Review of Strictly Between Us by Jane Fallon

Published: 14th January 2016
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 448


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…


Thank you to Penguin for kindly sending me a review copy. One of the main reasons why I have stopped reading blurbs of books is because they sometimes give the plot away and quite frankly, that’ll stop me from purchasing a book, so to the people who write blurbs, please stop ruining narratives for us.

The narrative begins our main character, Tamsin, finding herself in a very awkward situation with her best friends husband but it’s all okay because it’s how she is going to reveal the truth about their sham of a marriage. She wasn’t fooling me, that’s for sure. I instantly liked Tamsin; she’s her own person, knows what she does/doesn’t want in life and her dog is called Ron. She was right up my street in terms of being an interesting character to follow along the pages.

“The scheme I had come up with was this: Patrick apparently could not resist a pretty face.”

The relationship between Tasmin and her assistant Bea was so lovely to read. They seemed to click on the page and sync as one which was completely enjoyable to read about. It was quite a surprise when Jane changed view point and allowed Bea to narrate because I expected it to be slowly from Tasmin and her crazy, messed up world. What a change of view point that was – unexpectedly good and quite funny if I’m completely honest. As the plot continued and Tasmin was given a chance to expose Patrick for who he truly is, I couldn’t help but enjoy the narrative even more. It had gone from what I thought might have been easy to work out to having no clue what would be unveiled.

“If you’ve never experienced the sensation of chasing a man down a hotel corridor while crying and begging at the same time, I can’t say I’d recommend it.”

When Tamsin breaks the news to her best friend, it is utterly heart breaking. The ending of the narrative is brilliant but I did however expect more fireworks to occur and in reality, once I thought about the way it all ended, it was quite calm. I was quite disappointed in terms of Tasmin’s own ending but I liked the fact that Jane didn’t go down the typical “girl and boy fall in love but they’re so different” route so I had to take my hat off to her for that. It was a really great read, rather unexpected (in a good way) and one I would recommend if they’re looking for a book for a holiday.

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