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The Former Chief Executive is the third novel from writer Kate Vane. Described by the author as a literary novel, I was intrigued to see what it was about.
These days we are oft times measured by what we do as opposed to who we really are. In this novel Kate Vane asks that question…without our career, our name, who are we really?
A short novel, at only 150 pages, The Former Chief Executive was published on the 8th June 2017.
Deborah is woman now left with nothing….
‘Deborah Stevens, former chief executive of the Royal Midlands NHS Trust', a woman who always garnered the respect of her peers, now finds herself lost, alone and frightened. Her husband Peter and herself had planned for a retirement where life would be simpler. Peter, an avid gardener would spend time with his plants and Deborah would relax, knowing they had both achieved something in life.
Reputation meant everything to Deborah ‘When she was working she always made a point of telling people to call her Deborah straight away. What you chose to be called was important. Especially when you were a woman.’
But circumstances changed dramatically for Deborah. An incident at the workplace meant her reputation was in ruins. Following this, her husband Peter was tragically diagnosed with cancer and passed away. Deborah is left in an empty home with only her bitterness to keep her company. What is she now? Who is she now?
‘In the hospital my web ran through every ward and department. Rumours, rivalries, conspiracies, I knew. She’d had allies. But now she was adrift in her own home.
A chance encounter with a young man changes Deborah’s life in ways she had not imagined.Read more ›
This is not a long book, but it contains so much. A tad political in places, sometimes quite topical, but all within the bounds of the storyline so not a all preachy. Pacing is steady throughout; the "action" being more cerebral rather than physical as we see glimpses into the lives of all involved.
The main characters and the supporting cast are all very well drawn and were easy for me to connect with. Yes, of course there were some I liked more than others and the odd one I just despised but hey, that's life. As long as I connect with a character, it doesn't have to be positive. I'm also a bit of a fan of people who shouldn't get on but, despite all the obvious differences between them and the many reasons that the relationship shouldn't work, they just click.Read more ›
The plot of this delicately rendered novel is deceptively simple. In fact, there's a lot more going on in that, but much of it hinges on revelations that can't be shared without spoiling the story. Each character, even the seemingly most shallow, has skeletons in their closet that gradually come out, rendering the situation between them increasingly fraught as the plot progresses. This is aided by the multiple points of view used, which not only give the reader insight into the internal processes of both Deborah and Luca, but also allow a buildup of dramatic irony, as one of them will learn something before the other does. "The Former Chief Executive" is not a thriller, but it shares certain themes and technical characteristics with the thriller genre, making it a surprisingly suspenseful read for literary fiction. The prose style is clean without being mannered or stilted, so that it reads like literary fiction while still being clear and easy to follow.
Although not a depressing novel, it does feature illness and death, not in a gruesome way, but as part of the quotidian troubles the characters have to deal with. Deborah was a chief executive in the NHS before a scandal forced her into early retirement; shortly after that, she lost her husband to cancer.Read more ›
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The Former Chief Executive may be a short novel but it explores some deep themes and is anything but slight. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Hair Past a Freckle Book Reviews
I love novels that thoughtfully present an unexpected view of people and The Former Chief Executive was perfect for me in that respect. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephanie Jane
Deborah’s vision of her retirement - to spend her days finally relaxing with her husband Peter after a long career - has had to be reimagined. Read morePublished 1 month ago by AlisonW
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