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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.
PRE-ORDER NOW: THE HILARIOUS NEW BOOK FROM THE MILLION-COPY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FAKING FRIENDS AND TELL ME A SECRET 'Perfectly crafted with razor sharp wit, Queen Bee is utterly hilarious and deliciously wry' Nicola Moriarty Welcome to The Close - a beautiful street of mansions, where gorgeous Stella is the indisputable Queen Bee . . . It is here that Laura, seeking peace and privacy after her marriage falls apart, rents a tiny studio. Unfortunately, her arrival upsets suspicious Stella - who fears Laura has designs on her fiance, Al. When Laura stumbles on the big secret Al is hiding, suddenly Stella's perfectly controlled world, not to mention Laura's future, are threatened. Taking a chance on beating Al at his own twisted game, these two former strangers are fast becoming best friends. But has Laura forgotten that revenge never comes without a sting in the tail? Why people can't get enough of Jane Fallon's books: 'Hugely compelling and unpredictable' Ruth Jones 'She always delivers a fabaliss read' Marian Keyes 'Brilliant, with completely unexpected twists' Gill Sims 'She's the queen of the revenge novel' Heat
Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Faking Friends by Jane Fallon, read by Sally Scott and Kristin Atherton. Best friend. Soulmate. Confidante. Backstabber. Amy thought she knew who Melissa was - then again, Amy also thought she was on the verge of the wedding of her dreams to her long-distance fianc. When her career begins to unravel, she pays a surprise trip home to London. Her boyfriend Jack is out, but another woman has been making herself at home . . . And that Other Woman is Melissa. Amy has lost her job, her fianc and her home in one disastrous weekend - but instead of falling apart shes determined to get her own back. Piecing her life back together wont be half as fun as dismantling theirs, after all.
Tamsin and her best friend Michelle have been inseparable since they were teenagers. Even now they spend all their time together, along with Patrick, Michelle's handsome husband. So when Tamsin hears a rumour that Patrick is having an affair, she is furious and plots a scheme to catch him in the act, using her assistant Bea as live-bait. It should be fool proof. After all, Tamsin can trust Bea with anything, or can she?
The bestselling author of Getting Rid of Matthew and My Sweet Revenge tells the story of a woman living in her sister's shadow. When it comes to genes, life is a lottery . . . Abi knows that all too well, having spent her life in the shadow of her beautiful, glamorous older sister Cleo. Headhunted as a model at sixteen, Cleo has been all but lost to Abi for twenty years. So when Abi is invited to spend the summer with her sister's perfect family, she says yes. Maybe Cleo is finally as keen as Abi to regain their childhood closeness? But Abi is in for a shock. Soon she's left in charge of her two spoilt nieces and her handsome, unhappy brother-in-law. As she moves into her sister's life, a cuckoo in the nest, Abi wrestles with uncomfortable feelings. Could having beauty, wealth and fame lead to more unhappiness than not having them? Who in the family really is the ugly sister? Praise for Jane Fallon: 'Intelligent, edgy and witty' Glamour 'Smart, sassy and dark' Heat 'Compulsively readable' Daily Mail
Foursome is the brilliantly witty novel from Jane Fallon, bestselling author of Getting Rid of Matthew. Rebecca, Daniel, Alex and Isabel have been best friends since university. Rebecca married Daniel, Alex married Isabel and, for twenty years, they have been inseparable. But all that is about to change... When Alex walks out on Isabel, Rebecca thinks things can't get any worse. But then she finds out the reason why and she's left harbouring a secret she'd rather forget... And there's more upheaval to come in Rebecca's life as her emaciated, neurotic, self-obsessed colleague, Lorna - her arch nemesis at work - suddenly becomes a regular feature in her social life. Rebecca's once-happy foursome is now a distant memory and with hearts broken and friendships fractured, it seems that change is never a good thing. Or is it? Praise for Jane Fallon: 'Intelligent, edgy and witty' Glamour 'A brilliant and original tale' Sun 'Chick lit with an edge' Guardian
The brilliantly witty novel from the Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author of Getting Rid of Matthew. A husband. A wife. A mistress. And the ultimate plan for revenge . . . The husband James never intended to lead a double life - with a wife in London and a mistress in the country, it's exhausting. But that's all about to change . . . The wife Stephanie isn't really snooping when she finds a text message from a strange woman on her husband's mobile. But now she's found it, how can she ignore it? It's time to track the woman down and find out what's going on . . . The mistress Katie has no reason to believe her boyfriend, James, is cheating until someone claiming to be his wife gets in touch. Now she's been cast in the role of mistress. Not one she's happy with . . . Once Stephanie and Katie know about each other, they must decide what to do. They could both just throw him out or they could join forces to make his life hell first . . . But revenge isn't always sweet. And what happens when one woman thinks enough is enough but the other doesn't know when to stop? Praise for Jane Fallon: 'Intelligent, edgy and witty' Glamour 'A brilliant and original tale' Sun 'Chick lit with an edge' Guardian
For once, a novel that isnt about the heroine getting the guy. Its about getting rid of the guy, and in the process, finding herself. Helen is nearly forty, and has, for far too long, had an affair with Matthew, a high-powered, much older, attractive, married man who was once, of course, her boss. After years of being disappointed by missed dates, out-of-the-way restaurants, broken promises, and hushed phone calls, at last Helen realizes its time to dump Matthew and get on with her life. This, of course, is the exact moment when Matthew decides to leave his wife for her. He appears on her doorstep and proceeds to move in. Helen then discovers how much she cant bear him. But she cant just throw him outafter all, shes been begging him to do exactly this for years. The only thing to do, she decides, is to convince his wife, Sophie, to take him back. So after a chance meeting in the park, Helen befriends Sophie and hears all about her lying, cheating husband. But then, the unexpected happensHelen really starts to like Sophie. And then theres the other small problem of Matthews handsome, charming son... Jane Fallon turns the conventional love story on its head in this irresistibly delicious, ironic debut.From the Compact Disc edition.