Some readers found Jen difficult to like – but I thought the author drew her well, and while I might not have made the decisions she did, her motivation was wholly believable and she both held my interest and kept my sympathy. Husband Jason though could have done with a little more personality – his drifting with the flow, mostly in the background, made him less engaging because we never really knew him as well. The key scenes in the book are very well done – we share Jen’s horror and search for an explanation when the secret is discovered, and the big revelation is quite excellent, quite compelling and rather like watching a car crash. And the ending, and the way the story works itself through, made for a really satisfying read. It’s relatively light – a good one for the sun lounger this summer – but the issues it raises gave it that bit more depth that I always look for in my reading. I’m pleased to have rediscovered Jane Fallon’s writing.
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 debut novel Getting Rid of Matthew was published in 2007 and became a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller as have her 3 subsequent books Got You Back, Foursome and The Ugly Sister. She has been in a relationship with popular comedian Ricky Gervais since 1982, after they met while studying together at the University College London. The couple has lived together since 1984 and are based in North London. They own a cat called Ollie.
My thanks to netgalley and publishers Penguin for my advance reading e-copy.