Reading is a big part of me, since I was a child I’v had my nose in a book. Discovering Enid Blyton & wishing I could go to Malory Towers or getting adventurous & joining The Famous Five, my Grandad introduced me to Harry Potter & I was hooked. As I got older reading my taste broadened, getting caught up in a new romance the roller coaster of relationships, crime stories that have you gripped wanting to know who did it? Science fiction with The Hunger Games trilogy to Fantasy with Harry Potter. I’ve always loved History so historical fiction I am also drawn to, so you can see there is a real mix.
A couple of weekends ago I was away with my girlfriends who are also readers & the idea came up to start our own book club which we did & honestly it was the best thing we did. Our first book was ‘Strictly Between Us’ by Jane Fallon & were discussing over brunch last weekend. It was a great first book to start our Book Club so I thought it was perfect choice to start my own Book Club here on Abigail Alice so you can join me & my girlfriends with all of our new reads.
Tamsin and her best friend Michelle have been inseparable since they were teenagers. Even now they spend all their time together, along with Patrick, Michelle’s handsome husband. So when Tamsin hears a rumour that Patrick is having an affair, she is furious. Unwilling to ignore it, Tamsin plots a scheme to catch Patrick in the act, using her assistant Bea as live-bait. It should be fool proof.
After all, Tamsin can trust Bea with anything. From her daily coffee order to fetching her dry-cleaning, writing reports and doing all the filing – Bea does everything with a smile on her face. Except Tamsin never considered Bea might have her own agenda.
And if she does, then Tamsin really needs to watch her back . . .
‘Strictly Between Us’ is a real page turner it is a story of friendship, loyalty & hidden agendas. The book is split into several parts, part one is told by Tamsin & here you are thrown into the story quite quickly & introduced to the main characters. The characters are colourful & all of them vital to the storyline so you do feel as though you get to know them & even with their flaws you have some feelings towards them, good or bad. The basic storyline is nothing new however it’s the added dramas some which make you laugh out loud & some encounters that have you cringing & sighing in despair, all of which adding to the story & making it a real page turner.
Tamsin & Michelle’s friendship is the key to this story & yes sometimes you are blindsided from it with drama of the storyline. I couldn’t help but think of my own best friend whilst reading, luckily she was reading the book too so we were both able to say to one another ‘what would we do’ or ‘does this really happen,’ are we that naive to think people actually do this, well then yes we are. The plot doesn’t always go the way you would expect, instead you are shown the complications of the situation & the easy routes aren’t always taken. And although this means that Tamsin may not get her happy ending, it does make for a much more thought-provoking depiction of friendships & relationships.
If you want to join along our 2nd book which I have just finished is Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, a London based crime with plenty of twists, pick it up & keep a look out for a review on the blog soon! AA x