Carrots, named aptly or very simply, is the story of a housewife whose life is turned upside down just because she takes a detour to buy some carrots. Shelby Nichols wants to make soup for dinner, and what is soup without carrots? She trades in her sanity for some bunny food and is caught in an intricate web.
Shelby is in the grocery line buying carrots when there is a shooting and and she takes a bullet in the head. She is almost dead but the bullet just nicks her. As she soon realizes, she has a new ‘power’. She can read minds. And unlike Mel Gibson in ‘What Women Want’, she hears thoughts indiscriminately – kids, husband, cops, mother – no one escapes her radar. Her life is in danger and she is saved by an unlikely source. A local mob boss learns about her ‘skills’ and wants her to help him. Now Shelby has no option but to sit in on Corleone family style meetings, and read the minds of sweating bad guys.
Uncle Joey is benevolent and ruthless at the same time, kinda like the old man in The Whole Nine Yards. Shelby hides this from her husband and kids who think she has taken a new job. She also manages to hide her clandestine activities from the police. The book picks up in the second half. The hit man assigned to Shelby is attracted to her. Wait, they are attracted to each other. He calls her ‘Babe’ Ranger style. While I don’t like to compare, ‘Babe’ is such a Stephanie-Ranger thing! This is only the first book in the series, and I don’t know what the author intends to do with this unexpected attraction between her lead and the bad guy.
Carrots is funny but not funny enough. There seem to be some similarities to popular fiction. But it is early days yet. Who knows how Shelby’s character will develop? Meanwhile if you want to go to fantasy land and rejoice with a harried mom who can read her kids’s thoughts, and has fun spooking them out, read Carrots.