Jane Fallon: Got You Back

 

Blurb:

 

The brilliantly witty novel from the Top Ten Sunday Times bestselling author of Getting Rid of Matthew.

A husband. A wife. A mistress. And the ultimate plan for revenge . . .

The husband

James never intended to lead a double life – with a wife in London and a mistress in the country, it’s exhausting. But that’s all about to change . . .

The wife

Stephanie isn’t really snooping when she finds a text message from a strange woman on her husband’s mobile. But now she’s found it, how can she ignore it? It’s time to track the woman down and find out what’s going on . . .

The mistress

Katie has no reason to believe her boyfriend, James, is cheating until someone claiming to be his wife gets in touch. Now she’s been cast in the role of mistress. Not one she’s happy with . . .

Once Stephanie and Katie know about each other, they must decide what to do. They could both just throw him out or they could join forces to make his life hell first . . .

But revenge isn’t always sweet. And what happens when one woman thinks enough is enough but the other doesn’t know when to stop?

 

Review:

Jane Fallon is the producer of This Life and Teachers, which means she’s responsible for two of my favourite programmes ever, and possibly my unrequited love for Andrew Lincoln. I should, therefore, enjoy her books, and I read Got You Back to prepare for the publication of her third book, Strictly Between Us. Does Got You Back manage to match my high expectations?

Stephanie finds a text message from a mysterious woman, “K”, on her husband, James’ phone. With the help of her best friend, Natasha, she manages to track down “K”, whose name, she learns, is Katie. Katie tells Stephanie that James had told her that he and Stephanie had separated, and that James was living with her during the week. When the pair realise that James is leading a double life and has been lying to both of them, they hatch a plan: to hold a birthday party for James and expose his double life in front of all his family and friends. However, at his birthday party, James breaks down and tells Stephanie everything, leaving Katie without a chance to exact revenge herself. How far will she go for revenge, and can Stephanie and Katie ever move on?

Got You Back is an entertaining book. It is easy to read and Fallon describes the characters in enough detail so that the reader can picture them, and feel involved in the plot. The plot is intriguing, and whilst there are some aspects of it that are predictable, or require you to suspend your belief for a while, there are several twists and turns which keep you reading. However, the style of Fallon’s writing is sometimes monotone, and this means that her ideas do not always translate well to the format of a novel. It is evident from Got You Back (and Fallon’s first novel, Getting Rid of Matthew) that the author’s background lies in television, as the plot would make an interesting TV series, but as a novel, it falls a little short of my expectations.

Got You Back is available from Amazon.

 

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