Welcome to The Close – a beautiful street of mansions, where gorgeous Stella is the indisputable Queen Bee . . .
It is here that Laura, seeking peace and privacy after her marriage falls apart, rents a tiny studio. Unfortunately, her arrival upsets suspicious Stella – who fears Laura has designs on her fiancé, Al.
When Laura stumbles on the big secret Al is hiding, suddenly Stella’s perfectly controlled world, and Laura’s future, are threatened.
Taking a chance on beating Al at his own twisted game, these two former strangers are fast becoming friends.
But has Laura forgotten that revenge always comes with a sting in the tail?
Queen Bee is a totally page-turning read that kept me gripped and glued to the page last week in gorgeous Crail in the East Neuk of Fife Laura is a memorable an sympathetic protagonist and we find ourselves gripped by the nightmarish situation that she ends up inextricably tangled up in. I was happy to be sitting with my feet up on the deck, looking out at the gorgeous views from the balcony of our holiday home, totally caught up in this fast-paced and moreish read.
One of the main reasons that I think we feel so strongly about Laura’s situation is that she seems like the kind of person we actually might know. Despite the nightmarish situation she ends up in, we never feel like this is improbable or unbelievable. Her very credibility helps make this such a pageturning read as we really really want to know what happens to her and how her she and Stella will manage to turn the tables on the dastardly Al.
The fact that this book has such a familiar setting will resonate with lots of its readers as so many people I know have met a few Queen Bees of their own and it really does make you think about the most ordinary encounters we might have in quite a different light at times. Laura’s relationship with Stella turns out a lot differently than she imagined when she first met her and this is where the story really starts to get grippy. Laura’s inner voice tells us that things are not quite as they seem with Al and I feel like this is a sound reminder to us that we should probably listen to that little niggle in real life as it might be more accurate than we ever could have imagined…
I really enjoyed the way that Laura was not just a stereotypical female character, wondering about why men are so crappy or pining over her ex. Laura’s very lack of passivity and ‘accepting her fate’ was one of the things that made this such an enjoyable read. The way that even the most ‘normal’ of people might have secrets lurking beneath the surface and might be very different people than they seem at first is a returning theme in domestic noir and I feel like it’s very well-handled here – we immerse ourselves in the facts that emerge and see things start to unravel before our very eyes in a wholly convincing way and I just could NOT put it down! So happy that I was somewhere so relaxing so that I could just keep turning those pages…
Queen Bee is a must read for all fans of a hilarious and gripping take on modern manners who like to be pulled into a story and held there until the very last page. I’d like to thank @GabyYoung for inviting me onto the blog tour and introducing me to such a pageturner. I have loved Jane Fallon’s books from the very start and loved this perfect summer read Grab yourself a copy here and immerse yourself in Laura’s very own neighbourhood adventure – with a sting in the tail 🙂
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Jane Fallon is the multi-award-winning television producer behind shows such as This Life, Teachers and 20 Things to Do before You’re 30. Her debut novel “Getting Rid of Matthew’ was published in 2007 and became a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller as have her subsequent books ‘Got You Back’, ‘Foursome’, ‘The Ugly Sister’, ‘Skeletons’, ‘Strictly Between Us’,’My Sweet Revenge’, ‘Faking Friends’ and ‘Tell Me a Secret’
Her 10th novel Queen Bee is available now to pre order in both paperback and for Kindle.
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