The cover of this read refers to cat and mouse games and that’s a spot-on description.
The problem is the cats are the mice and the mice are the cats, and… and…
Okay, it goes like this.
As this novella opens, it’s obvious someone is going to die.
The story progresses and things look pretty cut and dried.
Thirty-eight-year-old Jean Hima is bottoming out. The widow is barely hanging on to her home, job, and sanity, but she has no problem hanging on to the booze.
Jean insists she wants to make a better life for her eighteen-year-old daughter, Amy. Her lack of direction is obstacle enough, but a midwife who drinks before work and mixes up babies in the nursery, consequently delivering the wrong infant to the wrong mother doesn’t stand a chance.
The story moves forward five years to when Jean has hit the bottom and formulates a plan to pad her bank account and get revenge at the same time.
Carlana is Jean’s former neighbor and the person Jean holds responsible for her dismal lot in life.
One of three realtors in Jean’s old neighborhood, she feels it was Carlana’s behind-the-scenes machinations that kept her from finding decent housing after losing her job.
The watershed of problems after that snowballed, with the only positive outcome being Jean got sober.
But clear-headed Jean wants revenge, and the photos she’s been hanging on to for over five years are her ticket to a better life.
She has proof the now married, affluent Carlana isn’t the caring health and mindfulness coach and motivational speaker she promotes herself as, so she sets her blackmail scheme into motion.
And things got even weirder.
Such an intriguing read that kept me turning pages to see what Jean would do next… because her elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top.
But, if Jean is nuts, so is Carlana…and her husband, Evan (Him! OMG!), and her friend, Bettina.
Jean’s daughter, Amy, isn’t nuts, just preoccupied with getting anyone into bed, but by the time I got to 80% in this read, I was ready to pass out Xanax cocktails… and lobotomies to everyone!
In the blink of an eye, revenge and a honey trap both turn into murder, but who dies? You have to hang on to the very end to find out!
I stumbled with the editing a few times, having to re-read sentences again, but it didn’t diminish the story. However, the time jump near the end is jolting.
Multiple POVs give the opportunity to look through each main characters’ eyes and learn why they feel justified in their behavior.
The Plastic Seed delivers nice bait and switch scenes and good complex characters, and this crazy story of revenge and retribution is laced with humor and satire.
Two schemes uncoil—and, very quickly, begin to unravel—on the same day in the Australian town of West Glassport…
Jean Hima isn’t happy with the way her life has been going. First, her husband leaves her. Then, she loses her job as a midwife at the local hospital, over the easily-fixed misplacement of a baby or two…
Now, Jean is sure a snooty real estate agent is blocking her efforts to find a rental in a nice part of town.
Given possession of a batch of incriminating photographs, who wouldn’t begin thinking about a little life-restorative blackmail?
Written in three acts and covering a quarter of a century, The Plastic Seed is an environmental thriller that explores the hypocrisy of some aspects of the philosophy of wellness. This novella is part satire of the human potential movement, and sincere testimony to the ability of humans to face facts when given no choice.