The Rose Petal Beach Paperback – 11 Apr 2013
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'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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I couldn't it this book down. I changed my mind about how it would end 100 times. I found it compulsive reading, Koomson is a talented author. Read morePublished 25 days ago by jenny21
This book was nothing at all like my usual thing. It took me a bit to get into the story but once I did I was hooked and anytime I'd a spare moment I'd pick it up and find out... Read morePublished 1 month ago by hohum
Having read Flavours of Love and enjoyed it this book was a real shock. A very nasty piece of writing I'm afraid,Published 1 month ago by Patricia C.
I love Dorothy Koomson's books, she's an author I always go back to. There are very few writers who can capture their characters and stories so perfectly and with such an easy flow... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Red
Quite a good novel. May try some of her other titles. Good characters that really connected in my mind set.Published 1 month ago by M I L Andrews
Excellent recommended to friends who also purchased itPublished 1 month ago by christine hepplestone
I really enjoyed this book the twists and turns and an ending that was not predictable and not unbelievable either...Published 2 months ago by Gen82