About Last Night Paperback – 12 Apr 2012
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'This is a wonderfully plotted, moving and insightful novel about how far you should go to protect your best friend...this is Parks' best yet, completely deserving of the accolades currently being heaped upon it and shot through with funny, tender and observant moments. I loved it' (Daily Mail)
'Emotional and realistic' (Heat)
'This is gripping look at the lengths we'd go to for friendship and love is full of suspense - we couldn't get enough of it' (Closer)
'Parks takes a tender look at where the boundaries of friendship are drawn' (Glamour)
'You can't beat Adele Parks for addictive chick-lit, and her latest offering won't disappoint...what follows is tense, sometimes funny but ultimately heart-warming and guaranteed to keep you hooked until the end' (She magazine)
'Chick-lit with grit' (Prima)
Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks writes novels that real women want to read. With her trademark tell-it-like-it-is style, she gets right to the heart of the dilemmas people face in their lives and takes her stories to unexpected places.See all Product Description
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The book relies on the reader wanting to find out more about the mess going on in Stephanie's life, and her judgments and whether or not she makes the right ones, so from that perspective it's an interesting read. I did like the character of Stephanie - she is a woman trying to run the perfect home and make everything go smoothly with her children and the relationship with her husband Julian. But when she finds out something about Julian that makes her question everything, Stephanie does something out of character and calls on friend Pip for help, asking for her to cover for her. Pip was my favourite one in the book - she's easy to relate to, a single mother to a daughter, a talented textiles designer but unlucky in love, and suddenly very put upon by her best friend.
As I was reading, I couldn't help but think what I would do if I was in that situation, in both Steph's and Pip's shoes.Read more ›
I didn't particularly enjoy the writing style, maybe the author thought it would add depth to the characters but it didn't work for me. The characters seemed quite dull - Stephanie with her wonderful life that was a fraud as her devoted husband was playing away from home; scatty Pip who manages to get a contract with Selfridges making bunting - it was all so cath kidston/shabby chic/middle class i.e. dull as dishwasher. The affair girl (forgotten her name) seemed contrived and the male characters poorly developed. The story is straightforward really but it took forever to get there, with nothing else interesting happening on the sidelines.
There was too much description that at times was just irrelevant and I found myself skipping paragraphs.
It's the first time I've read anything by this author and the last unfortunately.
And just why did Julian have an affair? Oh yes he was bored - I can see why. And why did Steph have this thing with Subhash? Oh yes, she was bored too. So, two rich bored people who have a great life but want something else - I'm not rooting for them, are you?
It is the authors 11th book and she writes wonderfully about the modern world that we live in and the characters are very real and honestly portrayed. The story centres on two life long best friends, Steph & Pip and focuses on how their freindship is put to the test when Steph asks Pip for an alibi, without explaining why she needs to lie. I don't want to give any spoilers, but believe me when I say that the story has some great twists and really made me think how far would I go for my friends.
Adele is a big name author and it's clear to see why she is at the top of her game when you read this book.
Excellent and highly recommended. 5 stars.
Pip and Steph have been friends since school and are still in each others lives. Pip is the gregarious one, the one who lives in constant chaos but is great fun to be around and Steph is the steady, dependable, sensible one; the one who never sets a foot out of line - that is until she does and asks Pip to cover for her (which means lying to the police about where she was). As well as Pip and Steph, the cast of brilliantly drawn characters include Kirsten, a gorgeous, glamorous young girl who has no choice but to work in a London firm as Daddy has stopped dishing out the dosh (but don't feel too sorry for her, she sleeps with half the Directors of the business - well one of them is bound to fall in love with her, leave their wife and keep her in the life of luxury she so deperately wants, right?). I don't want to give too much away about Kirsten or what her role in the book is, as it's always more fun to find out for yourself. However, it's suffice to say that I found Kirsten so hideous and shallow a person that I am really struggling to believe that there are people out there like her - there must be, but I never want to meet them. All credit to Parks for making her more human and me feel sorry for her by the end though (grrr!)
What I liked about this book, aside from the character development, was the fact that I was kept guessing about what had happened and what was about to happen enough to keep me interested and turning the pages.Read more ›
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I normally love her books but I must have skipped loads of pages! Far too much background detail and not getting to the point. It was 'OK' I was disappointed.Published 3 months ago by K. Eaton
This book was so enjoyable and I loved the way we saw the story through everybody's eyes , I would definitely recommend and i am going to read more Adele Parks.Published 6 months ago by wildsupergran
A quarter of the way through realised I had read it before but it was well worth reading it againPublished 6 months ago by Susan Harr
As far as books go this is not a bad read. Well developed characters though, that being said the female protagonist behaves quite oddly (in my opinion). Read morePublished 13 months ago by Blue Eyes