Book #15: Strictly Between Us – Jane Fallon

Tamsin and Michelle have been inseparable since childhood. Even now they spend all their time together, along with Patrick, Michelle’s handsome husband.

Except Tamsin’s brilliant assistant Bea (without whom Tamsin’s life would fall apart) has heard a nasty rumour that Patrick is playing away. Determined to uncover the truth, Tamsin devises a honey-trap to test his resolve, using Bea as bait. But she never counted on Bea having her own agenda . . .

Struggling to untangle the web of deceit, Patrick seems to be constantly one step ahead. Can Tamsin reveal the truth to Michelle without ruining everyone’s life along the way?

I’m starting to worry that I don’t enjoy reading.  Or that somehow I’ve decided nobody seems to be writing anything worthy of being read.

I even debated not writing a review for Strictly Between Us for fear that I’m going to come across as some miserable bugger that has nothing nice to say about anyone.

The truth is this was not a bad book, not at all.  It is what it is – ChickLit, escapism, nothing terribly thought provoking. It would no doubt be a tolerable holiday fling, something that was fun (if a little uncomfortable) whilst it lasted, not terribly taxing, but easily forgotten as soon as you boarded the plane home.

My problem is I just didn’t find it in the least bit gripping.  Over 100 pages in and I couldn’t work up the enthusiasm for any of the characters.  Tamsin is fundamentally unlikeable, her best friend is beige (and the character is not developed anywhere near enough), the husband is a slime-ball and no one else is worth a mention.

There’s so much waffling, and then you get whiplash from a random change in point of view towards the end.  One minute you’re with Tamsin, as you have been all the way up to that point, the next you’re with Bea.  And it alternates. Which is just odd. It’s almost as if Fallon decided to try something out, liked it, and thought she’d run with it to the end.

Many have raved about Fallon’s writing, but if this is anything to go by, I shan’t be reading any more if I’m looking for entertainment.




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