Foursome by Jane Fallon Book Review

Monday, 29 March 2021

Author: Jane Fallon
Pages: 391
Publication date: 17th February 2010
Publisher: Penguin
Genre: fiction

About the book
Rebecca, Daniel, Alex and Isabel have been best friends since university. Rebecca married Daniel, Alex married Isabel and, for twenty years, they have been inseparable. But all that is about to change...

When Alex walks out on Isabel, Rebecca thinks things can't get any worse. But then she finds out the reason why and she's left harbouring a secret she'd rather forget...

And there’s more upheaval to come in Rebecca’s life as her emaciated, neurotic, self-obsessed colleague, Lorna – her arch nemesis at work – suddenly becomes a regular feature in her social life. Rebecca’s once-happy foursome is now a distant memory and with hearts broken and friendships fractured, it seems that change is never a good thing. Or is it?

It's been a few days since I read this book and usually I write the review the same day so all my thoughts are as fresh as they possibly can be, however, this is a book I've had to think over for the past few days as I can't decide if I liked or disliked it and I - think- I have come to a conclusion.

This is one of those books that is really well written, but actually, not much happens and the whole thing was just a bit slow. I was waiting for the 'big moment' and it kinda just never came. On reflection, I'm not too sure what the point of this story is. There was a nice underlying message of women supporting women at the very end of the book, but 85% of this book is about two 40-something women bickering and making each other's lives as miserable as possible.

It's written in Rebecca's POV and she came across quite childish and immature for a 40-something woman living and working in London with two kids and a husband in tow. It reads like it was written by an 18 year old in places and the bickering throughout the book between Rebecca and Lorna is actually quite petty. I'm not saying that the stuff that Rebecca got annoyed about was unrealistic, but the way in which Rebecca dealt with it was a bit shallow - and the same can be said for Lorna. I think Rebecca was supposed to be portrayed as a strong female lead, but she got to the point of being intolerable.

There were also far too many filler characters for my liking. Simon and Rose, for example, added absolutely nothing to the story and I honestly could not have cared less about them. I found Isabel had next to no personality and Dan was the most boring character out of them all. I had no sympathy for any of the characters and I felt pretty much all of them were a bit dull and a bit bland.

Overall I wouldn't recommend this book and I know for certain that I'll have forgotten the character's names in a couple of months.

Verdict: ★★

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