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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780874995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780874999
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (696 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wrote my first (unpublished) novel when I was 13 - and I've been making up stories ever since.

After finishing my masters degree, I had several temping jobs before getting my big break in journalism working on small newspaper. In the evenings I continued to write fiction and in 2001 I had the idea for The Cupid Effect. Two years later it hit the shelves and my career as a published novelist began.

In 2006 my third novel, My Best Friend's Girl, was published and was selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Reads Book Club - going on to sell over 500,000 copies. To date I've written six bestseller list books, and they have been translated into 28 languages across the world.

I live near Brighton and am currently working on another book and a screenplay. Find out more info at

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'Liked The Ice Cream Girls? You'll love this' Cosmopolitan.

'Pacy and compelling, the twists and turns come thick and fast with a surprise round every corner ... a must-read' Heat.

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'I enjoyed the passion and power with which Koomson writes, and her portrayal of an emotional underworld in which nothing is clear-cut and the line between guilty and innocent is blurred' Daily Mail.

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'I could kill them for what they've done to me.' The Rose Petal Beach is an emotional thriller that will make you question what you are willing to do in the name of love.

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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By BCB & More TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Aug. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have read all of Dorothy Koomson's books and in all honesty have loved all of them. They may have very beautiful covers, but don't let them fool you people. Hidden behind those beautiful covers lies a well constructed book that is far from beautiful and in the case of her latest book the story is almost sinister. Dorothy's books may well be categorised into Women's fiction, but this almost has a Suspense feel to it and the only way I can describe it is that it was just as gripping as a Kern Rose kind of book, but minus the multiple dead bodies!

Her more recent books have started to take a more serious theme to them and I have found myself preferring this more serious side to her storytelling. The Rose Petal Beach is a love story with some serious dangerous elements to it. Tamia Challey is married to Scott and they have two wonderful children. However, when Scott is arrested and accused of a horrific crime, things start to go very wrong. When Tami realises what he is accused of and who the accuser is her life goes into freefall and the life she has known all along seems to be disintegrating before her eyes.

Within the first three to four chapters I was feeling nervous. Why was there so much chopping and changing between Tami and two other characters, what was the meaning of it all and why was it not making any sense to me. As usual I had absolutely no reason to be fearful as by the halfway stage I was fighting sleep because I just had to keep reading. It's very hard to review this without spoilers so unfortunately I will have to keep certain opinions to a minimum, but I will say this is a book that will keep you page turning well into the early hours.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By SYLVIA on 17 Jan. 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is the first Dorothy Koomson book that I have read. I found it difficult to put down. At the end of each chapter I wanted to keep reading and I thought that I had discovered a new author whose books I would enjoy and could recommend to friends. And then I came to the 'whodunnit' part of the book'. I have rarely been so disappointed by the way a book ends. It felt as if the author did not know how to finish it and cobbled an ending together. I have given it three stars because I enjoyed the early part of the book but would only give the denouement 1 star.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Aug. 2012
Format: Hardcover
Myself, and my Nan are huge fans of Dorothy Koomson, so I was very excited when a copy of her latest book The Rose Petal Beach arrived in the post! Actually, I think my Nan was more excited than I was, she tore off the packaging and practically started reading it on the spot!

I must say firstly, the cover is STUNNING!!! I was very intrigued by it, and I absolutely loved how there was a story and background to The Rose Petal Beach. I love little tales and old stories and the story of The Rose Petal Beach was brilliant, it was fascinating and Dorothy Koomson cleverly tied it in to the book. I won't go into the tale as I don't want to ruin it, but it was a great addition, and one of my favourite bits of the book.

The story opens with a dramatic scene: All is well in the Challey household, the children are playing before bed, one in their pyjamas already, the other showing her father Scott Challey something she had learnt at school that day. Tamia Challey is happily watching them. Then comes a knock at the door: Police march in and arrest Scott, who seemingly already knows what he is being handcuffed for and quietly goes with them. Tamia is left with crying and frightened children, confused and unaware of what her husband has been arrested for, and even more puzzled that he knew more than what he was letting on.

What follows after is Tamia taking us back and forth between the past and the present, reliving important moments of her life which link up to what is happening in the present day. This was a fantastic idea of Dorothy's, and it kept me hooked to the pages. I was very interested in Tamia and Scott's background story, how they met, and what happened in their life leading up to that moment.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pink-Lady on 21 Oct. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This kept me gripped from the first page. Beautifully written, the novel describes the effect on the lives of ordinary people when hidden secrets are brought to the fore. Told from the perspective of three characters, the allows a deeper insight as gradually the deeper reality of the situation is revealed.

Lots of reviewers have already covered the story in detail so I won't do that, but will say this is Dorothy's best so far. Her characters are carefully and believably drawn, and could be people you or I know. I felt Tamie's pain as she realised the life she was leading had become a lie. It leaves the thought-provoking question out there: how well do we really know anyone?

If you haven't read anything by Dorothy before and are looking for a writer with substance, I would highly recommend her. Her books aren't the fluffy-froth that make up many 'chick lit' novels, but very real and powerful.

A fantastic read from an amazing writer.
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