Thank you for stopping by today for my turn on the Blog Tour for the wonderful PINK ICE CREAMS by JO WOOLASTON. My thanks to the Author and Rachel of Rachel's Random Resources for letting me be part of it all!
Pink Ice Creams
Intent on fixing her broken marriage and the alcohol-fuelled catastrophe that is her life, Kay
Harris arrives at her grim and grey holiday let, ready to lay to rest the tragedy that has
governed her entire adulthood – the disappearance of her little brother, Adam.
But the road to recovery is pitted with the pot-holes of her own poor choices, and it isn’t
long before Kay is forced to accept that maybe she doesn’t deserve the retribution she
seeks. Will the intervention of strangers help her find the answers she needs to move on
from her past, or will she always be stuck on the hard shoulder with no clear view ahead and
a glove box full of empties?
Pink Ice Creams is a tale of loss, self-destruction, and clinging on to the scraps of the longlost
when everyone else has given up hope.
Jo Woolaston lives in Leicestershire, England with her extreme noise-making husband and
two lovely sons. She tries to avoid housework and getting a ‘proper job’ by just writing stuf
instead - silly verse, screenplays, shopping lists...
This sometimes works in her favour (she did well in her MA in TV Scriptwriting, gaining a
Best Student award in Media and Journalism – and has had a few plays produced - that kind
of thing) but mostly it just results in chronic insomnia and desperate tears of frustration.
Pink Ice Creams is her first novel, she hopes you liked it.
I found this to be a beautifully crafted piece of fiction that balances both the very dark aspects in the life of Kay, with the lighter moments as she tries to start her life again after splitting with her husband and taking up residence in a caravan on the Norfolk coast which triggers memories from her past and helps her try to come to terms with where she is and what she's been through.
The voice of Kay is one of very witty observations and remarks, and many moments of self doubt. Has she done the right thing leaving her husband? What will she do with her life now? She tries to make light of these thoughts in her head, and the more she starts to look back over her life the more things become clearer and she has so much to deal with, that it's often too much. This new chapter of her life is supposed to help her move on, but it has a strange way of taking her back to her childhood and the traumas that inflicted on her.
As she encounters a number of new people in her life at the caravan park, it allows her to try and create a new persona, but she's always wary of allowing new people in and it takes a while for her to fully let go and open up to new experiences.
Along with the flashbacks to her childhood, there's also time to look back at her marriage and where that went wrong and the more I heard about Martin, her ex, the more I disliked him and could totally understand why she'd reached rock bottom. Her confidence had been destroyed by his put downs and it just seemed that she's always needed that escape from her own life.
When a young boy goes missing at the seaside park, that also brings bad memories back of her younger brother and how that tragedy she'd witnessed back then had never really left her and she'd never got closure.
This is a book that I didn't know what to expect from when I picked it up, but i found it to be so compelling and emotional that I couldn't put it down one I'd started reading it! There's so many angles to Kay and her story that allows you to really understand her frame of mind and the shocking twist towards the end just wrapped it up perfectly for me. And any book that can sneak a mention in for 'Chorlton and the Wheelies' (one of my favourite kids TV shows ever!!) is absolutely fine by me!!
A stunning debut and am so eager to read more from this author in the future!