Book Review | The Cougar Club by Susan McBride
The Cougar Club: A Novel by Susan McBride
Her life seems perfect until she loses her high-powered advertising job and catches her live-in lover in a compromising position with his computer!
This sexy TV news anchor is in danger of being replaced by a twenty-something blond bimbo. Wasn’t it just yesterday that she was the up-and-coming star?
A married dermatologist, Elise thinks her plastic surgeon husband is playing doctor with someone else.
Kat firmly believes that aging gracefully isn’t about giving up; it’s about living life with your engine on overdrive. So this unofficial â€œCougar Club quickly learns three things about survival of the fittest in today’s youth-obsessed society: True friendship never dies, the only way to live is real, and you’re never too old to follow your heart.
The Cougar Club, by Susan McBride, reminds me a lot of a novelization of the Sex in the City television series – it focusses on three friends, at very different places in their lives, who reconnect and help one another deal with issues and life-changing events. The novel starts with Kat, who finds herself at a cross-road in her life. She loses her job, faces the fact that she can’t deal with her (much younger) partner’s infidelities and finds herself, at the age of 45, making some difficult choices. She decides to leave New York and head back to her roots in St. Louis.
Back at home, she reconnects with her best friends from her teen years who are also dealing with difficult issues. Carla, a popular news anchor, is battling with her ex-husband, who is also her boss, and fears that she will be replaced by a younger model on her news program. Their third friend, Elise, is dealing with empty-nest syndrome, as her son has left home, and finds herself worrying that her husband is having an affair.
Throughout the novel, these women find solace in the fact that they can still turn a younger man’s eye and that they can get support from one another. There are a number of twists and turns throughout their stories that kept me interested and intrigued. Was Carla going to lose her job to the blonde bimbo that is sleeping with her ex-husband? Was Elise’s husband having an affair? Would Kat succeed in starting her new life? Tying all of these questions together was the key ingredient in this novel – the likability of these characters. I found myself wanting Carla to prevail, hoping that Elise’s husband was being faithful and rooting for Kat to land on her feet! It was the depth of the characters, and their wonderfully quirky personalities, that drew me back to the novel again and again.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys “chick lit” or relishes a novel that focusses on the strength of female relationships. And, in answer to the question I know you are all thinking (did it really motivate me to go to the gym?), it truly did! I enjoyed this novel so much that I found myself eagerly anticipating the time I could spend at the gym so I could read more! In my mind, that is a true gauge of what an amazing novel The Cougar Club is! Susan McBride has written other novels and I plan to go and buy them because I enjoyed The Cougar Club so much!
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinons expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*
About the Author:
Susan McBride is the author of The Cougar Club (January 2010, from HarperCollins/Avon) about three 45-year-old friends who happen to date younger men. She has also written three books inThe Debs young adult series (Random House/Delacorte) set in Houston, including The Debs; Love, Lies, and Texas Dips; and the forthcoming Gloves Off. In addition, she’s penned five Debutante Dropout Mysteries(HarperCollins/Avon) set in Dallas: Blue Blood, The Good Girlâ€™s Guide to Murder, The Lone Star Lonely Hearts Club, Night of the Living Deb, and Too Pretty to Die (HarperCollins/Avon).
Once called The Lou’s Whodunit Queen by Saucemagazine in St. Louis, Susan was named one of the city’s â€œtop singles in 2005 by St. Louis Magazine, but is single no more. She tied the knot in February of 2008. Susan was the cover girl for the February 2009 issue of St. Louis Woman magazine, where she was featured in the article â€œPaperback Princess.
Susan has won a Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery, a Romantic Times magazine Reviewers Choice Award for Best Amateur Sleuth Mystery, and was twice nominated for Anthony Awards for Best Paperback Original, and was one of three finalists for the William Rockhill Nelson Award for Literary Excellence (for Kansas and Missouri Authors). She lives in Brentwood, Missouri, with her husband.