Like all good dramas, “Double Cheque” is about secrets and lies. As in “Broken Cups,” Heather MacQuarrie’s previous book, the story describes families and young couples with happy lives which can so easily be destroyed by unfaithfulness or anger.
This story centres on Jasmine, a young woman moving into her first flat and her parents, Patty and Kenneth. Jasmine is devastated to discover that her mother has been conducting an affair, unknown to her father and she enlists the help of her brother Sam. Patty still loves her husband but cannot resist the excitement of weekends with Dougie.
Jasmine is happy to make new friends, Jillian, Bradley and Alasdair and one of these young men may bring love into her life. Meanwhile she decides to help mutual friend, Grant to a reconciliation with his father, Cameron Ferguson, who ironically is a good friend of Patty’s lover Dougie.
As a reader it takes a while to get your head around the relationships in this character packed novel but soon you begin to care about their feelings and the predicaments in which they find themselves. The unpleasantness and difficulties experienced by Alasdair as a result of brain damage from a childhood accident are dealt with sensitively and it is heartening to read of the support he receives from his close circle of friends.
There is also a suspicious death to be dealt with. We know the perpetrator, but does he deserve our sympathy or approbation? Will he be caught or betrayed? This has all the elements of an exciting soap opera.