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An enjoyable chick lit
Foursome - Jane Fallon
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Foursome - Jane Fallon
Advantages: Light but good story, funny
Disadvantages: May be a little too lightweight for some
Foursome is the third novel by 'chick-lit' novelist Jane Fallon after the highly successful 'Getting Rid of Matthew' and 'Got You Back.'
It tells the story from the point of Rebecca. She has been part of the titular friendship foursome since her University days - that is her and her husband Daniel, and best friend Isabel and her husband Alex. Now in their late thirties/early forties and with families of their own - their serene relationship as a group is shattered when Alex leaves Isabel, confesses his undying love for Rebecca and then proceeds to court Rebecca's arch nemesis and work colleague Lorna.
Harbouring secrets as well as her own selfish wants and needs, the relationship between Rebecca, Lorna and Alex rapidly begins to unravel leading to a chain of events which affect her marriage, her career and her remaining friendships. Rebecca is also forced to confront her cosy existence and her own selfish reasons for wanting to keep the group together as it always has been.
Plotwise, it is fair to say that this is pretty much in, there are some slightly more unexpected developments towards the end of the film but these have more in common with your average job wish fulfilment fantasies. This is not wholly a criticism though. Fallon is definitely a good writer, even if the story itself is unlikely to set the world on fire.
Characterisation-wise, Fallon's strongest point in this as with her previous book is with the narrator Rebecca. She really does a good line in narcissistic protagonists of whom you can never really be sure just how self-aware they are until something in the story confronts them. As a result of this and because the story is not particularly long or intense, the secondary characters do have a tendency to be quite thinly sketched.
It is certainly not a dull read by any means, but I suppose a lot of your enjoyment is up to how you do respond to the narrator as it is her voice that runs through it and I think that if you take a dislike to her (as is quite likely actually) then you will find this impossible to read.
You can zip through this book quite quickly, once you got into it as it does not really need a massive amount of concentration. The dialogue is pretty snappy and it is actually very funny and sassy for much of it without really giving much in the way of emotional punch.
A lot of the comments that are on the book indicate that it is 'dark' or 'edgy' . Whilst it is certainly not light or fluffy, I wouldn not say that it really has masses in the way of darkness - apart from the obvious ups and downs.
If you have read Fallon's previous books, then you will know what to expect - a well-written pacy enough story which will not trouble your memories too much in the future. I would highly recommend it as a holiday read given the time of year that I am writing this.
Summary: A good holiday read