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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (11 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780874995
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780874999
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 4.2 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (716 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Liked The Ice Cream Girls? You'll love this' Cosmopolitan. (Cosmopolitan)

'Pacy and compelling, the twists and turns come thick and fast with a surprise round every corner ... a must-read' Heat. (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. (Sun)

'Fast-moving, and compelling' Sunday Mirror. (Sunday Mirror)

'Full of mystery and intrigue, it's a book that will grip you from the very start' Take A Break. (Take A Break)

'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. (Daily Mail)

'We were hooked from the start' Company. (Company)

About the Author

Dorothy Koomson is the author of seven novels - The Cupid Effect, The Chocolate Run, My Best Friend's Girl, Marshmallows for Breakfast, Goodnight, Beautiful, The Ice Cream Girls and The Woman He Loved Before, all of them Sunday Times bestsellers. Dorothy is currently working on another book and a screenplay. She lives in Brighton.


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By BCB & More TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Aug. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have read all of Dorothy Koomson's books and in all honesty have loved all of them. They may have very beautiful covers, but don't let them fool you people. Hidden behind those beautiful covers lies a well constructed book that is far from beautiful and in the case of her latest book the story is almost sinister. Dorothy's books may well be categorised into Women's fiction, but this almost has a Suspense feel to it and the only way I can describe it is that it was just as gripping as a Kern Rose kind of book, but minus the multiple dead bodies!

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.
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Myself, and my Nan are huge fans of Dorothy Koomson, so I was very excited when a copy of her latest book The Rose Petal Beach arrived in the post! Actually, I think my Nan was more excited than I was, she tore off the packaging and practically started reading it on the spot!

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.
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This is the first Dorothy Koomson book that I have read. I found it difficult to put down. At the end of each chapter I wanted to keep reading and I thought that I had discovered a new author whose books I would enjoy and could recommend to friends. And then I came to the 'whodunnit' part of the book'. I have rarely been so disappointed by the way a book ends. It felt as if the author did not know how to finish it and cobbled an ending together. I have given it three stars because I enjoyed the early part of the book but would only give the denouement 1 star.
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This book started off well but I gave up half way through when I got to the 'who dunnit' bit which was so silly and unbelievable I think I must have been reading a different book to all the reviewers who have given positive reviews. I just couldn't find the will to finish it! Would have given the book no stars at all if possible - with apologies to all readers who have enjoyed it, it just didn't work for me
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The Rose Petal Beach by Dorothy Koomson is a wonderful book which I loved and one I would recommend too all readers of modern day fiction.
The main character of the book was Tami and the other two characters Beatrix and Fleur who were also used to narrate the main story where her supporting cast. Tami had the perfect life she had the beautiful family and home which she always aspired for from she was a child herself , but a visit by two police officers are going to start a nightmare which Tami will find it impossible to waken from. Her husband Scott is very good-looking and she knew women liked to flirt with him but when the police officers arrest Scott for a horrible crime and she is told who the actual accuser is it makes the nightmare harder to understand. Another crime is committed which for Tami her living nightmare is going to get graver and a visitor from London will only produce more questions rather than the answers which Tami craves.
As Tami starts to remember what her life was like before this nightmare started, you the reader will get to know her better through her looking at her past in detail as it gives an insight to the lives which both Scott and Tami had before they came to Brighton where the main story takes place. Beatrix and Fleur are two totally different characters that the author also uses to narrate the book which they also narrate in the past and present tense, both these characters will bring many depths into this book which the author has done with clarity and fine detail. Like all good books there are characters who you will love with passion but others you will hate with even deeper passion but each of the characters have problems to solve which they can only do for themselves.
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