Surprise! Sophie Kinsella finds mature (still funny) voice in 'Surprise Me'
Sophie Kinsella is full of surprises.
In Surprise Me (The Dial Press, 412 pp., ★★★½ out of four), the British author of the chick-lit-y Shopaholic series (and other charming comic standalone titles) is still making us laugh.
But she goes deeper this time, creating a main character who discovers a truly shocking family secret and, in the process, finally grows up. It’s an unexpected and wholly satisfying payoff for the devoted Kinsella fan (guilty).
Not to make Surprise Me sound dreary or too heavy. The usual Kinsella delights are all here: eccentric characters, witty dialogue and farcical... read more