Rumours, secrets and lies. It's all in a day's work.
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 . . .
Having previously read and enjoyed Jane Fallon's 'Getting Rid of Matthew', I had high hopes for 'Strictly Between Us'. I must say that ultimately it did live up to my expectations.
The story revolves around Tamsin and her friendship with Michelle. They have been best friends for years, so when Tamsin hears rumours that Michelle's husband is having an affair, she sets out to find the truth, enlisting the help of her loyal assistant Bea.
What ensues is a tale of lying, cheating and utter deceit. It's hard to go into the story without giving away too much of the outcome, however there are plenty of twists and turns that will leave you hooked.
The first part of the book is written from Tamsin's point of view, however things get even more interesting once the second half kicks in, and we get to read things from Bea's perspective.
I did find some of the plot a bit predictable at times and I didn't like how one of the main 'twists' in the book happens in the first chapter, however, it certainly grabs your attention and makes you want to read on.
I didn't find any of the characters particularly likeable, but that made me enjoy the fact that ultimately, all those who did wrong got their comeuppance in the end.
This is an edgy chick lit - there's no fluffy love story here. Jane Fallon manages to develop a realistic situation - what would you do if you thought your best friend's husband was cheating on her? She also manages to bring humour into the book and I did find it very witty at times.
There is definitely a lesson to be learnt for the characters and the book will have you rooting for some of the more unlikely people.
Overall, this is a great book and it made me want to keep reading to find out everyone's fate. If you like feisty chick-lit or are a fan of Jane's previous work then this is the book for you.
I would like to thank Katrina for her review who was kindly given an advanced copy of this book by the publisher and Net Galley in return for an honest opinion.