the observer Sat 17 October 2009
Lucy is a mess. Her catalogue of tribulations includes ex-best friend Renee who's stolen her drippy husband, Jasper, a teenage daughter who hates her and incipient alcoholism. Despite this, she still manages to wisecrack her way through every conversation. So does almost every other character, even the supposedly gruff Lockie, who runs the surf lifesaving class that Lucy joins and which proves the saving of her. "It's only in novels that coincidences seem contrived. In life, they happen all the time," Lette writes. Which is why, when our heroine swims naked in the sea in the middle of the night, Lockie happens to be out fishing, handily positioned to rescue her from drowning. To paraphrase another Aussie: can you tell where this is going yet?