Cat Lady – Dawn O’Porter

Published By: HarperCollins
Pages: 400
Released On: 27/10/2022

Single, independent, crazy, aloof, on-the-shelf, lives alone . . 

It’s safer for Mia to play the part that people expect. She’s a good wife to her husband Tristan, a doting stepmother, she slips on her suit for work each morning like a new skin.

But beneath the surface, there’s another woman just clawing to get out . . .

When a shocking event shatters the conventional life she’s been so careful to build, Mia is faced with a choice. Does she live for a society that’s all too quick to judge, or does she live for herself?

And if that’s as an independent woman with a cat, then the world better get ready . . .


Thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins for the advanced copy of this title in return for an honest review.

It’s rude and crude and hilarious and touching and full of heart and as fabulous as I’ve come to expect from Dawn’s novels.

It’s engaging and charismatic and witty and so real, so human.

Dawn has a knack of portraying the seemingly mundane daily life but with added spice. Everything’s ramped up a little bit but it feels so familiar, you can identify yourself and others in every page.

Now I admit, I’m not a huge lover of cats. I do like my neighbour’s cat but I think that’s because he thinks he’s a dog. I don’t dislike them generally, but I probably wouldn’t choose to have one – not least because my dog hates any other animal. But I like that they’re getting the love and attention they deserve in this book. You can tell how much Dawn loves them.

One theme I really did like was that of pet grief. My dog is only 4 so I’m hoping (touch wood and fingers crossed and all that) he’s still got a way to go, but just the very idea of losing him hurts. Pet grief is a real thing and people deserve to have their feelings acknowledged, which this book does so well.

It’s so fun and easy to read. I read it in just two sittings. The only reason I didn’t do it all in one is it was getting late and I needed sleep, but if you start it early in the day, then you’ll definitely get it read in one go, it’s almost impossible to put it down.

I didn’t think anything would top her novel “The Cows”, which I read at least once a year, but this is just as good. I’m starting to rely on her books as go-to reads. I could see all of her novels as TV shows or movies and I really hope that happens in the future.

This is a book I’d recommend to all the women in my life, no matter their ages. I think they’d all get something different out of it, but they’d most certainly all get joy.

I loved the main character of Mia. Sure, she was perhaps a little odd at times, but I loved her all the more for it. She was engaging, endearing and funny. The other characters almost became inconsequential to me. Not because they’re badly written, no. Exactly the opposite. But because Mia is such a powerful figure that I didn’t want to stop reading about her.

It’s a rollercoaster of emotions. You’ll find yourself crying and laughing in the same paragraph. It’s very touching, very moving, but overall, you’ll finish it feeling joyful and hopeful.

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