Helen lives a quiet, uneventful life as wife, mother, dutiful daughter to her own ailing mother, registered nurse. She tries to be a good person, she recycles, obeys the water restrictions, she’s even polite to telemarketers. Helen was used to putting everyone’s needs before her own, she didn’t know any other way.
But it only takes one momentary lapse of concentration to shatter her quiet life forever. Helen is left clinging to the last shreds of her orderly, routine existence, with no idea how to move on, even if she wanted to.
There was no such momentary lapse for Gemma, she had never done anything by halves, and she had certainly never been quiet about it. Nothing short of full-blown recklessness leaves her pregnant, alone, estranged from her family, with a once-promising career in advertising in tatters.
So when she barges unceremoniously into Helen’s life, things will never be the same again for either of them. FALSE ADVERTISING is about loss and grief and second chances, it’s about knowing when to hang on, and knowing when to move on. And it’s about realising that when life falls short of our expectations, it was all just false advertising anyway.
Truthful Chick lit
Helen and Gemma are two different women who have one thing in common – their lives have fallen short of their expectations, but by the end of the book they share a lot more. In False Advertising it is obvious that Helen and Gemma’s lives are going to intersect but the extent of their influence on each other will take most readers by surprise.
False Advertising is the latest blockbuster by one of Australia’s most talented chick lit authors. One of Blacklock’s real talents is the truth of her characterisation – getting that balance of likeability and flaws just right so that the characters are real yet not too flawed. As a reader you care enough about them so that the outcome of the story can have an emotional impact on you.
Helen and Gemma deal with a lot of issues that readers will also have to deal with and by the end of the book they feel like old friends.
Catherine Proctor, Dymock’s Warringah Mall. MANLY DAILY, 27 APRIL 2007