Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Book Review - Strictly Between Us by Jane Fallon

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Title: Strictly Between Us
Author: Jane Fallon
Format reviewed: Ebook
Source: Netgalley
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Publication Date: 14th January 2016
Rating:  4 Stars

Rumours, secrets and lies. It's all in a day's work.

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. Unwilling to ignore it, Tamsin plots a scheme to catch Patrick in the act, using her assistant Bea as live-bait. It should be fool proof.

After all, Tamsin can trust Bea with anything. From her daily coffee order to fetching her dry-cleaning, writing reports and doing all the filing - Bea does everything with a smile on her face.
Except Tamsin never considered Bea might have her own agenda.
And if she does, then Tamsin really needs to watch her back . . .

It's been a while since I last read a book by Jane Fallon, and now I'm wondering why, as I really enjoyed Strictly Between Us.  This is a funny story, that so long as you don't judge pretty much any of the characters, and take it all at face value, is full of cheating, lying, double crossing and general all around dishonesty. 

Thankfully everything is explained in such as way that you can easily follow with who knows what about the situation, and the only person who is entirely blameless is Michelle, Tamsin's best friend. 

They have been best friends since school, and Tamsin used to get on really well with Michelle's husband Patrick. However Tamsin starts hearing rumours that Patrick is being unfaithful, and decides that the best way to try and find out one way or another is to use her assistant Bea as a honey trap. 

Bea is meant to be Tamsin's very loyal assistant, and just from the setting this honey trap in motion, it sets off a chain reaction that no one could have forsen, with various consequences. 

By part 2 of the book, we start getting Bea's perspective on the situation, as well as Tamsin's its from there that the book really gets going, as you can see things from two of the main players, and it works really well, as the lies start to fly.  

There are hidden agenda's all over the place, and Tamsin seems to be on a mission to prove Patrick's true character, although she makes some severe error's of judgment herself. I really don't want to give much away, as the story moves a such a quick pace, I may accidently spoil a great story. 

Strictly Between Us, is a comedy of errors, very funny, and a really nice book to read. I can't say I loved all aspects of the characters, but I did generally understand most of the decisions made. The main thought that I came away from this book with, is just how well can you trust anyone. 

Thanks to Michael Joseph and Netgalley for this review copy. This is my honest opinion. 

1 comment:

  1. Loving that "comedy of errors, very funny" line. Thanks for sharing, Rachel! Well done, Jane! :) xx


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