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Worst Idea Ever By Jane Fallon

Worst Idea Ever‘Worst Idea Ever’ is the latest book by Jane Fallon.

Georgia and Lydia are so close, they’re practically sisters. So when Lydia starts an online business that struggles, Georgia wants to help her – but Lydia’s not the kind to accept a handout. Setting up a fake Twitter account, Georgia hopes to give her friend some anonymous moral support by posing as a potential customer. But then Lydia starts confiding in her new internet buddy and Georgia discovers she doesn’t know her quite as well as she thought. Georgia knows she should reveal the truth – especially when Lydia starts talking about her – but she just can’t help herself.Until Lydia reveals a secret that could not only end their friendship, but also blow-up Georgia’s marriage.

Jane is back with another fascinating story delivered with her trademark wit and insight into the complexities of female friendships. I started this book late one night, which was the best/worst idea ever as I was wrecked the following day, but it’s such a gripping story that I was unable to put it down until I reached the final page.

The story is about best friends Georgia and Lydia, they’ve been friends since university and have quite a complex friendship. Even though they are close and are there for each other, underneath it all is simmering resentment and jealousy towards each other. Georgia has achieved it all, a happy marriage, children and a successful career as a children’s author. Whilst Lydia goes on failed dates, lives alone and aspires to be a published author but is yet to find success. Georgia feels sorry for her best friend and reaches out to her on social media in the guse of another person who loves Lydia’s illustrations and believes in her, as the pair become close Lydia confides in Georgia and as much as Georgia wants to back from the fictional friendship, she becomes even more involved.

I find it hard to review Jane’s books, because her writing is so cleverly crafted and twisted that it’s so easy to put in a spoiler in or a big reveal. As per Jane’s previous books, I loved this one just as much. Her observational writing made for insightful reading about friendships, how hard they can be and how there’s always that one friendship that requires a bit more work than others.

Both Georgia and Lydia are fascinating characters and although they are there for each other, the underlying tension between the pair of them is evident from the first page and this really sets the story up for me. I liked Georgia, she’s thankful for the life that she has been given and is aware of her luck and wishes that Lydia’s was better and that more stable, whereas Lydia is somewhat bitter that life has become what she dreamed off.

Fun witty and injected with Jane’s trademark dark humour, ‘Worst Idea Ever’ is another fabulous story delivered by Jane that is riddled with deceit, suspense and revenge.

You can buy ‘Worst Idea Ever’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Queen Bee By Jane Fallon

Queen Bee‘Queen Bee’ is the latest book by Jane Fallon and just like her previous novels, nothing is what it seems in this suburban drama.

When Laura’s marriage falls apart, the last thing she expected was to move out of her home without her daughter and moving into a small granny flat whilst trying to get in life in order. Moving into an area of success and wealth, Laura is already under a watchful eye box being a single woman so when a husband of her neighbour, claims that she left him a book with an inscription, Laura finds herself amongst the cast of ‘Mean Girls’ as the women of the neighbourhood turn on her and cast their loyalties with their friend called Stella, an extremely bitchy and insecure woman with 2 bitchy daughters who enjoy nothing more than belittling Laura’s little girl called Betsy. Laura is determined to clear her name and prove people wrong, with her aid of her employee Angie who works for Laura’s cleaning business to help find evidence to prove that she’s not interested in Stella’s husband.

‘Queen Bee’ is another sharply written and observational story by Jane, a story about the dynamics of the rich and privileged and how they treat the not so rich, particularly when it comes to female friendships. I loved Laura and how easily she fitted into The Close, but even when she was blamed for something that she had nothing to do with, she rose above it and claimed her innocence and even making an unlikely friend along the way. Her main concern and priority was wanting to create a safe and homely environment for her sweet little girl. Stella was also a great character, bitchy and privileged, scenes with her and Laura always made for entertaining reading as they swiped at one another.

The story has a great mix of personalities and the people from different societies and classes also made for interesting reading in the story. I found the story to well written with a nice pace and flow to it, with a lot of dry wit and humour, that mainly came from the protagonist of the story.

A story that can be consumed in one sitting and really brightened up a wet and dreary afternoon. ‘Queen Bee’ is another fun and revengeful story from the ‘Sunday Times’ bestseller, with drama, twists and plenty of Jane’s trademark wit, this book was a compulsive read!

You can buy ‘Queen Bee’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

Jane Fallon Reveals New Book – Queen Bee

Queen BeeJane Fallon has revealed her new book for 2020 called ‘Queen Bee’ and it sounds like an absolute treat.

What the back cover says

When Laura’s marriage falls apart she needs to find a home for her and her daughter. And quickly.

Welcome to The Close, a beautiful street of mansions, where Laura rents a tiny studio above a garage, and gorgeous Stella is the indisputable Queen Bee – who soon suspects Laura of having designs on her fiancé.

But when Laura unearths the ghastly secret he is hiding, it threatens Stella’s perfectly curated world as well as Laura’s career.

Hatching an elaborate plan to beat him at his own game, these former enemies are now best friends.

But has Laura forgotten that revenge always comes with a sting in the tail?

Sounds like another explosive story from one of my favourite authors.

You can pre-order ‘Queen Bee’ from Amazon and will be avaiable to buy from good bookshops from 2nd April 2020.

Tell Me A Secret By Jane Fallon

Tell Me A Secret‘Tell Me A Secret’ is the latest book by Jane Fallon.

Best friends Holly and Roz tell each other everything. Until Holly gets a surprise shot at her dream job. Why isn’t Roz popping the champagne? Now Holly feels like she’s got a target on her back. Perhaps it was a mistake to tell Roz all her secrets. It takes two to tango. But it only takes one to start a war.

I’m a huge fan of Jane Fallon and was fortunate to have received a proof of her new book to enjoy over the Christmas holidays. In her latest book, we meet colleagues Holly and Roz who both work in television. Holly is delighted with her new promotion and opportunity at work and thought Roz felt the same, but when things start to happen putting Holly’s job in jeopardy, Holly begins to question Roz’s loyalty.

For years, I’ve enjoyed Jane’s writing and I gobbled this book up just like her previous books as it made compulsive reading. There was one big difference, I noticed about this book and that it was seen from a single narrative.

This was an interesting slant for me, as a lot of her previous books included multiple perspectives. Holly is an interesting character, she’s excited about her promotion and sinking her teeth into the new job, but with every chance she has to prove herself, she finds herself having to explain an awkward situation or email that she had nothing to do with. As more situations arise, she begins to wonder about her colleagues and has one of them got it in for her, particularly Roz. Her so called work best friend, who’s always the life and soul of the party. As time passes, with the help of her bubbly and inquisitive friend Dee, Holly discovers that Roz isn’t quite the person she is lead to believe.

The story is set against the backdrop of script writing a television series and gives the reader an insight into Jane’s job before she became a full time author.

I really enjoyed this book, the characters are great and really entertaining, particularly Roz and Dee, as they both injected a little bit of humour and flamboyance to the story. With so many interesting characters throughout the story, I did find myself wondering throughout the story, if they were suspects. Cleverly written and riddled with drama and wit, ‘Tell Me A Secret’ is a deliciously, compulsive story about female friendships and dramas in the workplace.

You can buy Tell Me A Secret from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

My 12 Books Of 2018

My 12 Books Of 2018

I’ve been extremely fortunate to have read some fantastic books this year, including some cracker debuts. So if you’re looking for book inspiration for Christmas ideas for yourselves or for that special someone in your life, then I would highly recommend these books, as they made me laugh, cry and keep me on the edge of my seat throughout 2018.

I’ve included my reviews of the books, to give you an idea of what I loved about them.

‘The Importance Of Being Aisling’ by Emer McLysaght and Sarah Breen
‘Roar’ by Cecelia Ahern
‘I invited Her In’ by Adele Parks
‘You Let Me In’ by Lucy Clarke
‘One Day In December’ by Josie Silver
‘One In A Million’ by Lindsey Kelk
‘Watching You’ by Lisa Jewell
‘Five Years From Now’ by Paige Toon
‘The Man I Think I Know’ by Mike Gayle
‘Almost Love’ by Louise O’Neill
‘Our House’ by Louise Candlish
‘Faking Friends’ by Jane Fallon

Happy reading!