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Jane Fallon is the multi-award-winning television producer behind shows such as This Life, Teachers and 20 Things To Do Before You're 30. Her previous books include Getting Rid of Matthew, Got You Back, Foursome and The Ugly Sister and Skeletons. Strictly Between Us is her sixth novel.
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Best friends Holly and Roz tell each other everything. So when Holly gets a shot at her dream job after putting everything on hold to raise her daughter, she assumes Roz will be waiting to pop the champagne. But is she just imagining things or is Roz not quite as happy as she should be? And now she thinks about it, a few things don't quite add up... Perhaps it was a mistake to tell Roz all her secrets. Because it takes two to tango. But only one to start a war...
Best friend, soulmate, confidante . . . backstabber. Amy thought she knew everything there was to know about her best friend Melissa. Then again, Amy also thought she was on the verge of the wedding of her dreams to her long-distance fiance. Until she pays a surprise trip home to London. Jack is out, but it's clear another woman has been making herself at home in their flat.There's something about her stuff that feels oddly familiar . . . and then it hits Amy. The Other Woman is Melissa. Amy has lost her home, her fiance and her best friend in one disastrous weekend - but instead of falling apart, she's determined to get her own back. Piecing her life back together won't be half as fun as dismantling theirs, after all.
Sharp, funny and clever, this unpredictable novel tells a bitter-sweet tale of high passions, infidelity and revenge. It is Jane Fallon at her best. When Paula discovers her actor husband is having an affair, she is determined to make him fall back in love with her. Then once he realises how amazing she is, once he dumps his lover, Paula plans a big reveal, designed to ruin his life. After all she sacrificed everything for him. My Sweet Revenge is women's fiction with bite, packed with unpredictable twists, wonderfully flawed characters and bags of attitude.
This is a sharp, edgy and amusing foray into the relationship world. The marriage in question is Michelle and Patrick’s, however it is Tamsin, Michelle’s best friend, who tells the story. The first chapter firmly snags your attention, a jaw-dropping event is described, can it be explained, can the problem be solved, or can it in fact, get much, much worse? Jane Fallon keeps your attention firmly on the page, at the start Tamsin knows more than you, then the tables are cleverly turned and suddenly the reader holds all the information. I had an urge to shout at Tamsin, to drag her aside and warn her, and as I witnessed events unfold, part of me wanted to read while peeking between my fingers. The matter of fact, bitter-sweet style of writing ensures a tangible feeling of substance and reality. Fully primed and ready to deliver several sharp stings, ’Strictly Between Us’ is a bold, feisty and witty read. ~ Liz Robinson
April 2014 Book of the Month. Jen’s father abandoned his family when she was eight years old. Later she discovers her embittered mother has hidden letters and birthday presents from him and is deeply saddened. In marrying Jason, a son of a loving family, she revels in the warmth she felt she had missed when growing up. When she discovers a secret about her father-in-law she is shattered. Her dilemma, of course, is whether to confront him or not. The author tackles interesting family secrets and deceit with sympathy. It’s her fifth novel and it's good light entertainment.
A 2014 World Book Night selection. A glorious romantic romp full of lies, deception and manipulation. Matthew finally leaves his wife and two children to join Helen his long-term girlfriend of four years, only to find that their relationship was better when it was an illicit one. But Helen is a softy at heart and rectifying their mistake takes some interesting turns. This is sharp, addictive, compulsive stuff, most enjoyable and highly recommended. Click here to see Jane Fallon's new book, Skeletons, which is out now in paperback.Comparison: Allison Pearson, Jane Moore, Carmen Reid.