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Adele Parks
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12 April 2012

In this compelling novel of friendship, family and trust, Sunday Times bestselling author Adele Parks asks: how far would you go to save your best friend?

'I need you to say that I was with you.' For thirty years, best friends Steph and Pip have been through thick and thin. There's nothing they would not do for one another. Until these simple words change everything. Steph, eternally solid and dependable, is begging her friend to lie to the police as she's desperately trying to conceal not one but two scandalous secrets to protect her family. Pip, self-consigned to the role of scatty hot-head, is overwhelmed; she's normally the one asking for help in a crisis. It's a big ask. So what would you do?

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (12 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755371313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755371310
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Teesside, NE England, in 1969. I enjoyed a traditional 1970's childhood, watching too much TV and eating convenience food because nobody minded if kids did that in those days. Since graduating from Leicester University, where I studied English Language and Literature, I've worked in advertising and as a management consultant. In 2010 I was proud to be awarded an honorary doctorate of Letters from Teesside University.

I've always dreamed of being a writer and my first novel - Playing Away - was published in 2000; that year the Evening Standard identified me as one of London's 'Twenty Faces to Watch', which was very nice of them!

I like to keep busy and to be described as one of the most-loved and biggest-selling women's fiction writers in the UK, (who wouldn't like that?!) Over two million copies of my work have been sold in the UK and I'm translated into 25 different languages. I've published twelve novels in twelve years, all of which have been Times Top Ten bestsellers. Whatever It Takes, my twelfth novel, examines those undeniable, lasting issues that seem to interest us all. It scrutinizes our theories of love, motherhood and infidelity with (I hope) honesty and humour. I'm known for examining the thorny issues of the lives we lead today with my trademark, up-front, tell-it-as-it-is style.

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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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Adele Parks writes novels that real women want to read. Her books get right to the heart  of the dilemmas women - and men - face in their lives; her characters are real as are the choices they make


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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars well, what about last night? 15 Jun 2012
Format:Paperback
I read the reviews on the cover aswell as the blurb and prepared myself for something a bit more interesting than the usual chick-lit. Sadly I was disappointed.
I didn't particularly enjoy the writing style, maybe the author thought it would add depth to the characters but it didn't work for me. The characters seemed quite dull - Stephanie with her wonderful life that was a fraud as her devoted husband was playing away from home; scatty Pip who manages to get a contract with Selfridges making bunting - it was all so cath kidston/shabby chic/middle class i.e. dull as dishwasher. The affair girl (forgotten her name) seemed contrived and the male characters poorly developed. The story is straightforward really but it took forever to get there, with nothing else interesting happening on the sidelines.
There was too much description that at times was just irrelevant and I found myself skipping paragraphs.
It's the first time I've read anything by this author and the last unfortunately.
And just why did Julian have an affair? Oh yes he was bored - I can see why. And why did Steph have this thing with Subhash? Oh yes, she was bored too. So, two rich bored people who have a great life but want something else - I'm not rooting for them, are you?
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars About This Book... its great! 23 Jun 2011
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous & addictive book! 6 July 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Wow! This was a tremendously gripping and insighful book about friendship that I thoroughly enjoyed.

It is the authors 11th book and she writes wonderfully about the modern world that we live in and the characters are very real and honestly portrayed. The story centres on two life long best friends, Steph & Pip and focuses on how their freindship is put to the test when Steph asks Pip for an alibi, without explaining why she needs to lie. I don't want to give any spoilers, but believe me when I say that the story has some great twists and really made me think how far would I go for my friends.

Adele is a big name author and it's clear to see why she is at the top of her game when you read this book.

Excellent and highly recommended. 5 stars.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So disappointed 4 Mar 2012
By Gedders
Format:Hardcover
I have enjoyed some of Adele Parks' earlier novels, so was looking forward to reading About Last Night. I was so disappointed - the plot is dull, and I found myself skipping through pages of waffling narrative. The editing is awful - the text could've easily been reduced by a third and contains errors (eg. the car manufacturer is 'Alfa' not 'Alpha'). Events like the hotel leaving a message to say that the champagne and flowers hadn't been ordered, were all a little too convenient and contrived.

I work in an Intensive Care Unit so was also irritated by the mistakes surrounding the husband's coma. The specialist would've been a 'Dr' not 'Mr' (male specialists are only referred to as 'Mr' if they're surgeons, an ICU consultant would not be a surgeon), we would certainly not use the phrase "bilateral damage to the reticular formation of the midbrain" to a non-medical relative, and if you wake out of a coma you aren't immediately shunted out to a ward!

Not in the same league as her earlier novels I'm afraid.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too sure!!! 2 Aug 2011
By Best Crime Books TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Having never read Adele Parks before, I was looking forward to something different. A chick lit write producing what seemed like grown up chick lit made for a refreshing change. When I started the books I began to realise quite quickly that the author was producing a lot of background, thoughts and feelings with very little speech (if that makes sense).

The character Steph I found very hard to get to grips with, she seemed very cold and mechanical, whereas Pip was a delightfully scatty character that you couldn't help but like. The story centres on the two women's friendship and just how far you will go to help a friend.

I found that around the halfway mark I felt like the book was dragging a little bit and was struggling to keep my interest. Having said that, I enjoyed reading about the two women and how their lives had come to the stage they were at now. The writing was clever and I can certainly see where Adele Parks's talent lays, but I couldn't help but feel that there wasn't much happening.

I certainly didn't dislike the story and there is a certain element of realism to it, but I just think I struggled to keep up with the lengthy narrative. I would have loved to have seen more `real conversations' happening between the characters. I understand that this is probably a bit more meaningful as we get to see the whys and what' if's with each woman, but it just felt like a really long book.

Overall, this book certainly won't put me off reading more Adele Parks books, but in all honesty this style of book was not my cup of tea. I'm all for meaningful books, but a little more action and a little less description would have been better.

Overall, not a bad read, but certainly not an out and out winner in my eyes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Touche eclat
I have been using this product for a few years now and love it. This purchase is the real thing and cost less than from the high street stores
Published 2 months ago by Yorkygeek
5.0 out of 5 stars couldn't put it down&ended on a high note!Loved it.
Fantastic book,very well written.Enjoyed every minute of it&couldnt put it down! Leaves you with a warm feeling inside,worried the next book I read won't be as good!
Published 2 months ago by em chill
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read.
This is a well-paced and enjoyable read. The characters are well-drawn and believable. The plot is not new but one wants to keep reading to see how it evolves.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. A. B. Woodcock
4.0 out of 5 stars OK but lacked a certain je ne said quoi?
About Last Night by Adele Parks has been hanging around my wish list for ages. Again this is the first book I am reading from this author and like The White Queen it was an... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dr. Babus Ahmed
2.0 out of 5 stars About last Night
This book was OK if you like predictable with a happy ending. Nothing new or exciting. Wouldn't read another by Adele Parks.
Published 4 months ago by Amanda Eames
4.0 out of 5 stars cosy read
good book to chill out with. Holds your interest but not too taxing at the end of a long hard week
Published 4 months ago by Monica Strothers
5.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD READ
I liked this book. Adele Parks can be relied upon to tell a tale which makes you care about her characters.
Published 5 months ago by Booklover
3.0 out of 5 stars About last night
Easy read, slow start, excellent middle and mildly satisfying end. I like happy endings but this one was a little too perfect for even me.
Published 5 months ago by Ian Taylor
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
I enjoyed this book. It was a bit predictable towards the end, but still kept my interest. Would recommend it.
Published 5 months ago by Sweet p
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable all the same....
Possibly not her best, but Adele Parks is always worth reading and there's lots to make you think - about friendship and married relationships. I quite enjoyed it.
Published 5 months ago by Bluestocking
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