Unzipped by Nicki Reed
Here is a love story for all of us that live on the north side of the river.
Unzipped is Reed’s first novel set around our inner northern suburbs, and what a saucy number it is! The story centres on Peta, a woman caught in the trap of being someone she isn’t until she falls in love with someone she meets on an alcohol-driven evening out. So far, not so complicated. But Peta is married and her life is already sorted. Her new love throws all old assumptions out of the window.
The wonderful Melbourne setting (I really enjoy reading about our own fair city), is a wonderful extra in this tale of two women falling in love. Peta’s story, I’m sure, is not so uncommon. The writing is reminiscent of a Bridget Jones style, albeit without the diary entries. The quirky humour is there as are the lists of dos and don’ts and the moments of hilarious humility. It all ends well as, the romantic in me would like to believe, is so of all love stories.
This is a light fun easy read with genuine erotic passages that should delight most women readers.
Chris Gordon is the Events Coordinator for Readings and is a committee member of The Stella Prize.