RELEASED: April 30, 2020
PUBLISHER: Penguin UK – Michael Joseph
FORMAT: eBook [AD – ARC, thanks to the publisher!]
GENRE: Fiction, Chick lit
GOODREADS RATING: 4.09
Welcome to The Close – a beautiful street of mansions, where gorgeous Stella is the indisputable Queen Bee . . .
It is here that Laura, seeking peace and privacy after her marriage falls apart, rents a tiny studio. Unfortunately, her arrival upsets suspicious Stella – who fears Laura has designs on her fiancé, Al.
When Laura stumbles on the big secret Al is hiding, suddenly Stella’s perfectly controlled world, not to mention Laura’s future, are threatened.
Taking a chance on beating Al at his own twisted game, these two former strangers are fast becoming best friends.
But has Laura forgotten that revenge never comes without a sting in the tail?
I read a couple of Jane Fallon’s novels before – My Sweet Revenge, Faking Friends and Tell Me a Secret – and continue to give her books high ratings. When I got an email with her latest book, I couldn’t say no! Obviously. So, here we are. Time to review Queen Bee!
The one thing I absolutely adored going in this book, is how deliciously sarcastic our main character, Laura, is. And she isn’t afraid to let it show either! It gave for a lot of funny, snort-worthy internal monologues and I truly lived for it. I’m a bit of a sarcastic person myself so.. you know.. It was meant to be a win for me.
I also liked the way the story went. Seeing some characters going through significant growth while others definitely didn’t.. It’s something that made me want to continue reading. I wanted to see the progress of some, while hoping life knocked some sense into others. The latter was definitely the case for Stella – someone I didn’t expect to be.. so shallow. Throughout the story she tries and tries, but.. for some reason I never quite took a liking to her. It didn’t bother my reading experience though. On the contrary. It kept me entertained!
Sometimes, you just want a storm to clear the air.
Like I said – the story itself was entertaining enough, but I felt like something was missing. I enjoyed reading the book – no doubt about that -, so maybe the pace was a bit too slow? I wasn’t hooked and I didn’t have the need to find out the ending. I didn’t enjoy reading it less for those reasons, but when you pick up a book, you want to feel motivated to keep picking it up or even reading it in one go. That feeling was lacking.
The thing I truly didn’t enjoy was the ending. I can’t help it. Although I understand Jane’s reasons for ending the story the way she did, I was still hoping for “something” to happen and it didn’t. A missed opportunity, I’d dare say. I get why Jane didn’t go that road, but it doesn’t mean I can’t want a different ending, right?
I’m honestly a bit bummed about this being a lower rating compared to Jane’s other books I read in the past. I was hoping to be blown away again, to be hooked to the story for the entire book but.. That didn’t happen. And then the ending.. Let’s just say I hope this was a one-time-thing so I can get back to loving her books in the future!
What’s a book you really wanted to change the ending of? [Without spoilers!]
How do you feel about open endings?