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Genre: Romance / Author: Jane Fallon / Paperback / 416 Pages / Book is published 2008-08-15 by Penguin Books Ltd

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      25.07.2013 20:07
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      Sweet Revenge!

      While on holiday in Goa last year, I found that our hotel had a 'library' where guests left any books that they had read and didn't wish to take home with them. I took two books away with me and quickly read both of them, so I decided to visit the library and see if any books took my fancy. This is where I came across Got You Back by Jane Fallon. The book follows a woman called Stephanie. Stephanie is a celebrity stylist and lives in London with her husband James and their son Finn. Stephanie's husband James works as a vet and splits his time between a flat in Lincolnshire above the veterinary clinic and his family home with Stephanie and Finn. One day, Stephanie comes across a text on her husband phone that makes her start to question James's loyalty. The text comes from someone who he simply calls 'K'. Stephanie finally decides to call the number and discovers that the number belongs to a woman called Katie, her husband's mistress. It soon becomes apparent that Katie had no idea that James was married as she believes that James' marriage is over and that he only travels back to London to spend the weekends with his son. The two women decide to meet up and exact revenge on James and to humiliate him. It starts off as only minor humiliations but it soon starts to snowball. I felt that this was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The story itself is fast-paced and really pulls in. I would certainly classify this book as chick-lit, but somehow it seems to stand out from the other same style books I have read. From the beginning, I found that I could identify with all the main characters. Both the female characters were very believable and I found myself relating to both of them, even though they were extremely different from one another. I found myself caring about each of them and what was going to happen to each of them. James, the cheating husband is actually quite likable in his own way although obviously, as the reader, you start the book by instantly disliking him because of his infidelity. Having said that, there are a few characteristics that leave you actually wondering how he is going to take the news that he has been found out, his double life revealed. One thing I really liked about this book, especially as I would classify it as chick-lit, was that it didn't end in the typical 'happy-ever-after' that most books of this genre do. Although many issues in the book were resolved, there were still a few issues that I felt could still do with resolving and I was left wondering what would happen to each of the characters after we left them at the end of the story. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys chick-lit. I found this book to be written in a more intelligent manor than your average chick-lit which I really liked because normally I like to read books that make me think, and this book certainly fitted the bill. The characters were all believable and likable which really helped me to identify with each of them. After reading this book, I would certainly read other work by Jane Fallon.

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        29.02.2012 21:15
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        worth a read.

        I usually go for a more traditional set in the past book when life is so much simpler something I have never experienced being quite young. But for a change I decided to give this modern day book a go. After reading the back of the book I was intrigued a guy who was trying to lead a double life that would eventually become tangled, it had to be good. ******The plot****** The story follows the entwined life of three characters, James, his successful wife Stephanie and his down to earth mistress Katie. James splits his week between his life in London with his wife and son working for another vet and the other half with his mistress in the country running his own practise. The author doesn't mess around too much at the beginning and gets straight into James' cover being blown by his wife. Instead of confronting her husband, after some friends help she decides to bide her time and track this mystery women down. Together they decide revenge is the best way forward. *****The characters***** James is a successful vet living a well to do life with his own veterinary practise. To begin with he comes across as a strong arrogant, self centred man who is pleased with himself for having it all. The author certainly leads you to believe this is a guy you wouldn't want as your husband. He wants to be liked by the right sort of people and he will go out of his way to make sure they do. I took an instant dislike to this guy what women wouldn't he was leading a double life and deceiving everyone around him. But as the story grows I found myself softening to him and I feel this is what the author wants. His character does a very slow U turn. Stephanie, James' wife who lives in there lovely big house in London with their only son Finn instantly comes across as quite a strong character and maybe a little cold hearted. Of course finding out her husband is leading a double life upsets her but she soon puts her strong business head on and plans her revenge. Stephanie runs her own business and is very successful at it she loves the life London brings her she has a good network and a great friend to hold her up when things get tough. But like James you see her character change along the way and cracks begin to appear. The question is, is she really as mean as James it is a question she finds asking herself. Katie is the complete opposite to Stephanie she lives in the country and if I must say the author has stereotyped the characters a little in this way. She is a quiet caring women, pretty but not stunning. As she is the mistress there is something I don't like about her and funny enough I feel she is a weak character for a mistress which is a little strange. *****The way it is written***** The story is written from the three main characters. It constantly changes but I found this interesting as you get more into the three individual characters and what they are like. You find yourself going on a journey with them. As well as the characters changing, the location changes from the fast pace of London to the quiet countryside. The story does mainly follow James which is why it moves about. The story isn't as simple as it first seems as the characters begin to change along the way but this makes it exciting and not as predictable as you think. I find the story sets off at a fast pace but towards the middle it does tend to slow quite a bit but still this didn't put me off reading it. I enjoyed the story and the way it was written. Moving from character to character made it interesting for me and I think if it hadn't it may have become a bit stale. Even though the plot isn't meant to be a humorous one there is still some little laughs along the way which I enjoyed. I managed to read it fairly quickly and found it light hearted it is a simple book to read without too much thought in reading having to go into it. *****Availability***** This book is currently (Feb 2012) available on Amazon new for £5.29 which to be honest I wouldn't pay for it but then I not one for paying more than a couple of pounds for a book these days! It is certainly worth a buy though if you can get it at a good price. It is a nice simple one to read. This review may be posted on other sites under the same user name

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          12.02.2010 11:04
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          Great chicklit

          Got you back is another great novel written by Jane Fallon. The novel is written from the husband, wife and mistresses point of views. The Wife - Stephanie had been happily married to James for 9 years and had a child together, Finn, 7. Five days after there 9th wedding anniversary Stephanie found a txt when she was looking for a phone number, she was not prepared for what she saw.... "I'm really missing you. K xxx" The Husband - James was a vet, and he and Stephanie moved to London 3 years ago although James still worked in Lincoln at his old practice. He split his life into two. One day in Lincoln he saw a woman crying and consoled her, and it lead from there, he had no intention of cheating on his wife... it just happened. The Mistress - Katie was madly in love with her wonderful boyfriend James. She likes to make an effort for James when he comes home, as she knows how stressful life can be working in the city and he just hates lodging with his friends. Katie is unaware that boyfriend James in married until she receives a call from his wife, Stephanie. They plot to get their revenge....... But does it go to far? The novel is hilariously funny and cleverly written, the characters are easy to empathise with and the novel is a real page turner. This is Fallons second novel, I was wary that it would not live up to her first, Forgetting Matthew, but it did not disappoint. I only wish she would write some more. Her stories are intoxicating and I have been left wanting more. This novel is a must read it is simply brilliant, it was also a Richard and Judy summer read selection 2007.

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            26.09.2009 11:19
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            i would read something else by her

            This book by Jane Fallon follows James, a man who has been leading a double life for a year. He has his family Stephanie and son Finn who live in London and his girlfriend Katie who lives in the countryside. The girls are opposites, Stephanie is sarcastic and sharp and Katie is very meek and will do anything to please James. James comes across as a really shallow, arrogant and self obsessed man for most of the book. However Stephanie and Katie find out about each other and decide on a series of events that will hopefully lead to his downfall, but it goes a bit too far. I wont spoil it anymore than that! This book is well written, it had me hooked and I finished it in 2 days. I like the style of writing, its not too flowery and gets straight to the point. I havent read anything else by this author but I think I will now as I enjoyed this book. I felt sorry for both the women at the beginning but by the end my opinion was starting to change. Its interesting to hear all the parts about stephanies job as a stylist as this provides some light hearted bits to what is a very sad subject throughout the book - cheating. I borrowed it from the library but I think its around £7.99 from places like Borders and Waterstones.

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              24.09.2009 12:25
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              Revenge isn't always sweet

              THE HUSBAND, James, was happily married until he met Katie. Now he has somehow ended up leading a double life spending half the week with his wife in London and the rest of the week in Lincolnshire with his mistress. His two separate lives seem to fit into place so easily until things begin to get complicated. THE WIFE, Stephanie, can't believe it when she finds a text on her husband's phone from another woman. But instead of confronting James, she decides to call the mysterious woman and really find out what has been going on. THE MISTRESS, Katie, thinks her boyfriend, James, is the best thing that's ever happened to her. But after a call from a woman who says she's James' wife, her whole life is turned upside down. After talking, the two women, both victims of James' horrible deception, come together and form an allay. They decide that simply ending their relationships with him wouldn't be justice enough - James deserves to pay for what he has done. So the pair decide on the ultimate plan for revenge. ~ My opinion ~ The characters were all very good and the book was written so that each person's perspective was seen. I found the majority of the book to be from Stephanie's point of view and so this automatically puts the reader on her side. She seems to deal with the break down of her marriage very well but I did find it a little odd that she didn't really seem to get at all emotional about it. This made her seem like a very strong-willed character and, because she was also so friendly and didn't hold a grudge against the woman who had been living with her husband for the past year, made her a very likeable character. Katie did seem like a slightly odd choice to play the role of a mistress to be honest. When I think of a mistress, I automatically think of a very sexy, long-legged independent woman (maybe I've read too many other books like this!) but Katie's character was nothing like this. She is a lovely and friendly woman, pretty, with slightly New Age ways, who lives in a little cottage in the village. Because Katie didn't know anything about her boyfriend's wife, this puts the reader on her side as well. That is until their plan for revenge seems to drastically change Katie and turn her into a crazy woman who can only think of the next way to hurt her ex. Fallon's writing is brilliant as she managed to make me feel exactly the same feelings which Stephanie felt the entire way through the book. With regard to Katie, Stephanie began to question if she was going to far in their revenge on James and this made me feel too that perhaps Katie had done enough to get back at him. But Katie's plans continued which, although at first she was also a victim, in the end I found that I didn't really have too many positive feelings left for her. Fallon's writing was also great in the way she made me feel towards James. Throughout the majority of the book, as expected, I didn't like his character at all. He had cheated on two different women and had completely played them for fools. He was a liar and a cheat but he was also irritating in the way that he sucked up to high local figures in the community and looked down on those who he simply thought weren't good enough. However, towards the end of the book, after James has taken many blows and has got what he deserved, I began to feel sorry for him. The circumstances made him realise that what he had done was wrong and who he truly loved and hurting people the way he had made him change his outlook on life. He turned into a much better person but the revenge plan had left him in tatters so, despite me not liking him at first, I found that I eventually forgave him and didn't want him to receive any more blows, which I think is how Fallon wanted the reader to feel. The only real disadvantage I found with the book was that I would have liked it to have been a bit funnier. There were a few comical moments but not so many for what I thought would have been a fairly humours book. This was more of a real life book than a chick-lit comedy. To be honest I was a little disappointed with the way that the women took their revenge. I was hoping for something both equally exciting and horrific, which would have provided many more laughs, but they were kind of basic things that they did which only really humiliated him and knocked his pride. I'm sure there are plenty of other much more entertaining things they could have done to get him back which would have made the book a lot more interesting and funny. Overall though, this was a d read and I did enjoy it a lot. I would simply have liked a few more funny moments and a few more wicked ideas for revenge.

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                20.09.2009 17:36
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                okish

                I read Jane Fallons getting rid of Matthew and found it so hilariously funny, cringe worthy and so cleverly written. My friend lent me the book, and it was what got me reading chic lits. As before getting rid of Matthew i read more crime and thrillers. So when i saw this by Jane Fallon i thought this should be good. Having read it i am in two minds. It is about a man called James who really has everything he needs at home. His wife, a son, a nice home, good job..........but he wants his cake and eat it. He has to travel away to his job where him and his wife Stephanie used to live. So he lives in this town most weeks while he works. It is here he lives his double life with the mistress, Katie. His wife finds a message on his phone one day from Katie and cannot let it rest. She needs to find out who it is. Once both women know about James' dishonesty they seek revenge. The story I feel does drag out a bit and hasnt really got much of a twist. You can almost say it is predictable. Although i still enjoyed reading it because usually with books i find boring i dont bother reading to the end. So it must have had something. Maybe if i had read this before getting rid of matthew my expectations would not have been too high. All in all it is medioca.

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                  26.05.2009 19:41
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                  entertaining enough but could have been better

                  Having previously read Fallon's debut novel, "Getting Rid of Matthew", and enjoyed it I had high hopes for this novel. The premise is simple. Married Stephanie, a successful celebrity stylist lives a normal family life in London with her son Finn. Her husband James splits his time between the family home and a flat above the thriving veterinary surgery where he works in Lincolnshire. However, Stephanie stumbles across a romantic text on James' phone from a mysterious 'K'. She summons up the courage to ring the number and discovers the 'K' stands for 'Katie', James' mistress. Stephanie soon discovers that Katie has been equally oblivious to his deception, believing his marriage to be over and thinking that James only spends the weekends in London to be closer to his son. After the initial shock, the women meet up and, triggered by a comment form Stephanie's friend Natasha, decide to exact revenge. This starts off innocently enough by puncturing his ego at a dinner party. However, one of the pair soon begins to go beyond simple humiliation to the point where other people's livelihoods and financial security becomes threatened. The book is enjoyable and FAllon is obviously a skilled writer, however it does fall down on a few points. The actual main plot gets resolved satisfactorily quite a way from the end of the novel and it feels as though the last 50 plus pages are just padding. In particular, it is assumed that the reader is particularly interested in Stephanie's encounters with dressing D list celebrities; this simply isn't enough to engage for the rest of the book. James' character is presented as being so weak-mannered, you wonder not only whey the headstrong and fully capable Stephanie would have stayed with him for so long; but also how he could have charmed anybody else! Probably the most significant difficulty with the novel is that it just falls into the "average" section of the 'chick-lit' genre. It is not as funny or charming as something by Sophie Kinsella and it isn't gritty enough to be comparable to a market leader like Marian Keyes. There really is some capacity for it to introduce some black humour or an edge which would have made the characters more believable or say something more significant aobut men and women. However the central idea, just as with her previous book, if not wholly original, does hold pace for the most part. I think that in the hands of a lesser writer may not have finished it.

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                    10.05.2009 22:49
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                    I'll be looking out for more of the same

                    I generally love reading a nice bit of chick lit but just lately I've struggled to get into any books and have half a dozen half-finished novels on the go, for one reason or another. A few weeks ago, I noticed that Red magazine was giving away a free novel which happened to be 'Got you back' by Jane Fallon and I couldn't resist a freebie. I had actually read some positive reviews about this particular novel, as well as the author's debut novel 'Getting Rid of Matthew', which I haven't read yet (although it's definitely on my list, after reading this one.) Despite my recent 'reader's block', I had no problem getting into this novel at all. Even from just the summary on the back cover, I could tell that I'd read this from cover to cover and I was right. In fact, I read the whole book on the same day that I got it (although I will confess to being a very quick reader and I was totally engrossed in it, much to my husband's annoyance!) The story is essentially about a woman (Stephanie) who discovers that her husband (James) is having an affair with another woman (Katie.) The two women meet up and discover that neither had any idea about the other. Katie didn't realise that James was still married so he had, essentially, been cheating on both of them. In true chick-lit fashion, the two women hatch a plan to wreak revenge on James and totally humiliate him. Right from the start, I found that I could identify with all three of the major characters. The cheating husband was, understandably, portrayed as a bit of a waster but the author managed to give him just enough redeeming characteristics to make me care about what happens to him as the revenge plan starts to get out of hand. This was crucial to my enjoyment of the book. If James had been made to seem totally unlikeable, I really wouldn't care what happened to him and don't think I would have made it to the end of the story. Both of the female lead characters were believable and, again, I genuinely cared about what was going to happen to them. I could sense quite early on the direction that the book was going to take and that one or other of the women was going to get cold feet about the revenge plan. There was a risk that the book could have gone for a really twee 'Mills and Boon' type ending and I was grateful (without spoiling the outcome of the book for anybody) that this didn't happen. The story was nicely resolved at the end but I was left with a definite sense that there was more story to come and that the characters would live on and resolve things further. It is quite a nice change to come to the end of a chick lit novel and not feel that all the loose ends have very conveniently been tied up in the last few pages and a 'happily ever after' ending given just for the sake of it. As is often the way for me, I was so desperate to find out the outcome of the story that I rushed through it in a matter of hours. It is one of those books that will quite happily go back to in a few months' time and re-read it at a more relaxed pace now that the desire to find out the ending is not so urgent. I'm certainly looking forward to reading the author's previous novel and any future work. My copy was free with a magazine but copies can be picked up for under a fiver on Amazon.

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                      24.03.2009 10:52
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                      An excellent read

                      Last year I really enjoyed reading 'Getting Rid of Matthew' which was Jane Fallon's debut novel. I loved it so much that when I saw that she had written another book - 'Got you back' - I couldn't wait to read it and I was not in the least disappointed. This book is a tale of revenge and hatred in the extreme. This is focused on James who has been getting away with living a double life for the past year, spending half the week with his wife Stephanie and son Finn in London, whilst spending the other half in Lincolnshire living with Katie while running his country vet practice. Everything is fine and all three are happy until Stephanie discovers a text sent from Katie to James. Rather than confronting him outright, she decides to set about finding Katie. Both women meet and, realising that they have both been extremely wronged by James, decide to get him back! They set about a course of revenge which they hope will humiliate him and make him feel as worthless as they have both been made to feel. The two women keep in contact and over the next few months start to chip away at everything that James holds dear. It's not a pretty plan but does seem to be having the desired effect of making them both feel better about themselves. That is, however, until one of them takes revenge too far and the other feels compelled to try and stop her... I won't say any more about the plot only that it led to a really enjoyable and fascinating read. I thought it was very clever the way both women used snippets of information that the other had passed on leading to James becoming quite confused and wondering what was going on. It was the sort of book that really hooked you in very early on and you kept wondering where it was all going to lead. I thought that the character development was excellent. Unsurprisingly, at the start of the book, my sympathies lay very definitely with the two women. However, as the story progressed, even though James had behaved unforgiveably, I couldn't help feeling just that little bit sorry for him. This was especially so because, as his world started to crumble around him, you did start to see glimmers of a better person underneath! In fact, all three main character go through a lot of soul searching from beginning to end of this novel, and all question themselves. to varying degrees, as to what their motivation really is. There are also a very interesting array of minor characters who add to the interesting mix, including potential love interests for both Stephanie and Katie. There are also some amusing characters from the world of celebrity as Stephanie's job is as a dresser to the stars and also some colourful country characters surrounding the country vets. They all contribute well to the making of a lively and interesting tale. This is the sort of book that I just didn't want to put down. From the very first pages I felt involved and I continued to feel that way until the very end. The novel is well crafted focusing on each of the characters at different times. It was pacy and it was clever - two things that I really enjoy in a novel. You might look at it and think it is chic lit, but if it is, it's of the very best sort. I highly recommend it for an absorbing and entertaining read. The book is just over 400 pages and is available from Amazon for £4.98/

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                        14.03.2009 10:26
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                        A thoroughly enjoyable read - I loved it!

                        I really enjoyed Jane Fallon's first novel 'Getting Rid of Matthew' and so I was looking forward to reading her second. It is currently available free with the latest copy of Red Magazine, but unfortunately it didn't come with my subscription copy so I got it out of the library last week instead. 'Got You Back' is a story of revenge and female solidarity. It centres around two main female characters, Stephanie and Katie, who are united when they realise they are both involved with the same man, James who is leading a double life, spending half of the week in rural Lincolnshire with his girlfriend Katie and half in London with his wife Stephanie and son Finn. When Stephanie discovers text messages from Katie, instead of confronting her husband, she decides to call the number and confront his mistress herself. The two women meet and come up with their plan for revenge, initially with lots of little things designed to confuse and disorientate him, and ultimately with larger, life-changing strategies, culminating in them getting their revenge for his duplicity. The main characters in the book are well developed and draw you into their stories. The major character is actually James - as he is the focal point and the common link between the two women. I found him an intriguing character as you really get a sense of the way in which he is torn between the two women, and also his sense of his own importance - he comes across as very self-centred in many ways, although his bond with his young son does give him a more sympathetic edge. His character develops throughout the novel as the events unfold and I did find myself changing my originally negative view of him. His wife Stephanie is a very strong female character who I found myself warming to as the story progressed. Initially she seemed a bit cold and detached, but the more her character developed, the more I liked her. I particularly enjoyed the scenes focusing on her work as a stylist dressing minor C-list celebs for awards ceremonies as I was entertained by the descriptions of her struggling to persuade these 'stars' that she knew what outfits would work for them. The mistress Katie is a softer character initially - she seems like the kind of person who you would like to be friends with, and feel protective towards, but her experiences make her harder and stronger as the book progresses. I also liked the character of James' and Stephanie's son Finn - I think he was also well developed as a less significant character and added a lot to the story. Overall, I felt that this was a thoroughly enjoyable read. The story is fast-flowing and really pulls you into it - I finished it in two days as I just didn't want to put it down. It is definitely chick-lit, but it is a more intelligent and well-written novel than some of the books out there at the moment, so I think it is a good buy for anyone looking for a bit of light, entertaining reading without being challenged too much. I'm a big chick-lit fan and I do think that Jane Fallon is one of the stronger authors in this genre - her characterisation and plot-lines are good, and even people who claim to hate chick-lit (or pink books as my Dad calls them) might be pleasantly surprised when reading this.

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                          06.01.2009 23:17
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                          A second great book from Jane Fallon

                          After reading Jane Fallon's first novel 'Getting rid of Matthew' I couldn't wait for her to release another book and even though it was released earlier on last year it was only recently that I got around to purchasing and finally reading her latest book. With just as enticing a plot as the first book I couldn't wait to get into it! The author: Jane Fallon is a producer for TV shows and this is her second book. Jane Fallon has been dating Ricky Gervais since 1982 who she met whilst studying at University and she currently lives with him in London with their Cat. Plot: James thinks he has the good life - a loving wife Stephanie, at home and a son he adores and out in the countryside where he works part time a mistress, Katie, who knows nothing about his wife and son. However it all soon goes pear shaped for him when both women find out about each other. Instead of confronting him though they decided to get him back for what he has done by working together to ruin his life in various little ways. James is suddenly confused by why his life is turning upside down and has no idea it is because the two women in his life know about the affair he has been having! Before long things start to get slightly out of hand and Stephanie is starting to wonder if maybe things should stop - however that is easier said than done and soon Katie is taking things even further. Will James be able to figure out what is happening and just how far will Katie go to get her revenge? Characters: Another well developed bunch of characters from Jane Fallon. Again I couldn't help easily falling straight into the book because the characters were ones you could feel for and understand. The first main character of the book is really James - he is the one who is having the affair and leading the double life seeing the two women. I really couldn't feel any sympathy for him as he truly is a bit of an idiot really - after all he has a wife at home who doesn't know what he's been up to and yet through certain thoughts of his I could only see him as bad person. Of course he is playing the mistress as well and that makes it even worse! Nearer to the end of the book his character does change a bit but, by then it is too late to start liking him in my opinion! Then there is James' Wife Stephanie who after learning about his affair you feel really sorry for - however she is quite a strong person and you root for her to get back on her feet and even though she has a couple of times where some people may think some of the things she does is wrong, you can really relate to her and understand why she is doing what she is doing. Stephanie has more of a guilty feeling for what she is doing and in fact as she starts to move on she starts to realise that the isn't as keen to get her revenge as she first wanted. Katie is the mistress of James and immediately as soon as you realise what James is doing and we 'meet' Katie you feel extremely sorry for her. She is such a nice person that you can really feel her upset at what has happened. Interestingly though the author has made the character of Katie become stronger along the way in the way in which she is making sure James gets everything coming to him - whereas Stephanie starts to feel slightly guilty, Katie does not and there seems to be no stopping her! Again though you can really understand what she is going through and the expression 'Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned' sure rings true here! Price: Another Tesco buy for me at a cost of £3.73 - I tend to buy a lot of my books here to get my Tesco points but, of course there is always the internet where you can pick up copies of this book from as little as 1p before postage. If you would rather just rent the book then the library should have copies of this book. Overall opinion: I enjoyed this book just as much as Jane Fallon's first because she really does manage to create great characters and capture their feelings really well. The storyline is also a bit different as rather than the usual 'two people meet- fall in love' scenario this deals with what happens when two women find out about the affair and each other. I am sure it probably has been done before but, it still has a slight edge to it and is also in some parts quite funny! I really got into the book and finished it pretty quickly too - in fact I was a little upset I finished it so soon because I was enjoying it so much! I again can only hope that she plans on releasing another book soon as Jane Fallon is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. A highly recommended book ideal for those who are fans of Chris Manby and Sophie Kinsella although I think most who like a bit of 'chick lit' would enjoy this.

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                            26.11.2008 22:21
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                            After chick lit? This makes the perfect change to the usual stuff

                            The second book by Jane Fallon (the first being the very enjoyable and funny Getting Rid of Matthew) is a tale of revenge. Once again the story is set around an affair and the three people involved. Stephanie has spent nine years in what she thinks is a happy marriage with James. James divides his time between his home with Stephanie and their son Finn in London and his job as a vet whilst the other half of the week is spent in the Country at his own veterinary practise...whilst living with his girlfriend Katie. James thinks he has his life pretty sorted - the old cliché "having your cake and eating it" springs to mind - until Stephanie reads a text message from Katie to James one day that leaves her in no doubt that James has been having an affair. What ensues turns all three of their lives upside down, as the two women get together to plot their revenge... My Thoughts ========= I've mentioned this before, but "chick lit" isn't usually my top choice of reading. I like reading it now and again as a bit of light entertainment. I was thoroughly impressed with "Getting Rid of Matthew" so I was keen to read this and to see if she could back up her excellent debut! The answer is... She does, almost. It is hard not to do a comparison to her first book, they both hold the same theme of adultery. However, I enjoyed the different twist that Fallon put on this story - that instead of Katie (the girlfriend) being the knowing bit of the side, she is in fact as in the dark about James's double life as his wife Stephanie is. Once the two women realise that they have been humiliated and cheated on by their husband/boyfriend, they hatch several plans so that James will suffer. As a result, it is James the unfaithful husband that is duped and not the women who have fallen victim to his cheating ways. Once again Jane Fallon has managed to turn an ordinary tale in mundane chick lit land into an interesting story of revenge that made me keep reading just to see the results of the womens plotting! I found that both Stephanie and Katie were likeable characters so it wasn't hard to get behind them in their quest to humiliate James - equally, James' actions and increasingly, his snobbish and cocky attitude made it easy for me to dislike him. The story is made interesting by alternating the perspectives, we see the story from Katie, Stephanie and James' point of view. Like her debut, the story is fast paced and I enjoyed having my spare 15 minutes on the bus reading it. I also liked that I thought I knew how the book was going to end but by half way through I realised that there must be something else. It is also around the half way point in the book that I started to change my perspective of James' character. The development of his character is fairly dramatic over the course of the book and I'm tempted to say that it was a bit of a miraculous change - but at the same time it worked and slowly - although not entirely liking him - I did feel sorry for him. The acts of humiliation are fantastic to read about and I felt the sense of triumph that the women had when it all went to plan, but when Stephanie felt that things had gone too far, it was also at this point that I felt that things had gone a step too far, so I think that the author judged this accurately and the change in the story reflected that. Overall, I would recommend this for chick lit fans and especially If you haven't read her first book. I do think it is a good read but it wasn't quite as exciting and as funny as her first. It is still well written perfectly balanced as a light hearted read and different with its quirky twist on this tales of romance, a refreshing change from the happily ever afters you get from these genres.

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                              12.11.2008 21:58
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                              enjoyable in the clouds novel

                              I was lent this book by a friend - we often swap books to get the value out of them. The start of the book was very readable, pretty believable (something I think fiction has to be to make it good) and well written. I'm afraid that's the best bit. It's not that I disliked the book, I did actually enjoy it, but after Stephanie discovers the 'other woman', the believable part falls flat on it's face. No woman I know could know her partner was cheating, and not say or do something. I certainly couldn't. I thought the idea of the act of revenge was good, but still not believable. That brings us to the end of the story. What a disappointment! There is no real resolution, just kind of leaves the reader wondering who ends up with who - if they can muster the energy to care, that is. To summerise, it's an enjoyable read, as long as you want pure fiction. If you want believable fiction, dont bother

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                              15.10.2008 13:20

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                              great if youre expecting light hearted

                              Not having read 'Getting rid of Matthew' so being completely new to Jane Fallons work I bought this book purely for 2 reasons. Firstly because I heard that she is Ricky Gervaise wife and secondly, perhaps most importantly, it was on special offer at Asda in their 2 for £7 offer. My initial thoughts were that I loved the short chapters so able to pick it up and put it down even if I only had 10 minutes! Also loved the large writing as I do alot of reading by lamp light whilst putting daughter to bed. The story itself I found to be viable, pretty witty in parts but lacked a certain somthing. I just couldnt find myself feeling sorry for the two 'betrayed' women Stephanie and Katy and wasnt sure that their calmness was 'real life' . On the whole a little predictable but great for a light read.

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                              22.09.2008 19:32

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                              Try it for yourself...

                              Before going on holiday, I decided I needed a good read to keep me occupied whilst travelling. I have read a few books by several different novellist's but nothing by Jane Fallon before so decided I would give it ago after reading about the book. Without giving too much information away, I will give a brief description of what the book is about and what got me interested in the storyline in the first place: Stephanie and James are happily married couple, or so she thought until she saw a text message from another women (Katie) in her husband's phone. Instead of confronting the issue with James, Stephanie had other ideas on how to get revenge on her husband. What I liked about this book was that the storyline is so real as many couples are faced with this kind of situation. The characters, Stephanie, Katie and James are so real and you can familiarise yourself with them as you probably know someone like them or can see things in them that you see in yourself. The book is easy to read and you get a real sense of how Stephanie feels and I think a lot of women who have been in a similar situation could relate to her. In my opinion, the story was enjoyable and I would read another book by Jane Fallon. The only disappointment with this story was the ending as it was pretty predictable and wouldn't be something you could read again later. The book was interesting and witty though and it kept you wanting to read more and more!

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