Getting Rid of Matthew by Jane Fallon Book Review

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Title: Getting Rid of Matthew 
Author: Jane Fallon
Pages: 409
Publication date: 4th January 2007
Publisher: Penguin

About the book
Helen is nearly forty, and has, for far too long, had an affair with Matthew, a high-powered, much older, attractive, married man who was once, of course, her boss. After years of being disappointed by missed dates, out-of-the-way restaurants, broken promises, and hushed phone calls, at last Helen realizes it's time to dump Matthew and get on with her life.

This, of course, is the exact moment when Matthew decides to leave his wife for her. He appears on her doorstep and proceeds to move in. Helen then discovers how much she can't bear him. But she can't just throw him out-after all, she's been begging him to do exactly this for years. The only thing to do, she decides, is to convince his wife, Sophie, to take him back. 

So after a "chance" meeting in the park, Helen befriends Sophie and hears all about her lying, cheating husband. But then, the unexpected happens - Helen really starts to like Sophie. And then there's the other small problem of Matthew's handsome, charming son... "

This is my first Jane Fallon read and I've been meaning to pick up one of her books for the longest time now as I hear nothing but great things. After reading The Five by Hallie Rubenhold which was quite an intense, hard-hitting book, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to pick up something lighter, flufflier and a bit easy going, so I figured, what better place to start than her very first novel?

Now, if you read my Things I Don't Like in Books post, you'll know that I typically steer clear of books that are centred around infidelity; it's just not a topic I like reading about. Getting Rid of Matthew, however, was slightly different in the sense that, yes, this is undoubtedly the centre topic of this story, but it somehow worked by not glamorising infidelity or promoting it as a good thing to do.

Helen worked well as the main protagonist; she was very 'real'. The author didn't make her too perfect, in fact, she showed a nasty, immature side to her at times that made her somehow more believable; not necessarily likeable at times, but believable and I feel like she is the most normal, realistic character I've read about in a chicklit in a long time.

Despite Helen being believable in the way she thinks and acts, the plot was a bit far fetched, but it's chicklit, so we can accommodate for the extra drama for the sake of the genre, right?

It was a very average book; I didn't hate it and nor was it the best book I've read from this genre. I read it in a couple of days and it was exactly what I was looking for. I enjoyed it at the time but will likely forget the characters names in 6 months time.

Verdit: ★★★

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