Eleanor's life is rushing headlong towards the falls. Can she find a way to save herself?
A modern immorality tale wrapped around a whodunnit set in a no-name Northern English post-industrial town, NIAGARA is the first release of the Pankhearst Singles Club. Small, but perfectly formed.
Another tale of domestic discontent – a mother trapped in an abusive marriage, but with sufficient resolve and steel to plot and plan for a time when she can flee the nest. Just as soon as the jam jar secreted in the attic forms a big enough stake.
She walks 4 miles to town and trousers the £1.20 bus fare. Reluctantly taking the bus back, because she’s laden down with the groceries. She puts the squirreled fare in the jar. She takes another pound from the loose change in her husband’s trousers while he sleeps off the drink. She puts it in the jar. The jar grows, but she fears its discovery.
She takes small minuscule liberties when she can and relishes the private victories.
When her teenage delinquent, drug-dealing son starts using his own merchandise and begins replicating his father’s behaviour towards Ellie; departure day just got that much closer.
Mother and daughter flee, leaving behind the men-folk to battle it out – which they do.
Fast forward a few years and Ellie and daughter have fashioned a new life. Imperfect, it may well be, but more on her own terms. Ellie’s a survivor. As she looks back, there are regrets and a shock for this reader at least.
Another satisfying tale from Miss Jennings.
Riding in Cars with Girls was reviewed recently – here.
4 from 5
Thanks to the author for the Pankhurst single.
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