Monday, 14 March 2016

Book Review: Strictly Between Us by Jane Fallon

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 . . .

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy for review.

What lengths would you go to to protect your best friend. What if you found out her husband was playing away, but then he turns the tables on you and you find yourself risking everything?

Tamsin's efforts to help her friend backfire when she does something unthinkable. Her guilt and love for her best friend drive her deeper and deeper into trouble, and there are some hilarious antics

It's a sharp and sassy read, with some truly astonishing twists and turns, and I was taken by surprise by the ending. I love a story that's not bland or formulaic.

The characters were brilliant. Okay, so Tamsin does something incredibly stupid, but we're all human. Also she takes her beloved assistant for granted - something that is shown quite well later on. It's a great insight into the world of 'bosses vs assistants', where there's always more to the underling than the boss would ever dream. But Tamsin is a believable, flawed character which makes for entertaining reading. Patrick is a worm who makes you wish that you could punch him. Adam is a wonderful character, who I rooted for all through the novel.

This is the first of Jane Fallon's books I've read, and I'll definitely be reading more!

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