The Cactus – Sarah Haywood


Even the prickliest cactus has its flower. For Susan Green, messy emotions don’t fit into the equation of her perfectly ordered life. She has a flat that is ideal for one, a job that suits her passion for logic, and an “interpersonal arrangement” that provides cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. But suddenly confronted with the loss of her mother and the news that she is about to become a mother herself, Susan’s greatest fear is realized. She is losing control. When she learns that her mother’s will inexplicably favors her indolent brother, Edward, Susan’s already dismantled world is sent flying into a tailspin. As her due date draws near and her family problems become increasingly difficult to ignore, Susan finds help and self-discovery in the most unlikely of places. Featuring an endearing cast of characters and tremendous heart, The Cactus is a poignant debut and a delightful reminder that some things can’t be explained by logic alone.


This was another book where I started reading it without reading the synopsis first and yet another one where it really paid off! I really enjoyed it! I had no expectations at all, judged the book purely on it’s cover and the story ended up really surprising me.

It contained much more substance than I had initially expected and I was immediately drawn to love the quirky characters and their stories. I enjoyed the development throughout the book and discovering the family history.

The narration was something in particular that really made this story for me. I found it very easy to follow and that it had a great pace. The originality had me smiling throughout and I really felt connected to Susan.

I rated this book a 4/5 and I’d thoroughly recommend picking it up if you haven’t already!

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