Never Mind Miss Fox by Olivia Glazebrook

Never Mind Miss Fox by Olivia GlazebrookNever Mind Miss Fox by Olivia Glazebrook
Published by Little, Brown Book Group on 8/19/2014
Source: Publisher
Pages: 256
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When Clive and Martha’s daughter, Eliza, begins piano lessons with a new teacher, the couple is shocked to see a face from their past. But Clive knows that the reappearance of Eliot Fox has the potential to shake his little family, as Eliot carries with her a secret Clive hoped would stay long buried.

At its core, Never Mind Miss Fox is less about the twist it’s sold on and much more about the complexities of marriage. While it fails to deliver truly unpredictable suspense, it’s quite successful at deconstructing the secrets and emotions that can destroy relationships. Glazebrook’s prose is perfectly succinct and particularly suited for detailing the lifestyle her characters live and the quiet emotions they carry.

“‘You’re only sorry because you’re frightened of losing your family. You’re sorry for yourself.’ Yes I am, Clive thought. What other way is there? ‘Sorry’ would always start and end with himself.”

Readers turning to Never Mind Miss Fox in search of a mind-bending plot that keeps them guessing may be disappointed, however, when revealed, Clive’s secret feels real instead of pieced together for effect. Combined with Martha’s struggle to adjust to motherhood, Glazebrook has written a novel that tests the breaking points of marriage and examines the fault lines some are built on.

  • This one sounds interesting…I tend to like books about marriage. And, I’m working on a list of “Great Books Under 300 Pages”…maybe this could be a candidate?
    Thanks for sharing!

  • crimeworm

    Bizarre – I just bought this yesterday (it’s been out for a few months in the UK)

  • Like Sarah, I also tend to like stories about marriage and its….quirks? Cracks? All of the above. Will keep an eye out for this one!

    • It’s totally right in my wheelhouse, too, so this one worked for me, though it was much different than I expected it to be.

  • Kelly TheWellReadRedhead

    Ohhhh I love books like this. Relationship-driven, character-driven, etc. Not necessarily explosive in plot action, but a lot of depth in the connections between characters. Adding to the TBR…

  • Nice hand position on the cover! ;)
    This sounds like one I’d enjoy, too.

  • I love books about family relationships. Sounds good!

  • >>At its core, Never Mind Miss Fox is less about the twist it’s sold on and much more about the complexities of marriage.

    I always think it’s better to hinge a book on emotional things rather than The Plot Twist. It gives your book more staying power in case the twist doesn’t turn out as shocking as you’d hoped.

    • Absolutely. In this case, I think the blurb tried to focus more on the plot twist than it needed to and probably misled some readers who were looking for a really suspenseful novel.

  • Okay, now I want to know what the unexplosive secret is, because when I initially read about this one, the “twist” was definitely what was hyped.

    • Yeah, sadly I think it would have served readers to play down the twist – I think it’s going to be disappointing to those who went it looking for something ground shaking and the book could have held its own otherwise.

  • Jennine G.

    Secret? Now I want to know!!!

  • Ooh, that makes more interested in this book. I’m definitely more excited about a book about relationships than about a book that revolved around a twist.