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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755371313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755371310
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is a wonderfully plotted, moving and insightful novel about how far you should go to protect your best friend...this is Parks' best yet, completely deserving of the accolades currently being heaped upon it and shot through with funny, tender and observant moments. I loved it' (Daily Mail)

'Emotional and realistic' (Heat)

'This is gripping look at the lengths we'd go to for friendship and love is full of suspense - we couldn't get enough of it' (Closer)

'Parks takes a tender look at where the boundaries of friendship are drawn' (Glamour)

'You can't beat Adele Parks for addictive chick-lit, and her latest offering won't disappoint...what follows is tense, sometimes funny but ultimately heart-warming and guaranteed to keep you hooked until the end' (She magazine)

'Chick-lit with grit' (Prima)

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Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks writes novels that real women want to read. With her trademark tell-it-like-it-is style, she gets right to the heart of the dilemmas people face in their lives and takes her stories to unexpected places.

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Format: Hardcover
This is my first of a book by Adele Parks and I can now safely say that it won't be my last. It's like chicklit for grown-ups, i.e. it's moved past the shopping for handbags and giggling at the water-cooler and on to school-runs, clandestine meetings in the theatre and sustaining life-long friendships.

Pip and Steph have been friends since school and are still in each others lives. Pip is the gregarious one, the one who lives in constant chaos but is great fun to be around and Steph is the steady, dependable, sensible one; the one who never sets a foot out of line - that is until she does and asks Pip to cover for her (which means lying to the police about where she was). As well as Pip and Steph, the cast of brilliantly drawn characters include Kirsten, a gorgeous, glamorous young girl who has no choice but to work in a London firm as Daddy has stopped dishing out the dosh (but don't feel too sorry for her, she sleeps with half the Directors of the business - well one of them is bound to fall in love with her, leave their wife and keep her in the life of luxury she so deperately wants, right?). I don't want to give too much away about Kirsten or what her role in the book is, as it's always more fun to find out for yourself. However, it's suffice to say that I found Kirsten so hideous and shallow a person that I am really struggling to believe that there are people out there like her - there must be, but I never want to meet them. All credit to Parks for making her more human and me feel sorry for her by the end though (grrr!)

What I liked about this book, aside from the character development, was the fact that I was kept guessing about what had happened and what was about to happen enough to keep me interested and turning the pages.
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Format: Paperback
Adele's writing has taken me through my 20s when I first read Playing Away, and found her insights so on track, on trend, and often provoking some deeper thought long after I turned the last page. Game Over was probably my favourite of her first few books - in the time when we were all single, out having fun, or just married and still filling our weeks with hard work, drinks in hip London bars, and travel to exciting destinations that were in no way "family friendly" - Adele tapped into our reality tv obsession before it even became an obsession!

And with About Last Night, we've come, not quite, full circle - to married life, to grey areas, to "family friendly", to juggling priorities and finding precious time to nuture our friendships. About Last Night really nailed the kind of relationships that we are having now in our thirties and forties. Marriage is not the happy ending, but then it is not bad either! Of course, it's dynamic, and we grow up, we learn, we love, we make mistakes, we disappoint, we triumph, and sometimes we just coast.... and then we get a wake up call! I love how Adele navigates through these areas with truth, and with humour. The characters are rich and credible, they are you and me, but of course, for the purposes of chic-lit formula, they have more curve balls thrown at them than we would in a 3 month window. My experience reading Adele's books is that she uses the chic-lit formula to its very best advantage - to put an idea on the table, to get us talking about an issue, and there it is - How far would you go for your best friend?
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Format: Hardcover
Let me start by saying that if you aren't a fan of books heavy on the narrative, then this book won't be your cup of tea. There is barely any speech between the characters in the book, instead using a third person narrative to tell the tale and voice the thoughts of the characters. This was a quite effective tool, allowing the reader to see the bigger picture of the story yet also get up close and personal with the characters, but personally I would have preferred a little more speech and interaction in there, and this is why I've knocked a star off the rating of this one. I found it picked up pace a little more when characters spoke to each other, and was a little slow in the narrative parts but it was still enjoyable.

The book relies on the reader wanting to find out more about the mess going on in Stephanie's life, and her judgments and whether or not she makes the right ones, so from that perspective it's an interesting read. I did like the character of Stephanie - she is a woman trying to run the perfect home and make everything go smoothly with her children and the relationship with her husband Julian. But when she finds out something about Julian that makes her question everything, Stephanie does something out of character and calls on friend Pip for help, asking for her to cover for her. Pip was my favourite one in the book - she's easy to relate to, a single mother to a daughter, a talented textiles designer but unlucky in love, and suddenly very put upon by her best friend.

As I was reading, I couldn't help but think what I would do if I was in that situation, in both Steph's and Pip's shoes.
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