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The Stand-In [Paperback]

Deborah Moggach
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2 Jun 2005

From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Jules is an unknown English actress with a precarious career and a wayward but irresistible boyfriend, Trevor. But then she gets the break of a lifetime - a part as stand-in for Lila Dune, American film star and sex-symbol - and her world is transformed.

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  • Paperback: 423 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (2 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099479842
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099479840
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Tainted love, jealousy and brilliant revenge - this book has got the lot" (New Woman)

"Moggach's examination of the unbalanced mind is spell-binding, and the characters horribly believable. An enthralling read, this is Deborah Moggach's best novel yet" (Options)

"Compulsively readable...a triumph" (Sunday Express)

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'Intelligent, persuasive, sensuous, percepive' - Guardian

From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jealousy and betrayal 10 Sep 2009
By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Deborah Moggach's books nearly always have a strong female protagonist at their centre, and this one is no exception. Jules is working in local community theatre, playing a fairy in a children's play touching on environmental themes when, just as she is about to go on stage her audience disappears. The children, together with the whole locality, have gone to a street nearby, where fabulous Hollywood star Lila Dune is filming a scene. Jules is recognised by another actor - she is a stalwart of minor productions and walk-on TV, and when the stand-in for Lila Dune is taken ill Jules is asked to step in.

Part of her is insulted - she's an actor, after-all and stand-ins are more part of the crew than the cast, but the chance to get closer to the magical film world and maybe even come to the notice of Lila Dune, proves too much to resist.

Her decision to say yes is just the beginning for Jules as she and her boyfriend, the unreliable but sensually exciting Trev, are caught up in a whole new world of filming - in New York and Los Angeles. Friendships, new relationships, jealousy and betrayal ensue. It is a fabulous roller-coaster ride for Jules, and for the readers of this fascinating and compelling book, especially as the plot-line turns darker and even more compelling.

Moggach's writing style is easy, modern, direct and the dialogue and thoughts of her protagonists are often savagely funny. She allows the characters a judicious amount of detail and background to give them their own developmental reality. This is a stunningly good book.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A suspense filled book about jealousy. 7 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Having read and enjoyed some of Deborah Moggach's books before, this was a surprise. The Stand In is I would say, her finest book yet. It's an enthralling story which pulls the reader in, and although you know she's wrong, you can't help but find yourself sympathysing with the main character. The book is essentially about jealousy, something we can all relate to! The final page is fantastic, it ties the story up perfectly and leaves you feeling like you've had your moneys worth!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and outstanding 22 Jun 2012
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I adore Deborah Moggach and this is one of her best, up there with 'Final Demand'. How do I review this without just saying 'I couldn't put it down' and 'highly recommended', but without giving the game away?

Julia Sampson is a fascinating character. Annoyingly, I couldn't quite picture her. That didn't matter; this was perhaps because she was so complex. I didn't start to realise the true depths of her complexity until quite a way into the book! Her favourite person/rival, film star Lila Dune, is annoying yet appealing in her dumb blondeness (she's actually much sharper than people realise, I reckon), and Julia's boyfriend, Trev, is not just a ghastly slippery fish - I kinda liked him, as it went on.

The plot is brilliant, unusual - the characters become more interesting all the way through.

One of those books that actually goes a bit past the 5 star limit!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my best ever reads 17 Nov 2001
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I read this book in a day. I couldn't put it down. I found myself totally absorbed. The plot is as tense as the dentist's waiting room. I devoured every word and went on to read all of her other books. To me, this and "Stolen" stand as her best works. What an exceptionally talented writer!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed 16 Feb 2014
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I did not feel that the story was as good as previous novels and to my mind was imaginative but disjointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A page turner. 28 Jan 2014
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A great read. Quite dark. First class thriller. Always enjoy Deborah Moggach. She knows how to reel the reader in.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The tand-in 20 Aug 2013
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I personally found this book tedious. Normally, cannot put a book down, but this one sent me to sleep. No doubt some people will enjoy it, but it was not for me.
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