ARC Review: Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Sutanto

Synopsis:

ARE YOU…DEAD?’

OH MY GOD. I THINK HE IS.
When Meddy Chan accidentally kills her blind date, she turns to her aunties for help. Their meddling set her up on the date so they kind of owe her.

WELL, THAT DIDN’T QUITE GO TO PLAN.
Although hiding this goddamn dead body is going to be harder than they thought especially when her family’s wedding business has THE biggest wedding of the year happening right now.

IT’S PRETTY BAD TIMING REALLY.
It turns out the wedding venue just happens to be managed by Meddy’s ex, aka the one who got away. It’s the worst time to see him again, or…is it? Can Meddy finally find love and make her overbearing family happy?

Review:

Meddy Chan tasers her blind date in self defence believing he has undesirable intent, she subsequently crashes her car and accidentally kills him.  Her Ma and her aunties 1, 2, 3 and 4 get involved in helping to dispose of the body.  They have a family wedding business and with an imminent wedding they decide to use this opportunity to dispose of the body.  Unbeknown to Meddy the hotel proprietor at the wedding venue is none other than her one true love, the ex-boyfriend she dated and subsequently thwarted at university.  What follows is a chaotic, crazy and completely over-the-top series of events.  It’s like reading the script from a bizarre and abstract comedy sketch.  That being said it’s entertaining and humorous and you can’t help but become drawn into the ensuing murder mystery plot and the romance subplot. 

It’s very dialogue heavy which interrupts the flow somewhat and as a consequence the story doesn’t move along as smoothly as perhaps it could, but nevertheless it’s a compelling and fun read.  Although I could see the funny side of it, I didn’t find it a laugh out loud comedy and the chaotic vibe of the book was a little exasperating.  The meddling aunties and Ma are by far the stars of the show and are very comical.  I adored the banter and family dynamics and the aunties’ stilted and broken English dialogue.

Dial A For Aunties is an easy and quick read and you’re halfway through before you know it.  It’s deemed an adult book but it definitely has more of a YA feel.  I’m not sure how I feel about the death, part of me was hoping it had turned out differently.  The premise of the story didn’t quite work for me but you will certainly enjoy it if you desire a little bit of light-hearted escapism, an uncomplicated murder mystery and some giggles along the way. 

Publisher:  HQ
Publication Date (UK):
27 April (Kindle)
29 April (Paperback)
Format:  eArc/eBook
Page Count: 304
Genre: Humorous Fiction
Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thank you to the publisher for the gifted eARC of this book, via Netgalley, to review.

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