The Happy Pigs by Lucy Harkness is a really, really dark story. Just so you’re forewarned. In this grim British novel, a young policewoman defends herself against a would-be rapist, killing him accidentally. The next day, her new boss fails to show up for his first day of work . . .
From the Booklist review: “Written by a thirtysomething London policewoman, this hard-hitting first novel is a sort of copper’s version of Bridget Jones’ Diary, albeit with a more serious theme. Cleverly written and sharply witty, the story nonetheless has a sad, empty feel as Louisa struggles with the angst of being an unfulfilled 31-year-old. A spot-on portrayal of one aspect of the contemporary urban experience and a good description of the everyday life of a London cop.”
It’s kind of a jumpy narrative, but a fast read and intriguing plot—you simply must give this one to your Law and Order: SVU fans.