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Skeletons by [Fallon, Jane]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 132 customer reviews

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About the Author

Jane Fallon is the multi-award-winning television producer behind shows such as This Life, Teachers and 20 Things to Do Before You're 30. Her previous books include Getting Rid of Matthew, Got You Back, Foursome and The Ugly Sister. Skeletons is her fifth novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2405 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FJNKUQ2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 132 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I recently won a signed copy of Getting Rid of Matthew in a competition on twitter. What nostalgia, it brought back happy memories. I just love all her books — she has the fantastic ability to bring to life, ‘real life!' It’s a little like voyeurism looking into the lives of people who could, very easily be my own family or friends.

When I heard she was bringing out her fifth book Skeletons in March of this year I literally couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I was on the list for a proof copy to review from Penguin but saw it up on Netgalley and couldn’t wait. Although, if Penguin still wanted to send me a paper copy I’d just love them forever.

Jen, the main character in this novel is ‘living the life’. Family, or rather her husbands extended family provides everything she needs in life — his parents are closer to her than her own, his sisters her best-friends. Everything is perfect. Which is why, when she discovers a secret that could potentially rock that life she decides to do something about it.

Jane Fallon takes us on an emotional journey as Jen battles to make the right decisions. Trying to protect the family and in doing so discovers things about her own family she didn’t know. Every turn of the page was with anticipation. It really was a roller-coaster of a book. Climbing to the summit only to plunge again, then to rise again with each chapter. Jane developed such good characters, whose lives and emotions were so vivid that I felt real empathy and emotion for them. I liked and disliked the right people, although, as was Jane’s intention my opinions of them changed throughout the novel too. I often found myself silently berating, praying, wishing and hoping for different outcomes as the book developed.
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This lady writes about real people in real situations. It is a proper grown-up read. All of her characters are equally three dimensional and believable. I cannot recommend this Book highly enough. Or indeed anything written by this Author. Totally authentic. As with her previous work, I sat up til the early hours because I could not bear to leave the characters. 10/10. More please!
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I have to agree with other reviewers that the main character in this book was depressive. From the start of the book it becomes clear that she lives in the past and doesn't seem to have the skills to deal with family issues like most 40+ women. I didn't find myself rooting for her, I just wanted to see how it ended and I don't like not finishing a book.
I gave it three stars as the storyline was good, it was the characters that were the let down for me. I really wanted to shake Jen most of the time, she just seemed really pathetic, which is fine if they then come up trumps at the end, but I didn't feel that she did, she was still quite needy.
Jason couldn't have been more boring if he tried, I've heard of families sweeping things under the carpet but this Mastersons
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By CycleRacing HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 Mar. 2014
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This book is really good, enjoyable and entertaining reading.

The reader can feel a connection with the characters, in particular Jen. Although I did not always agree with what she thought, said or did, I could always understand WHY she did these things. She seemed to lack the ability to think ahead clearly on the consequences front.... Yet so many of us are like that in real life too. But this is part of the charm of the book. The characters are credible and believable, and they behave in the less than perfect way that all of us do at times.

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone that wants a light hearted and enjoyable read.
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This is the second Jane Fallon book I've read, the first one being "Got You Back". The premise is that Jen, happily married to Jason and his close knit family, finds out a family secret. It's not her place to either keep it or tell it, but secrets, like poison, have a way of getting to the surface.

I enjoyed this book and felt the characters were well written,although it could be said that Jen's husband Jason was a little one dimensional. Maybe that was an accurate characterization though, because he did come across as a little dull. It's a tale cleverly told because we are supposed to start off liking the Mastersons as much as Jen. In fact, some of them are unbearable and there's a cloud of smug hanging round them right from the start, especially the self obsessed drama Queen Jessie.

My problem with this is that it sagged in the middle to the point where I took a little break from it. There seemed to be a lot of irritating scenes of Jen going to work and wondering what to do about the secret. That bit went on for a while. Then after the revelation, it seemed to sag again, or lose pace. The ending was satisfying, with a few surprises, and you really saw the true colours of certain characters, but, I don't know, it's almost as if the story ran out of steam after a while. It was a good read, but didn't grip me.

I'm still a fan, but if this is your first Jane Fallon, she has written better and is still an author worth seeking out.
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Persevered with this book for as long as I possibly could but had to admit defeat at 56%. I didn't even read the last few pages to discover the ending such was my lack of interest.
There's a good story in there but told in such a flat and depressing and non hopeful way.
None of the characters came to life for me. I couldn't get to like them or to dislike them. They stayed on the page, wooden and dull.
Disappointing.
Sorry to be so negative.
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