- 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 (702 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Rose Petal Beach Paperback – 11 Apr 2013
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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 www.dorothykoomson.co.uk
'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.
'If you only do one thing this weekend, read this book. It's another utterly brilliant psychological thriller and we one hundred per cent recommend it' Sun.
'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.
'We were hooked from the start' Company.
'Fast-moving, and compelling' Sunday Mirror.
'Full of mystery and intrigue, it's a book that will grip you from the very start' Take A Break.
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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.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition. See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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I couldn't stop reading this book, it grabbed me from the start, and although I've finished it now, it still has hold of me. Read morePublished 12 days ago by lizeegee
What can I say another heartfelt, dripping, edge of your seat story. You truly feel that you are a hidden character in the book going through the same emotions til the very end.Published 15 days ago by learning
I love the author and did like this book, great characters and some shocking storylines as always. Dorothy Koomson always takes on a taboo subject and it makes you think. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs Warren
Wasn't too keen on the ending but really felt like I knew the characters and liked the twists and turns along the way!Published 3 months ago
Really good read. I loved this book and couldn't wait to see what happened next. Not in any way disappointed. Excellent read.Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer