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My Sweet Revenge – Jane Fallon

Contemporary Fiction 4*s
Contemporary Fiction
4*s

This is a light read which was much appreciated and what more appealing subject than laughing at a hapless, and dare I say it, self-opinionated man, whose wife has become invisible to him after twenty odd years of marriage?

I loved Paula, a slightly overweight woman, who had aspirations to be an actress when she first met Robert but those dreams were put on hold whilst he pursued his acting ambitions and she stayed at home and looked after the baby. She’d been fooled by the ‘I’ll concentrate on my career first and then it will be your turn’ line and of course, it had never been her turn.

Paula’s baby is now about to leave for university and Paula has a part-time job in a coffee shop when she unwittingly spies a text on Robert’s phone that has only one conclusion. Robert is having an affair with one of his fellow cast members on the popular TV drama Farmer Giles.

I can safely confirm that Jane Fallon is back on form with this funny novel detailing how Paula is going to take her revenge. There are laughs to be had at everyday life that we all share – how is it that a novice running for a bus means you’re not stared at (or laughed at) while donning fitness gear and attempting to do it properly means that all heads swivel towards you? Robert’s role on a long running drama – think of a racier version of The Archers on TV, also has plenty to quip about as does the other woman’s penchant for hot yoga! Paula’s method for revenge is inspired although somewhat ambitious and also leads to some somewhat awkward situations.

All of this might give the impression that what happens is predictable, but it isn’t, the author has managed to create some creative twists in the tale which added a great deal of pleasure and apprehension to the plot. Despite no lives being at risk, just hearts, there were some truly cringe worthy moments for me to chuckle at.

The storyline flows and Paula had my sympathy because she wasn’t too whiny about finding out the truth – I know that in ‘real life’ this isn’t particularly likely but it was refreshing to read a book where she missed the self-pitying stage almost instantly and moved straight on with a plan! How refreshing to read a book that isn’t full of the misery of human nature but one which allowed me to laugh at the absurd way we humans often behave whilst sharing some of the less than charitable thoughts that I have about some types of character, their pastimes and ambitions from time to time! She may have been cheated on but it would take far more than that to beat Paula.
My Sweet Revenge moves at quite a pace with never a dull moment with even the seemingly benign domestic scenes taking in the truths of life which made them easy to recreate in the mind’s eye.

The perfect book to relax with, a good holiday read, or honestly a book to pick up and read wherever you fancy – in my case on a plane, in a car, on a train and of course my favourite place, tucked up in bed.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to the publishers Penguin UK who gave me a copy of My Sweet Revenge. My unbiased review is my thanks to them and the hugely entertaining Jane Fallon.

First Published UK: 12 January 2017
Publisher: Penguin
No of Pages:  416
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
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Author:

A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

23 thoughts on “My Sweet Revenge – Jane Fallon

  1. I keep hearing what great fun this is, Cleo. And I’m completely with you when it comes to getting my fill of self-pitying. It’s a part of every loss like this, but it’s so refreshing to meet a character who turns that feeling into action.

  2. I’ve been noticing this one, and I’m always up for a good laugh. Especially if it’s at the expense of a narcissistic male. (I’m assuming this quality about him, based on the behavior you described.).

    Thanks for sharing…and now I want to get my hands on it.

  3. I am also reading a light book right now. It feels shallow and superficial, and it is my biggest comfort as I get home at night and the TV seems too loud and too bright. But as someone told me today on Twitter: Sometimes we need these books!

    1. I think these books are essential, I don’t read many of them but sometimes, they are perfect. I chose it to read while travelling where you need to break off to queue numerous times to get on the plane or run for a train at the drop of the hat and it was a perfect companion!!

  4. I was lucky to receive this book from a friend after reading about it and wanting to grab a copy! I’m happy you enjoyed it 🙂 I love that this book takes the best and the worst of every day life and let you have a laugh at it. I can’t wait to discover all about the revenge. Also, yay for a relaxing read without the main character being all whiny and crying her heart out for ten chapters! Great review!

  5. This sounds like a great, fun read. Its nice to take a break from the usual dark story-lines(thrillers/mysteries). I haven’t read a book that made me laugh in a while so I will look out for this one.

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