Book Reviews

The Corner Shop of Whispers by Debbie Viggiano

I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I loved the cover of the book and that’s the main reason I requested it. I liked reading this book–it’s an excellent break from serious stuff. If you can suspend your disbelief at the characters’ antics for the entirety of the book and not sniff at the plot (or lack thereof), you will definitely enjoy this book.

Goodreads synopsis:

33824416Romantic Florrie, scatty Daisy and snobby Alison are neighbours, living their married lives in the tiny English village of Lower Amblegate where everyone knows everybody. Together the three friends share laughter, tears, and things they wouldn’t want anybody else knowing. But unbeknownst to them, a scandal is brewing. As rumours circulate, the gossips go into overdrive, rocking marriages and revealing the women have much more in common than just neighbourly bonds…



I liked the beginning of the book. I knew right off the bat that this was a book that required leaving your brain before the flip of the front cover. This is a good beach read; you don’t have to think too much about the story. You just need to laugh at the antics of the characters.

At the 45% mark, this was my update on Goodreads:

“Reading this book is like watching an episode of Desperate Housewives–the story is not very cerebral, but God, it’s so difficult to peel your eyes away from it.”

In the beginning it did feel a lot like Desperate Housewives. I didn’t like the fact that the characters weren’t likeable, but reading this book was a mindless and fun activity.


Until the debauchery began. There’s a whole lot of cheating going on and it just was too stupid to read about.


The main character Florrie wasn’t all that likeable. The author tries hard to make her seem like the only sane person in the town, but a particular plot twist at the 20% mark shows us that she’s not exactly a saint either. Does that stop Saint Florrie from judging other people, though? Nope.

And don’t even get me started about the friendship between these women. They’re not even that nice to each other. Allison and Daisy are said to be friends in this book, but there wasn’t a single instance were they acted like they were. As the story progressed, I decided to take back my comment about it being similar to Desperate Housewives. The success of that TV show was due to a number of reasons, a key one being the friendship between the main characters. You don’t have that kind of friendship here. I don’t even think characters like these, if real, would be friends IRL.


There’s some domestic violence too. It’s hurried and is never discussed after the incident.

While there are a number of negatives, if you suspend disbelief throughout, you might get out of the book smiling a little at the humor in it too.

Rating: 3 out of 5 (It was going to be a 2.5 but I bumped it to 3 because this book DID make me laugh)

What do you think about books that don’t have a cerebral story line? Would you read this book? Let me know in the comments!

~ Shruti

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