Take the Monkeys and Run! – Karen Cantwell

Storyline: Well, Karen Cantwell, you’ve really nailed it with this crime-slash-mystery-slash-comedy-slash-romance story about a middle aged housewife with a boring life, an obsession with movies and monkeys in her yard. Take the Monkeys and Run is truly splendid!

Poor Barbara. She’s a newly single housewife that leads a rather dull life in a sleepy little cul-de-sac in rural Virginia. Well, it’s quiet until a moving van shows up in the middle of the night with a mysterious (and rather cheeky) cargo at the equally as mystifying empty house next door. After some cursory investigating, Barbara decides to call it a night and wakes up to some chattering monkeys in her trees!

As the mystery of the vacant house and the simian interlopers deepens, Barbara discovers that she and her well-intentioned friends may be in well over the heads! Barbara calls her ex boyfriend, Colt, a private investigator for a little back up. Colt arrives in town, unabashedly good looking and looking good at (maybe) filling the void recently vacated by her husband.

Barbara quickly becomes the center of a deadly cat and monkey game and must figure out a way to go from Sweet Suburban Mom to Super Hero Mom to save the day.

Grammar/Spelling: I noticed a few errors with punctuation throughout. As always, another thorough read through by a beta reader would probably take care of this.

Character Development: Oh Babs! She’s so sweet, naïve and innocent. She loves movies, dreams about making her directorial debut and even has a website dedicated to movie reviews. Well, sort of… She has yet to really make any true headway with it.

Ms. Cantwell really nails the modern day, stay at home mom who dreams big but is too afraid to follow through with those dreams. I loved how Barbara was able to turn almost any situation into a major motion movie with just her imagination. (I do this all of the time too! Glad to know that I’m not the only one!) She even picked out George Clooney to play her estranged husband. Barbara’s reactions to some pretty hairy situations were very realistic and quite hilarious.

Writing Style: The style was great it was very well written and flowed quite nicely. Ms. Cantwell really knows her pop culture and seems to have sort of opened up the door for her book to translate easily into a blockbuster movie!

There were some minor adult situations and adult language. (We’re talking mafia thugs here! Of course they have a less than savory vocabulary!)

Continuity:  No problems with continuity.

Overall Rating: 5

Overall Rating: Take the Monkeys and Run by Karen Cantwell could easily become one of my favorite books of all time. But, I won’t say that because then she might write something else and then I’d be made into a liar and I just can’t have that on my conscience! But, I will say it is definitely up there and I would whole-heartedly recommend this to anyone who enjoys mystery, mayhem and monkeys!

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