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Leading the double life - an interesting read.
Got You Back - Jane Fallon
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Got You Back - Jane Fallon
Advantages: an easy read
Disadvantages: loses its fast pace.
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 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.
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.
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.
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Summary: worth a read.