blood? Death kind of blood or just a small cut? My Friday Quotes


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