Monday, 30 July 2018
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - Gina Kirkham
Mavis Upton is one of the most hilarious and endearing characters I've ever had the privilege to 'meet' and after having read Handcuffs, Truncheon and a Polyester Thong (you can read my review here) I couldn't wait to find out what she was going to get up to next.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is packed full of humour as we pick up with Mavis where we left her at the end of Handcuffs. She's busy juggling planning her wedding to her beloved Joe, dealing with her teenage daughter Ella, getting reacquainted with her long-lost father as well as having to try and catch a flasher who has a penchant for Krispy Kreme doughnuts!
But it's not all sunshine and roses in Mavis's life. Alongside the hilarity of her bumbling colleague Petey managing to lock himself in the back of the police van, there are the poignant moments where she has to deal with her dad's dementia. Gina Kirkham deals with this sensitive issue with a deft touch and as well as showing the sad reality of watching someone you love slowly disappear in front of you, she also brings a touching sense of mirth to it as well, which is so very true to life with this cruel condition.
I love Gina's writing style, as she manages to convey each and every anecdote in such a way that I feel as though I'm right there with the characters and at one point I was literally in amongst them all. There I was strutting my stuff in a hippo costume along with Mavis and her friends on her hen night, the tears were literally streaming down my face as I read that particular incident!
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is based on the authors real life experiences, although there are some changes for artistic licence purposes, and Gina has a real talent for storytelling. I do hope that there will be more from Mavis/Gina as I feel that we have become great friends and as a biscuit dunker I need to know which are the best ones to buy on my next food shop.
If you're looking for something to add a little sparkle to your day then I would definitely recommend you grab yourself a copy of this delightful book and get to know the captivating characters inside.
With kind thanks to Kelly Lacey at Love Book Tours and Urbane Publications for the review copy.