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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1st Paperback Edition edition (15 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141034408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141034409
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 240,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 3 subsequent books 'Got You Back', 'Foursome' and 'The Ugly Sister'.
Her 5th novel Skeletons is available now in both paperback and for Kindle.
Join Jane on Twitter - @thejanefallon

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Sparkling and unpredictable, a brilliant first novel (Elle )

Jane Fallon injects a smart edge into the chick-lit genre (In Style )

About the Author

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. This is her second novel.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Trackerlou on 1 Sep 2008
Format: Paperback
This book started off really well, the characters were believable and the plot was interesting enough to get me hooked. When the plans for revenge were unfolded between the two women, I couldn't put the book down. I wanted to see what they were going to do to him and with each new drama, I was drawn further and further in as James' life unfolds dramatically around him with seemingly no idea who's behind it all. But then something odd happens, it's almost as if the author had a change of heart half way through because the story goes from this, to a less dramatic story of a woman getting over the break up of her marriage and moving on to a new relationship. The one "big event" that was planned early on in the book (that I was really looking foward to reading) doesn't even go ahead.

But I kept reading as I had began to care about the characters and what happens to them all in the end...and secretely I was hoping for some big twist at the end and was disapointed when this never happened.

But that said, it was a good 'light read' but I wouldn't read it more than once.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lizzie VINE VOICE on 25 Oct 2008
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This was the first book by this author that I have read, but I found it a little sloppy.

It started out well enough. Stephanie, James's wife finding out that her husband was living a double life, with a mistress safely tucked away in the country. Neither woman had known about the other. Instead of confronting him immediately they decide to join forces and exact their own kind of revenge. Sounds good? Great idea, just a shame about the delivery.

The first half of the book is enjoyable, and you keep the pages turning to see what else the women can come up with, and there are some genuine moments when you root for them both. However, after a while it just all gets a little tedious, and the author's attempts at writing sub-plots are pretty lame. It's as if she can't think of a way to pull it all together and finish the book properly. In fact, in my humble opinion, it doesn't really finish. It just peters out.

I also agree with some other reviewers, that the editor must have been having an off day. Many typing and punctuation errors. Definitely a rush job.

It's a shame, because this book should have been great if handled properly. I gave it two stars because I actually finished it without skimming.

If you're looking for great chick lit with a few good twists and turns, I would check out Melissa Hill first.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. Jenkinson on 23 Oct 2008
Format: Paperback
I have been waiting for this book since thoroughly enjoying Getting rid of Matthew - I'm also a collector of some authors and was looking forward to placing this on the 'READ' shelf next to her preious book.

However, after only getting gripped by it after reading a third way through I pressed on and on to the end. But it was a complete dissapointment and I felt deflated when I read the last page - it was like Jane Fallon had run out of steam and couldn't be bothered to think up an ending that suited the story. All in all a dissapointment and this won't be an author that I will follow OR collect. ANTI-CLIMAX
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By kristina on 22 Sep 2008
Format: Paperback
A very disappointing read. The characters were completely unengaging and unconvincing; I couldn't really have cared less what happened to any of them. And it takes quite some skill to make an 8/9 year old child so unappealing. The dialogue was sparse and unconvincing, interspersed with what felt like interminable, dull narrative - much of which I ended up skim reading. Basically, if the author wasn't who she is, I doubt she'd even have got this published, let alone hyped so much! I bought this on a 3 for 2 (so basically free, right?) - and I still felt cheated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Hadley on 24 Oct 2008
Format: Paperback
Getting Rid of Matthew was sparky, witty, well-written and at times, off-colour. Get You Back is none of these. I was hugely let down and gave up after 140 pages. The story started well, but ran out of steam, dipping its toe in suburban boredom and never really managing to take off. Maybe I gave up too soon.

As a side-note, whoever edited the book might like to give it a second look to correct the typos and missing/inaccurate punctuation.

Had all the signs of a rush job both for the author and the publisher.

Wouldn't bother reading a third Fallon book after this.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Angie on 25 Sep 2008
Format: Paperback
Very disappointed with this book unfortunately. I found it to be lightweight and predictable with characters i didn't really care about or grow to like.. Having recently read 'The Post-birthday world' by lionel Shriver, which was so well written with proper 3 dimensional characters - this by comparison was like candy floss. It's typical of it's genre i guess,but considering the subject is basically about a cheating husband and the breakdown of a marriage, it felt so flippant and silly. It didn't make me laugh or feel any sadness for the characters. Dont bother - boring and contrived.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samij on 11 Nov 2008
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this book until about the last 100 pages. Up until that point it was witty, funny, entertaining and I sympathised and wanted both women to get their own back. However I felt that the writer got towards the end and either hit a deadline or ran out of steam and the ending was very poor and completely unrealistic. Very disappointing.
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