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by Jane Fallon

Books of the Month Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel eBooks of the Month Family Drama Modern and Contemporary Fiction

LoveReading View on Skeletons

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. 

Sarah Broadhurst

Skeletons Synopsis

Jen has discovered a secret. It's not hers to share, but is it hers to keep? If she tells her husband Jason, he might get over the shock but will he forgive her for telling the truth? She might drive a wedge through their marriage. If she tells someone else in Jason's family - the family she's come to love more than her own - she'd not only tear them apart but could also find herself on the outside: she's never really been one of them, after all. But if she keeps this dirty little secret to herself, how long can she pretend nothing is wrong? How long can she live a lie? Jen knows the truth - but is she ready for the consequences?

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Skeletons Reader Reviews

In addition, some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Evelyn Barrett - 'Jane Fallon draws her readers into the complexities of modern relationships and redefines the notion of family...Written in a sympathetic and intelligent style, this book is superbly enjoyable.'  Read full review >
  • Clare Turner - 'This is a well told story, a good if rather light read, and it is hard not to sympathise with Jen’s impossible plight and wonder what one might do in such a predicament.'  Read full review >
  • Michelle Russ - 'A very intriguing book which unfolds the complexities and uncovers the skeletons hidden by a seemingly perfect family...All in all, a good book and I will definitely look to read more by the author.'  Read full review >
  • Val Rowe - 'This is my first encounter with Jane Fallon and it will not be my last. I am now longing to read her previous four novels.'  Read full review >
  • Helen Jones - 'This is the first book I have read by Jane Fallon and was suitably impressed.   It is an easy read and once started hard to put down.'  Read full review >
  • Suzanne Marsh - 'I loved reading Skeletons from start to finish because Jane Fallon is so good at making a story full of situations that you can believe in.'  Read full review >
  • Maureen Gourlay - 'Jane Fallon never disappoints and this is another enjoyable page turner...Written with some funny and wry observations this is a riveting read that you will be sorry to finish.'  Read full review >
  • Sharon Butler - 'Loved this book! The twist when Jen finds out ‘the secret’ was unexpected and it kept me reading until the end.'  Read full review >
  • Zarina de Ruiter  - 'This would have been an adequate debut from a writer venturing into the genre for the first time, but from Jane Fallon I expected more.'  Read full review >
  • Joanne Nuttie - 'Very disappointed with this book, I have read all of Jane Fallon's other books and enjoyed, as light easy reads with believable story lines and characters...This was totally different.'  Read full review >
  • Linda Birt - 'Overall the novel was not what I expected from Jane Fallon, it was such a light read that I lost interest in the storyline.'  Read full review >
  • Helen Treadwell - 'It was hard to feel sympathetic for the main characters and the story didn’t particularly grip me.' Read full review >

Skeletons Press Reviews

Praise for Jane Fallon:


'Intelligent, edgy and witty.' Glamour


'Irresistibly dark...Fallon's tone is still winningly acerbic.' Guardian


'Smart, sassy and dark' Heat

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ISBN: 9780141047263
Publication date: 27/03/2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141047263
Publication date: 27th March 2014
Author: Jane Fallon
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 448 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Modern and Contemporary Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Jane Fallon

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.   Author photo © Lee Carter

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