I bought this having read Lucy Dawson's first book "His Other Lover" which I really enjoyed - page turning and a bit dark.
This was a pretty good read but not as good as the first book. The story is about Molly, notionally happily married, who for no good reason sends a message to an ex boyfriend on Facebook. The ex boyfriend is a type from central casting of ex boyfriends - handsome, charming, left her for someone else, bad boy. The book is about what follows from that.
This is more "chick lit" than her first book which was closer to a psychological suspense novel with a hint of chick lit. This one is more full on chick lit with a hint of psychological suspense.
Tiptoeing round spoilers, I would say that the reason that it wasn't as good as the first book was due to plot and character implausibility at various points. The basic premise was pretty implausible (the ex boyfriend's behaviour and attitude to Molly given his basic character) as was the individual behaviour of characters. In numerous places, you wondered why if she was so happily married to her husband why she couldn't communicate with him. A big chunk of their interaction was about having a baby; I really don't see why someone in such a close relationship wouldn't be honest and discuss their fears openly with their partner. It all seemed a bit teenage, juvenile - and yes implausible.
But the most ridiculous plot point is when one individual breaches a professional confidence. This was just stupid. Anyone in that position would never do that as they would lose their livelihood and be struck off.
Ultimately, if you were thinking of buying it I wouldn't seek to dissuade you - it's a fairly good read. But if you've never read any Lucy Dawson, His Other Lover is much better.
(I also agree with the view expressed by someone else here that Lucy Dawson's publishers need to really work on the titles of the books. Both of them are unoriginal, too chick litty and don't accurately reflect what the book is about.
This is not about "the one that got away" - either from Molly's perspective or the ex-bf's.)
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 602 KB
- Print Length: 399 pages
- Publisher: Sphere (14 October 2010)
- Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0751542520
- ISBN-13: 978-0751542523
- ASIN: B0047O2BQ6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 43 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #172,903 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)