Book club questions


• Do you think it’s possible to be a success at work and also a successful mother and partner? Does something have to give?

• If you had Kate’s position at work, what would you do to fit in? Or is it an advantage to be different?

• Kate blows the first meeting with Pedro by taking the dog to the vet. Do you think women putting domestic matters first causes fewer women to advance in the workplace? Can men block out child and household concerns better than women? Why or why not?

• What do you think about Kate’s fantasy of staying at the office every day of the week and come home to the “most precious of hours” to tuck in her kids?

• Kate often thinks that “J.P. would have done it” when she thinks about his schmoozing with clients. In your opinion, how far should Kate have taken her schmoozing with Pedro? At what point do you think it crossed the line and went into dangerous territory?

• How sympathetic is Sandy and his leaving his lawyer job to become a firefighter? Do you think he needed to get away from Kate? Should Kate have been upset by this? It seems that Kate feels that it wasn’t what she’d bargained for. How much should people be able to change in a partnership even if it means the family might suffer?

• How would you describe Kate’s relationship with her mother?

• Do you think Kate is lonely? Why or why not?

• Why do you think Kate was drawn to the therapist Axel Staperfene? How was he different than Dr. Fuller?

• At the end of the book, how do you feel about Kate and Sandy’s future together? Did Kate make a good decision?

• Who is your favorite character in False Alarm? Your least favorite? Why?