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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Kirk Parolles; 1 edition (2 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957544375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957544376
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 264,460 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tina Seskis grew up in Hampshire, and after graduating from the University of Bath spent over 20 years working in marketing and advertising. She is the author of two novels, One Step Too Far and A Serpentine Affair. Tina lives in North London with her husband and son.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By booklover on 2 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
I absolutely loved One Step Too Far, so have literally been chomping at the bit to get my hands on this one and it did not disappoint.
A lot of second books can be a bit of a letdown as if all of the writers good ideas went into the first one and they are struggling to capture the magic of their debut. But fear not this is just as good as OSTF, lots of flawed and complicated characters with dark secrets and repressed feelings which all come spilling out over the course of the book.
A gripping read and perfect for a holiday as at least you will have an excuse not to put it down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By jaffareadstoo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Aug. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
When seven girl friends meet on a balmy summer evening for their annual picnic in a London park it should be an evening of shared memories and girly laughter washed down with copious amounts of prosecco. However, invariably, what happens is that old resentments float to the surface, and even before the petty squabbles appear, there are simmering undercurrents of discontent. What then follows is a story of how, over twenty five years, lies and resentment have festered until all the hurt surfaces, and secrets, long buried are revealed.

This is a cleverly controlled narrative which allows the story to be revealed in tantalising layers and which skilfully manoeuvres around past and present without ever losing control. The characters are so realistic, they could be people you know, and even their petty slights and squabbles, which threaten the equilibrium of the group, are situations all too easily experienced.

There is no doubt that this author has started to develop a niche for this slightly edgy contemporary story. In A Serpentine Affair, she shows that she isn't afraid to reveal the darker side of friendship, and yet at the same time she sensitively explores the consequences of revealing long buried secrets which may well have been better left private.

A good read and highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marleen on 5 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
I received my copy from the author through NetGalley and rated it 4.5 stars.

"The evening was set to be balmy, perfect for a picnic, even one destined to end in disaster."

This quote perfectly describes the feel of this book. The story is told in a mellow and gentle tone with a constant threat of doom lingering underneath.

Seven women, Juliette, Camilla, Siobhan, Sissy, JoAnne, Katie and Natasha met and became close friends while in college in Bristol. Seven very different women with different personalities, backgrounds, insecurities, hopes and dreams found each other and became a close knit group of friends.

Twenty-five years later a lot of things have changed. The seven women all lead different lives, have all experienced their own ups and downs and really don't have a whole lot in common anymore. Issues have sprung up between them, some having their origins in the years they spent in college and some developed over the subsequent years. Little lies told, small resentments clung to as well as secrets kept have festered into bigger issues over the years until they've now reached boiling point. None of the seven, formerly close, friends thinks meeting for this picnic is a good idea but with each of them reluctant to be the one to put the final nail in the coffin of their friendship, they all turn up.

By the time the evening is over one of them is missing and all of them wish they had stayed away from the park that night. Lives are about to be changed irrevocably and long held secrets will be uncovered. The picnic will be a turning point in the life of each of these women.

This is a heartbreaking and realistic story about friendship and relationships and how they change over time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lincs Reader TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Aug. 2013
Format: Paperback
A Serpentine Affair is the second novel from Tina Seskis, and over the past couple of days I have just devoured it. Once again, this author has produced that tingly feeling and I'm just delighted.

"Seven old friends. One annual reunion. Countless feuds.
How do friends stay friends for 25 years when there's so much to feel aggrieved about, such a tangle of lingering resentments? So when their picnic in the park goes horribly wrong and someone ends up in the Serpentine, who knows what really happens?
And just what secrets from the past are about to unfold, changing everyone's lives forever?"

Sounds intriguing doesn't it? It is, it's really well put together, well paced and packed with characters that evolve so well, who change through the course of the story, some of them very likeable, others who are loathsome and a couple who really are very very sad.

Tina Seskis has managed to tell the story of these seven women, from their university days right up to the present by cleverly weaving each story together using quite short and snappy chapters. I'll admit that at first it took me a little while to remember quite who was who, and who was married to who, but it really doesn't take long to get the characters and the relationships worked out.

There is a definite sense of reality within this story, most women seem to have very eclectic sets of friends, and I could certainly relate to that feeling of 'moving on' in life, yet still wanting to remain friends with people I met years ago, when I was a very different person, in a different place in my life. These seven women all feel the same, they have shared memories yet have moved on.
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