Saturday, 29 March 2014

BLOG TOUR: Skeletons by Jane Fallon (plus giveaway!)

Thursday saw the release of Skeletons, the latest novel by Getting Rid of Matthew author Jane Fallon. We thoroughly enjoyed this book, and courtesy of publishers Michael Joseph, have two copies to give away!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply email the editor with 'Skeletons' as the subject header by April 5th.

BOOK REVIEW

Jen Masterson has always adored her husband Jason's family - his large, loving, home with his happily-married, proud parents has always been a welcoming fixture in her life. Jason's siblings are her best friends; a huge difference to the family she was brought up in. And with the couple's two children having grown up and ventured away to university, the extended Masterson family unit with their weekly visits and family dinners keeps Jen involved.

However, Jen accidentally discovers a secret. And a rather big secret, at that.

A secret that has the potential to tear the entire Masterson family apart.

Letting Jason know what she's found out would only upset him and possibly drive a wedge between Jen and the family. So she decides to keep it quiet, continuing with life as normal and trying remarkably hard to keep up the pretence in the presence of the Mastertons.

Though it can only last for so long. Soon, the secret is catching up with Jen; following her, demanding that she comes clean about what she knows.

And if she doesn't confess, then someone else will...

The longer Jen keeps the secret, the harder it becomes. With family events looming, there's only so much time before she has to come clean about what she knows, And when it happens, she tells not only Jason, but the entire Masterson family.

Jen is soon forced to deal with the consequences of confessing all to the family that's trusted her, enveloped her in love and let her be one of them. And when her world comes crashing down around her, Jen has to decide what to do next in order to pick up the pieces.

It's quite hard to write a review without giving too much away - after all, one of the things I enjoyed most about this book was discovering the secret, and I really don't want to post any spoilers! Sometimes in life, we come across things that could be kept to ourselves; secrets that could cause harm when revealed. But is it best to keep these secrets? What would happen if we told? Jane Fallon explores this concept wonderfully, and tells a fantastic, highly addictive story about a woman placed in terribly predicament - one that could potentially break up a family.

Skeletons is a very intriguing novel of secrets, scandal and family dilemma, which Jane handles brilliantly (her novels Getting Rid of Matthew and The Ugly Sister are some of my favourites), and I was very excited about the release of Skeletons. Such a great book - I'm already looking forward to Jane Fallon's next offering!

Rating: 5/5

Check out The Friendly Shelf for tomorrow's stop on Jane's blog tour!

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