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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (27 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141047267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141047263
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,919 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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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. Her previous books include Getting Rid of Matthew, Got You Back, Foursome and The Ugly Sister. Skeletons is her fifth novel.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By louby on 12 April 2014
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I have to agree with other reviewers that the main character in this book was depressive. From the start of the book it becomes clear that she lives in the past and doesn't seem to have the skills to deal with family issues like most 40+ women. I didn't find myself rooting for her, I just wanted to see how it ended and I don't like not finishing a book.
I gave it three stars as the storyline was good, it was the characters that were the let down for me. I really wanted to shake Jen most of the time, she just seemed really pathetic, which is fine if they then come up trumps at the end, but I didn't feel that she did, she was still quite needy.
Jason couldn't have been more boring if he tried, I've heard of families sweeping things under the carpet but this Mastersons
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Mason TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 July 2014
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This is polished chick lit. I don't often read this type of literature, but my partner bought this for me as a gift and I felt obligated to give it a read. I'm happy that I did. Jen, the lead character, discovers that her beloved father-in-law, who is head of a perfect middle England family, has been having a long term affair and has a secret daughter. Jen's dilemma is whether to turn a blind eye to her father-in-law's indiscretions, or to reveal the truth, and risk enormous upset to the other family relations, including her own husband. This tale hasn't converted me to chick lit, but it is an effortless read which hold's one's attention to the end. I think that a classic like Graham Greene's The End of The Affair is a stronger effort at this type of tale. That is to say, if you read The End of The Affair, some of the sentences are so beautifully constructed and poignant, that you marvel at the brilliance of the writer. That won't happen if you read Skeletons, but then it is perhaps unkind to rate most writers by reference to Graham Greene. Suffice to say, I enjoyed Skeletons, it is a nice way to lose yourself from the worries of life for a few hours. If you like this book, I can heartily recommend White City Blue by Tim Lott, which is a similar type of book but written by a male author, and which I would describe as cerebral lad lit.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Crooksonbooks on 27 Mar 2014
Format: Paperback
I recently won a signed copy of Getting Rid of Matthew in a competition on twitter. What nostalgia, it brought back happy memories. I just love all her books — she has the fantastic ability to bring to life, ‘real life!' It’s a little like voyeurism looking into the lives of people who could, very easily be my own family or friends.

When I heard she was bringing out her fifth book Skeletons in March of this year I literally couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I was on the list for a proof copy to review from Penguin but saw it up on Netgalley and couldn’t wait. Although, if Penguin still wanted to send me a paper copy I’d just love them forever.

Jen, the main character in this novel is ‘living the life’. Family, or rather her husbands extended family provides everything she needs in life — his parents are closer to her than her own, his sisters her best-friends. Everything is perfect. Which is why, when she discovers a secret that could potentially rock that life she decides to do something about it.

Jane Fallon takes us on an emotional journey as Jen battles to make the right decisions. Trying to protect the family and in doing so discovers things about her own family she didn’t know. Every turn of the page was with anticipation. It really was a roller-coaster of a book. Climbing to the summit only to plunge again, then to rise again with each chapter. Jane developed such good characters, whose lives and emotions were so vivid that I felt real empathy and emotion for them. I liked and disliked the right people, although, as was Jane’s intention my opinions of them changed throughout the novel too. I often found myself silently berating, praying, wishing and hoping for different outcomes as the book developed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SM HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 Mar 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is really good, enjoyable and entertaining reading.

The reader can feel a connection with the characters, in particular Jen. Although I did not always agree with what she thought, said or did, I could always understand WHY she did these things. She seemed to lack the ability to think ahead clearly on the consequences front.... Yet so many of us are like that in real life too. But this is part of the charm of the book. The characters are credible and believable, and they behave in the less than perfect way that all of us do at times.

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone that wants a light hearted and enjoyable read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EmLou on 2 July 2014
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Skeltons - Jane Fallon (Contains spoilers)

I really struggled with the first 35% of this book it was slow and I didn't particularly care about the characters. After this it did get better. I thought the behaviour of several of the characters odd. Jason leaving and having virtually no contact with Jen was unbelievable. Where was the fallout with Charles/Cass? After a big build up to the secret Cass was pretty much forgotten about and the Mastersons carried on as normal. I thought the end with the baby storyline was disappointing and unnecessary. I was really disappointed as loved Getting Rid of Matthew. I would award this 2.5 stars but cannot do this on Amazon so have given 3.
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