Fly in the Ointment – Anne Fine

As respectable Middle-English woman Lois tells the story of how she came to be serving a lengthy prison sentence, there are echoes of Notes on a Scandal and obsessive love.

When Lois chances upon her dead drug addict son’s family, she soon begins to find wily ways of providing her toddler grandson with a better life. Lois starts small, with toys and clothes that his junkie mother Jane-Gay sees no point in providing. Things escalate rapidly once she decides to rent the house next door to them and is soon taking and making every opportunity to look after her grandson, giving him the love, care and attention that’s been missing from his life so far, until ultimately the only fly in the ointment is Janie-Gay….. link: Fly in the Ointment – Anne Fine