Tell Me a Secret
**The million copy bestselling author of Faking Friends and My Sweet Revenge is back - pre-order now!**Holly and Roz spend most of their days together. They like the same jokes, loathe the same people and tell each other everything. So when single mum Holly gets a shot at her dream job after putting everything on hold to raise her daughter, she assumes her friend will be dying to pop the champagne with her.But is she just imagining things, or is Roz not quite as happy for her as she should be?As Holly starts to take a closer look at Roz's life outside their friendship, she begins to discover a few things that don't add up. Who is the woman who claims to be her ally? Perhaps it was a mistake to tell Roz all her secrets.Because it takes two to forge a friendship. But it only takes one to wage a war . . .Praise for Jane Fallon'Original, compulsively readable' Daily Mail'Hugely compelling and unpredictable' Ruth Jones'Deliciously devious' Daily Express'She's in a category all of her own' Marian Keyes

Tell Me a Secret Details

TitleTell Me a Secret
Author
ReleaseJan 10th, 2019
PublisherPenguin
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, European Literature, British Literature, Contemporary

Tell Me a Secret Review

  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Fallon excels in writing light hearted, entertaining, enjoyable and escapist novels imbued with plenty of intrigue. Having enjoyed her previous novels, I was looking forward to reading this one too, and I was not disappointed in the least. Whilst there is much of Fallon's trademark themes of relationships, deceit, rivalries and deception, this time round there is no romance and instead the focus is the nature of friends, the support they offer, with the unfriendly and toxic elements as well Jane Fallon excels in writing light hearted, entertaining, enjoyable and escapist novels imbued with plenty of intrigue. Having enjoyed her previous novels, I was looking forward to reading this one too, and I was not disappointed in the least. Whilst there is much of Fallon's trademark themes of relationships, deceit, rivalries and deception, this time round there is no romance and instead the focus is the nature of friends, the support they offer, with the unfriendly and toxic elements as well. Single mom Holly has prioritised bringing up her daughter, Ashley, at the expense of her career in TV. An overjoyed Holly is therefore understandably over the moon when she secures a promotion, assuming everyone will share and support her success. But are they??? On probation for the post, Holly's friend at work, Roz, share secrets and a similar sense of humour. Feeling a sense of insecurity and confidence issues, Holly is taken aback when a sustained campaign of sabotage begins to take place. Who is behind it? Who can Holly trust? As Holly acquires a new lodger, a story of twists and intrigue emerges that replicates that of the soap operas that Holly works in. This is a fast paced, compelling binge read that captures the world of office politics and gossip. Fallon constructs well written novels with wit and comic touches that have masses of appeal with the great characterisation that cannot fail to engage the reader. Friendships are a universal human phenomena, as indeed are the competitive territory of office politics, so Fallon has hit on a winning formula here. Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC.
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  • Eva
    January 1, 1970
    This is only the second novel I’ve read by Jane Fallon but I must say she’s fast becoming a firm favourite. When the reading mojo is dipping or I just need a break from all the crime fiction and psychological thrillers I tend to read, she is undoubtedly the perfect remedy.Holly and Roz are colleagues and friends, working in the script department of a popular TV soap. They chat about anything and everything, gossiping the day away and aren’t averse to mocking their other colleagues from time to t This is only the second novel I’ve read by Jane Fallon but I must say she’s fast becoming a firm favourite. When the reading mojo is dipping or I just need a break from all the crime fiction and psychological thrillers I tend to read, she is undoubtedly the perfect remedy.Holly and Roz are colleagues and friends, working in the script department of a popular TV soap. They chat about anything and everything, gossiping the day away and aren’t averse to mocking their other colleagues from time to time. Then Holly gets a promotion and odd things start to happen. Who is trying to sabotage Holly and why? Holly is fairly confident she knows who is behind these shenanigans but proving it is an entirely different matter.With its focus firmly on friendship and rivalry in the workplace, Tell Me A Secret had me engrossed from the very beginning. It annoyed me when I had to put the book down for whatever reason and I couldn’t wait to get back to it, which to me is always a sign of an excellent story. These characters are all immensely engaging and remarkably easy to relate to.As much as the office mystery held my attention throughout, I was equally engrossed in Holly’s life outside of her work. There’s a healthy dash of humour, mostly provided by her best friend Dee, who is the most fabulous character! (With a name like that, how could she not be? 😉)Tell Me A Secret is a delightfully entertaining and a thoroughly enjoyable tale of friendship, lies, deceit and rivalry. This light-hearted novel left me with a big smile on my face and provided the perfect antidote and escape for those dark and depressing January days. I will most definitely be making time this year to try and catch up on Jane Fallon’s other novels.
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  • Bookread2day
    January 1, 1970
    My review on www.bookread2day.wordpress.comI bought my own paperback copy of Tell Me a Secret on Amazon, just Like have always bought my own Jane Fallon books. It’s amazing I absolutely loved every page, never knew what was coming next. I have to admit I didn’t see the ending coming. I love reading stories about people in an office with the bitchy, jealous friendship that goes on. Holly has her chance of her dream job being head of the script department. For a short while Holly is on a trail run My review on www.bookread2day.wordpress.comI bought my own paperback copy of Tell Me a Secret on Amazon, just Like have always bought my own Jane Fallon books. It’s amazing I absolutely loved every page, never knew what was coming next. I have to admit I didn’t see the ending coming. I love reading stories about people in an office with the bitchy, jealous friendship that goes on. Holly has her chance of her dream job being head of the script department. For a short while Holly is on a trail run to see if she can cope with the full demands of running the script department with people under her. Holly shared so much with her best friend Roz, at work, and equally Roz told Holly everything about her glamorous life with her husband. With Holly thinking that Roz was her best friend, then freaky things start happening and then Holly discovers Roz wanted Holly’s job. How far will Roz go to try to stop Holly getting the job permanently at head of script department. And can everyone in the script office believe everything that Roz says ? I found this a highly addictive storyline, one that I truly recommend
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  • Meggy
    January 1, 1970
    Tell Me A Secret.If you tell me yours I’ll tell you mine!Okay, I can’t wait, I have to let it out.I am madly in love with Jane Fallon’s latest novel!!! I can’t believe I have had Sweet Revenge forever and haven’t read it yet. You can be sure to see it reviewed very soon!But, back to Tell Me A Secret. Wow!!! I am a die-hard fan of psychological thrillers, but this book seems to fall into a different category. The *OMG I want more* category? The *workplace mystery* category? Wherever you want to p Tell Me A Secret.If you tell me yours I’ll tell you mine!Okay, I can’t wait, I have to let it out.I am madly in love with Jane Fallon’s latest novel!!! I can’t believe I have had Sweet Revenge forever and haven’t read it yet. You can be sure to see it reviewed very soon!But, back to Tell Me A Secret. Wow!!! I am a die-hard fan of psychological thrillers, but this book seems to fall into a different category. The *OMG I want more* category? The *workplace mystery* category? Wherever you want to put it, it doesn’t matter, because every detail in this novel makes it original, refreshing, and infinitely entertaining. I am not talking about light and fun entertainment! I am talking creepy-what-is-happening-something-is-wrong entertainment!No cops, no romance, no dead bodies. Tell Me A Secret doesn’t need them. Instead, Jane Fallon picked friendship and work. She shook the two and boom! A magnificent magnum appeared! I had no idea what to expect (I can hear you say that I repeat this often and that I should remember to read the blurbs before reading a book. My answer? No! My way’s funnier!) Of course, I’d heard of the author’s reputation and strong writing. I was also very fond of the cover. I think it would make a nice picture to have framed in your room. Maybe it’s just because of the bottle of wine and the fact I’m living in Bordeaux, but don’t you think this cover is classy with its beautiful shades of red/pink? Anyway, I chose my best mug and opened the bottle…Holly, single mom and script writer, gets a deserved promotion. The team celebrates and you get a sense of what she thinks of everyone around. I just loved this. The foundations of my first impression on every other character was based on Holly’s feelings. Two things happen when the author chooses to go this way: you get close to the main character faster than I eat my cheeseburgers, and everything you know, or think you know, is subjective, so you’re never sure you have the rights cards to deal with or to fully understand a situation. I am used to this in crime fiction, usually with its unreliable characters, but I must admit that here, in this book, it had an even bigger impact. The work place is a tricky one. I felt Holly’s insecurity, I understood quickly the dynamics of the team and how her new position would trigger shifts. But never would I have suspected getting so much adrenaline and chills from a work ghost basically trying to ruin Holly’s chances at securing this job. Maybe I reacted so strongly about it because I had the bad luck of being stuck as part of a friendly-on-the-outside-but-rotten-in-the-inside team at some point in my work life. But you don’t need to have lived it to get what Holly is experiencing. Jane Fallon casts doubts and brings dread ... slowly but surely. Who can you trust? Roz, the friend who has had your back since you arrived and helped you with your application? The assistant who runs everywhere and therefore hears a lot? Juliet, the one who wanted the job you landed? Your boss, who is supposed to settle things and help you?Tell Me A Secret is claustrophobic in its own way. I have no words to express just how anxious I felt for Holly as she went to work every day without knowing what would hit her. But it was a fabulous kind of anxiety, because I was on my couch!!! Still, Jane Fallon writes in such an intense way that you can’t help feeling thrown into this world of whispers and jealousy.Just like Holly, I looked for answers, I prayed she’d get some respite, I couldn’t believe the lengths someone would get to for a revenge. What is wrong with people???? Then I realized this book was more than just a fantastic page-turner. What would I do? Would I break under the pressure? Could I forgive? Would I be so gullible? When you don’t have any reasons to doubt what someone tells you, you just go with it. Why complicate things? But as the novel shows, the way we interact with others at work has a massive effect on our own behavior in the place. Can we truly stay true to ourselves and keep an open-mind when we spend days with people and hear their views on things? I remembered all the times I heard ‘don’t bother with this person, she’s crazy/stupid/insert whatever’. And sometimes you accept it, you get into a routine, you think you’re safe. Well, grab Tell Me A Secret and check twice!!!As most of us know, work has a tendency to ease its way into all aspects of your life, and Holly doesn’t escape the rule! The infection spreads to her personal life and what was supposed to be a happy time turns into a nightmare. Thankfully, she also has friends outside of work! Amazing people who made me laugh, who made me wish I had this kind of guys around, and who saved both Holly and I from going crazy! Holly’s daughter plays a part, too. We get to know Holly as a mother, as a friend, as a woman, as well as a worker. Thank goodness, because we are not robots! Tell Me A Secret had me following red arrows and made me feel all the feels you get from work — happiness, frustration, self-doubts, and all the emotions from friendships gone wrong, only to remind me of the most important things. Addictive like the dark green of a wine bottle and intoxicating like the crimson wine inside, Tell Me A Secret is devious and fascinating.
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  • Adele Shea
    January 1, 1970
    Jane Fallon's, Tell Me A Secret, is about how deceptive people can be in the work place.Jealously takes over when Holly gets a promotion. Holly blames a colleague of hers. Little does she know it's someone closer to home. When acts of sabotage start in order to make Holly look bad on her probationary period, she realise she must act fast before she loses her job.Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    I do love a good workplace mystery, and I thoroughly enjoyed Tell Me a Secret. Holly, a script editor on a popular TV soap, is overjoyed to have won the promotion she applied for. But it seems not everyone in her office is happy for her - in fact, someone is clearly out to sabotage Holly’s position by any means necessary, and she’s confident she knows who that person is. But of course, it’s not that straightforward...I think I suspected everybody, at some point, of involvement in the campaign ag I do love a good workplace mystery, and I thoroughly enjoyed Tell Me a Secret. Holly, a script editor on a popular TV soap, is overjoyed to have won the promotion she applied for. But it seems not everyone in her office is happy for her - in fact, someone is clearly out to sabotage Holly’s position by any means necessary, and she’s confident she knows who that person is. But of course, it’s not that straightforward...I think I suspected everybody, at some point, of involvement in the campaign against Holly, from her best friend Dee to series producer Glen - and while it was obvious that certain people weren’t exactly on the level, all the twists and turns took a while to be revealed. Who’s out to get Holly, and equally to the point, what can she do about it?The characterisation was great - I could really visualise and believe in all the characters both at work and out of it and I was rooting for Holly all the way though. A really enjoyable, escapist read.
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  • Helen Leecy
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, this was brilliant. It was so different to last year’s book (or rather this year January 2018), and unlike her other books which are usually about a woman getting revenge or a woman scorned.This didn’t have any romance in it and concentrated on friendships instead and how you should keep your friends close but your enemies closer. The story was really well developed and written. It even had you doubting everyone, who could you trust?!I’ve read some good books this year but every now and aga Wow, this was brilliant. It was so different to last year’s book (or rather this year January 2018), and unlike her other books which are usually about a woman getting revenge or a woman scorned.This didn’t have any romance in it and concentrated on friendships instead and how you should keep your friends close but your enemies closer. The story was really well developed and written. It even had you doubting everyone, who could you trust?!I’ve read some good books this year but every now and again one comes along and reminds you how brilliant a book can be, and this one did that for me. It was just a higher class of writing, and I couldn’t stop turning the pages wanting more. I even found myself thinking about the book when I wasn’t reading, and then you truly know the book has gotten its grip and won’t let you go until you’ve finished it!I had been a little worried as when I read the last book I was somewhat underwhelmed as I felt the story was a bit repetitive and obvious. I'd still enjoyed it, but I was expecting something of the same from this one. However, Fallon has completely outdone herself with this latest novel; it is utterly superb!I can't believe I have to potentially wait over a year now for her next book!
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  • Irena
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • Karen's World
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this and was surprised at some of the things people will do to their so called friends. But this kept me entertained and reading as I kept thinking what I would do and then something different would happen and then it would shock me. I would recommend this for an easy read that can be a bit comical as well.
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  • Roman Clodia
    January 1, 1970
    A gossipy, compulsive story of female career rivalry, lies and deceit. The negative female stereotypes are balanced by female friendships, old and new. Knowing Fallon's previous books means some revelations are predictable (view spoiler)[Roz, Hattie, the home computer, and surely we don't believe anyone call fall for the phishing email requesting email passwords? (hide spoiler)] - but the detail keeps us involved. Perfect switch-off reading.
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  • Kathy - Books & Munches
    January 1, 1970
    If there's one thing I can trust Jane Fallon will nail every single time, it's writing a book in a way that's very easy to read. One thing that was entirely different compared to My Sweet Revenge and Faking Friends was the focus of the story. Where the main aspect used to be romance and love, Tell Me a Secret focuses on friendships way more. It surprised me, since I didn't expect it to be the case but.. in a good way? Our main character - Holly - is a script editor for a television soap! Which m If there's one thing I can trust Jane Fallon will nail every single time, it's writing a book in a way that's very easy to read. One thing that was entirely different compared to My Sweet Revenge and Faking Friends was the focus of the story. Where the main aspect used to be romance and love, Tell Me a Secret focuses on friendships way more. It surprised me, since I didn't expect it to be the case but.. in a good way? Our main character - Holly - is a script editor for a television soap! Which means most of this novel is set at her job, where there's scripts galore! Of course, we don't find out much about the actual show but.. I still loved it since it felt so unique to me.Now, where the fun's actually at? The characters!From the get-go, you notice Molly wants to be sure of herself, show some confidence since she just got promoted and feels the pressure of people's expectations. Not to mention how she suddenly has to manage the people she worked with and now work for her. That isn't an easy feat in normal circumstances, let alone when you're getting back-stabbed over and over by the skies know who. It really hurt me seeing her like that, noticing how she was crawling back into her shell but.. in the end it also shows the character growth throughout the entire novel. Not to mention her relationship with her daughter - which wasn't overly present, but I loved the glimpses we got!Which leads me to the side characters, who are so much more fleshed out than I thought they'd be! Having their own issues and battles to fight, it added an entire extra dimension to Tell Me a Secret. The last thing I most definitely have to mention is Jane Fallon's ability to write toxic characters. Up until now, that's featured in every book of hers I've read and it's why I keep wanting to read them as well. Having that one character to hate in a book? I know most of us enjoy that, even if it's just a little bit.Not necessarily a bad thing but I did figure out what was going on specifically - like, details and all - before I was "meant to". I'm pretty sure this has more to do with having read Jane Fallon's work before and, thus, having some insight in the way she writes and constructs her stories. It didn't ruin my reading experience at all, but.. I might have wished it wasn't so predictable? Just a little bit?I really enjoyed reading this one. It was different than Jane Fallon's other work, but that's exactly why I love it so much! It's refreshing, but still familiar and that combination did the trick!4,5 / 5!
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Deliciously compulsive this really is a total pleasure of a read that I just flew through. Gossip, lies, friendships that may not be quite what they seem and devious behaviour is at the heart of this mystery and it makes for a brilliant novel and it’s so well written that you really do feel a part of all the machinations that are going on. My first book by the fabulous Jane Fallon and it won't be the last the excellent characterisation made it a novel I thoroughly enjoyed and well recommend.My t Deliciously compulsive this really is a total pleasure of a read that I just flew through. Gossip, lies, friendships that may not be quite what they seem and devious behaviour is at the heart of this mystery and it makes for a brilliant novel and it’s so well written that you really do feel a part of all the machinations that are going on. My first book by the fabulous Jane Fallon and it won't be the last the excellent characterisation made it a novel I thoroughly enjoyed and well recommend.My thanks to NetGalley and Penguin UK for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    review updated****Holly has been given her dream job but her work bestie, Roz, seems to be faking her happiness. Once things start to take a turn at work it would seem that Roz isn’t that happy at all but no one believes Holly about the mysterious things that keep happening. Throw in Holly’s new lodger and the fun holly has with her best friend, Dee, things could get messy! As always Jane’s books are a fabulous read with laugh out loud moments and lines you read and identify with completely. Tha review updated****Holly has been given her dream job but her work bestie, Roz, seems to be faking her happiness. Once things start to take a turn at work it would seem that Roz isn’t that happy at all but no one believes Holly about the mysterious things that keep happening. Throw in Holly’s new lodger and the fun holly has with her best friend, Dee, things could get messy! As always Jane’s books are a fabulous read with laugh out loud moments and lines you read and identify with completely. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Tara
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this, bit different from some of my current reads so made a nice change of pace. This is a story about female friendships and doesn’t involve romance, it’s very accurate representing the relationships and their ups and downs. Also working in an office myself this is scarily accurate and could relate to all the characters. A really good read and I recommend it. Thanks To netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest review
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  • Courtney Smyth
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely loved this book, it had me hooked from page 1. Loved the drama and all the wee twists. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I told myself I'm being better with my ratings this year, only top top top of my faves will be getting 5 stars!(I also realise this is a crap review but I hate people who type the full story line in reviews. My opinion is - just read it, you'll love it!!)
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  • Joanna Park
    January 1, 1970
    I’m a huge fan of Jane Fallon’s books so I was very excited to be asked to be part of the blog tour for her latest book, keeping it to read over Christmas when I’d have time to fully enjoy it.In Tell Me A Secret the author has once again created a wonderful escapist novel about female friendship and the problems they can cause. I liked that the book was set in the work place as I thought that provided lots of opportunities for jealousy and sabotage. Throughout the book the author skillfully weav I’m a huge fan of Jane Fallon’s books so I was very excited to be asked to be part of the blog tour for her latest book, keeping it to read over Christmas when I’d have time to fully enjoy it.In Tell Me A Secret the author has once again created a wonderful escapist novel about female friendship and the problems they can cause. I liked that the book was set in the work place as I thought that provided lots of opportunities for jealousy and sabotage. Throughout the book the author skillfully weaves a fantastic story full of intrigue with lots of twists and turns that’s keeps the reader guessing. I think I suspected everyone of sabotaging Holly at times which always makes the read more enjoyable.This book is different from the author’s other books as there is no romance in it and the rivalry isn’t over a man for once. Instead the focus is purely on female friendships and the different forms they can take. The problems in the book are ones that I’m sure most readers would recognise and is quite comforting to read about as it makes you realise how common they are. There is also that naughty sense of being able to watch all the action unfold without being judged! I’m sure we all enjoy a bit of drama at times.My only slight problem with this book was that I didn’t warm to the main character Holly. I found her to be a little annoying at times and I found myself feeling sympathy for the person sabotaging her as I think she’d be quite difficult to work with. This wasn’t necessary a bad thing though as I think it made me more open minded as I wasn’t on one person’s side, so was able to just be an observer.I’ve read most of Jane Fallon’s books and she is one of my go to author’s for reads that are gripping and full of escapism. I’m always excited when she has a new book out so can’t wait to read more from her.Huge thanks to Jenny Platt at Michael St Joseph for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book. If you like gripping reads about female friendships that you can lose yourself in then you’ll love this book.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    Deliciously compulsive this really is a total pleasure of a read that I just flew through. Gossip, lies, friendships that may not be quite what they seem and devious behaviour is at the heart of this mystery and it makes for a brilliant novel and it’s so well written that you really do feel a part of all the machinations that are going on. My first book by the fabulous Jane Fallon and it won't be the last the excellent characterisation made it a novel I thoroughly enjoyed and well recommend.My t Deliciously compulsive this really is a total pleasure of a read that I just flew through. Gossip, lies, friendships that may not be quite what they seem and devious behaviour is at the heart of this mystery and it makes for a brilliant novel and it’s so well written that you really do feel a part of all the machinations that are going on. My first book by the fabulous Jane Fallon and it won't be the last the excellent characterisation made it a novel I thoroughly enjoyed and well recommend.My thanks to NetGalley and Penguin UK for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Karen Whittard
    January 1, 1970
    Although this book was written really well, it was interesting and intriguing I found the characters a little annoying and it wasn’t my favourite Jane falling book. But it wasn’t bad.
  • Clare
    January 1, 1970
    With thanks to Netgalley and Penguin for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.Single mum Holly Cooper was delighted when she was promoted to Script Executive for soap opera Churchill Road. Her main rival for the job had been fellow co worker Juliet, but Holly`s best friend Roz had been been a loyal supporter. When Juliet found out she had not got the job she left early to escape the celebrations.Holly was excited that her daughter Ashley was pregnant but i upset she would be a sing With thanks to Netgalley and Penguin for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.Single mum Holly Cooper was delighted when she was promoted to Script Executive for soap opera Churchill Road. Her main rival for the job had been fellow co worker Juliet, but Holly`s best friend Roz had been been a loyal supporter. When Juliet found out she had not got the job she left early to escape the celebrations.Holly was excited that her daughter Ashley was pregnant but i upset she would be a single mother like herself. To help Ashley financially she took on a lodger called Hattie.Holly started her new job knowing that she had a four week probation period. Things went wrong for Holly on the first day, she printed off some script drafts which were not on the printer the next day. Holly suspected it was sour grapes from Juliet and thought it would be a one off occurrence. During her first meeting with her boss, Glen mentioned that both Juliet and Roz had applied for the job. Holly was surprised and couldn't understand why Roz would support her application when she wanted the job herself.A few days later Holly was preparing for her first ever script conference. When she handed out the documents to her colleagues someone had added random lines in the documents insulting the actors and writers.When Holly was pulled aside by Glen she explained that someone was trying to sabotage her new job. Convinced that Roz was destroying her career, Holly asked her BF Dee for advice. Dee convinced her to find out more about Roz, Dee and husband Gavin discovered that Roz did not live the celebrity lifestyle she claimed. As more incidents occurred Holly realised that Roz would stop at nothing to get her job. With help from Dee and Gavin, Holly had to find the best way to discredit Roz and keep her job.I loved this book and found it hard to put down I enjoyed reading about the behind the scenes work on a television production. Although I guessed a part of the story, the rest was a complete surprise. I thought the mobile phone footage that was shown on all the TV monitors in the production studio was hilarious. I wanted to like Holly but I didn't like the catty comments she and Roz made about Juliet. My favourite characters were Dee and her husband who enjoyed acting as private detectives for Holly. I also felt sorry for Juliet who no one in the office liked because of Roz.Tell Me a Secret was an hilarious take on toxic friendships and rivalry in the workplace. Well done Jane!
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  • Lisa M
    January 1, 1970
    I have only just started reading Jane Fallon books in the last few months and can't believe I have been missing out for so long! The bonus to that is that I can now read the back catalogue in quick succession without having to wait a year or so between publications.The plot for this book has been different to the others I have read as it usually involves relationships/break up's/cheating but this one concentrated solely on work colleagues who are also friends.Holly gets a promotion at work with I have only just started reading Jane Fallon books in the last few months and can't believe I have been missing out for so long! The bonus to that is that I can now read the back catalogue in quick succession without having to wait a year or so between publications.The plot for this book has been different to the others I have read as it usually involves relationships/break up's/cheating but this one concentrated solely on work colleagues who are also friends.Holly gets a promotion at work with the support of her friend based in the same department, Roz. As Holly takes on the role someone appears to be attempting to sabotage her success and possibly stop Holly in her work tracks before she has barely started as the end of her probation period is looming fast. Holly and Roz are clear who this is.....but is all really as clear cut as it seems?Holly joins forces with best friend Dee to try and work out, and then catch out, the culprit before Holly is deemed unsuitable for the role and at worst faces a potential firing.I'm now used to a twist, or 3 or 4!, in Jane's novels but even though I expected a few turns here and there I had not guessed sometimes where the story was heading and the outcome. This certainly added to the enjoyment factor and it was a gripping read in terms of how much I felt that I was rooting for Holly and for certain people within the company to wise up!I really enjoyed reading about Dee and her husband's attempts to assist Holly in finding out who could be behind the malicious campaign and these parts were thoroughly entertaining - Holly alludes to Dee having a career as a Private Investigator well within reach and I'd have to agree with this! Overall the characters (well...obviously not all of them...) were likeable and engaged me into wanting to read more and more - I really raced through this excellent book and highly recommend it. It's a bit different from the usual genres of romance, psychological, thriller or mystery and at times is very comical.My thanks to Penguin UK (Michael Joseph) for providing me with this advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    When Holly lands a great promotion at work, someone seems to be less than happy that she got the job. The book deals with professional rivalry, friendships and jealousy in equal measures. When her future is put in doubt during her probation there seems to be an obvious suspect, but as events unfurl you begin to wonder whether any number of her friends or colleagues could be behind the activities.She's a single mum with a grown up daughter and after getting an empty nest she is looking for a lodg When Holly lands a great promotion at work, someone seems to be less than happy that she got the job. The book deals with professional rivalry, friendships and jealousy in equal measures. When her future is put in doubt during her probation there seems to be an obvious suspect, but as events unfurl you begin to wonder whether any number of her friends or colleagues could be behind the activities.She's a single mum with a grown up daughter and after getting an empty nest she is looking for a lodger to help her carry on supporting her daughter. The selection process was quite funny, where she called on her best friend for support.I loved the twists in the book and couldn't wait to see what might happen next to poor Holly. I love picking up a new Jane Fallon book and this one was a pure delight to read.
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  • Heather Nazmdeh
    January 1, 1970
    This is a really fun read that will have you page turning rapidly. It’s a modern story of jealousy and revenge and questioning who you really can trust. Holly is a single mother with a daughter who is pregnant and she has got a promotion at work which makes her a target for mean tricks to undermine her. It is a light read, made me laugh at times, and has a satisfying ending.
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I have only discovered Jane’s books fairly recently. I have read two of them so far and absolutely loved both although I know that I have a fair few other books to catch up on. Book addict me says ‘yippee’, my purse just says ‘oh dear’. Anyway I digress so back to the review I go. You can imagine my excitement when I was asked if I would like to take part in the blog tour for ‘Tell Me A Secret’. After the squealing had finished, I did a little happy dance, which was thankfully only witnessed by I have only discovered Jane’s books fairly recently. I have read two of them so far and absolutely loved both although I know that I have a fair few other books to catch up on. Book addict me says ‘yippee’, my purse just says ‘oh dear’. Anyway I digress so back to the review I go. You can imagine my excitement when I was asked if I would like to take part in the blog tour for ‘Tell Me A Secret’. After the squealing had finished, I did a little happy dance, which was thankfully only witnessed by my two Labradors. Of course I said yes and I eagerly opened the book and began to read. Well I absolutely, totally, flipping well loved ‘Tell Me A Secret’ but more about that in a bit.I couldn’t help but take to the character of Holly Cooper from the first moment I met her. She is an ambitious young woman, who has received a long overdue promotion. You would think that her friends would be happy for her but that is so not the case as regards one particular character. Appearances can be very deceptive. When things start going wrong for Holly, I couldn’t help but want to jump inside the pages of the book to give Holly a hug to reassure her and to attack her back stabbing friend by giving her a few dozen slaps across the face with a wet fish. Holly is nice, kind, gentle, compassionate, supportive and she seems to be the sort of person I could imagine having a cup of tea and a gossip with. She seems to be a huge support to her other friends and above all to her daughter, who has discovered that she is pregnant. Holly seems to spend that much time running around and looking everybody else, that her own needs seem to be way down the list of her own priorities. Holly could do the job standing on her head but somebody manipulates certain situations to case Holly in a bad light. I don’t want to type too much about who does what and when because I don’t want to give too much away.Oh my giddy aunt I was hooked on ‘Tell Me A Secret’ from the very first word on the very first page and reading the book soon became an addiction. I found it simply impossible to put the book down because I was enjoying it so much. I loved everything about the book from the author’s writing style to the storylines to the characters and beyond. I didn’t realise just how quickly I was reading this book until I happened to look at the page number I was on and realised that I had actually read over half of the book. From then on, I tried to ration how much I read in one reading burst but my attempts at rationing failed because I just had to read on and on and so on. It seemed to take me next to no time to get through the book but in reality it took me a few hours to get through the book. The time and page numbers just seemed to fly past in a blur.In my opinion ‘Tell Me A Secret’ is superbly written. The author has one of those writing styles that draws you in from the start and it feels as though you are actually part of the story yourself. That’s how I felt anyway. The author clearly cares about her characters and this shines through in her writing. She describes her characters so vividly and so realistically that it was almost as if the characters jumped off the page and came to life. I found that I genuinely cared about Holly and what happened to her. Indeed I felt as though she had become a friend and felt very protective of her. I usually have the attention span of a gnat but not in this case because my sole focus was on the book itself and I was able to shut out all other distractions.In short, I simply adored reading ‘Tell Me A Secret’ and I would definitely recommend this book and indeed this author to other readers. I find Jane’s books to be fun and light hearted and above all they are extremely addictive reading. I can’t wait to read what Jane Fallon comes up with next. I, for one, will be first in the queue to read it. In the meantime I will definitely be getting copies of all of Jane’s other books and make reading them one of my top reading priorities. The score on the Ginger Book Geek board is a very well deserved 5* out of 5*.
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  • Cleo Bannister
    January 1, 1970
    For those of you who have read previous books by this author you will be prepared for a tale of deceit heaped upon deceit served up in a number of different dishes but all with a lightness that by the time the book comes to a close you are left with a feeling that you’ve been entertained rather than put through the wringer.Holly is promoted and assumes that her workplace best friend Roz will be keen to celebrate her success, and she is, isn’t she? But someone in the office is out to make mischie For those of you who have read previous books by this author you will be prepared for a tale of deceit heaped upon deceit served up in a number of different dishes but all with a lightness that by the time the book comes to a close you are left with a feeling that you’ve been entertained rather than put through the wringer.Holly is promoted and assumes that her workplace best friend Roz will be keen to celebrate her success, and she is, isn’t she? But someone in the office is out to make mischief and it isn’t long before Holly is wondering whether she will manage to hang onto her job. The thing about Jane Fallon’s writing is that you will laugh, you will gasp and you may well cry at the scenes portrayed and the conversations had but because they are sufficiently grounded in true life. Those short-hand conversations that many authors seem to struggle with are captured with a wicked sense of humour as Jane Fallon makes an acute life observation, there were times when I was sure she has taken a peek into those unspoken thoughts I have whenever the occasion calls for people watching.The story is a cracker full of twists and turns to keep those pages turning and fortunately Holly has friends outside work, Dee who works for the NHS and has a whole host of medical related stories to entertain us whenever it all gets a bit serious. Dee also as a sounding board, often a wise one but with a wild side all in the name of searching for the truth but when they are proposed I’m sure I won’t be the only reader to sit back thinking ‘oh dear, time to hang onto your hats folks!’So if you need cheering up with a bit of a feel-good story with a hefty dose of the realities of working life then you really can’t go too far wrong with Tell Me A Secret.
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  • Jeanniehay64
    January 1, 1970
    This book centres around Holly who has landed her dream promotion in her job on a popular TV soap. She is over the moon but her enthusiasm is not matched by her fellow co workers. A campaign of sabotage begins and leaves Holly on tender hooks as she tries to figure out who could be behind it. With the help of her friend Holly vows to expose the culprit. This book explores how you may think you know someone and their character but sometimes they can have a completely different side. I loved how t This book centres around Holly who has landed her dream promotion in her job on a popular TV soap. She is over the moon but her enthusiasm is not matched by her fellow co workers. A campaign of sabotage begins and leaves Holly on tender hooks as she tries to figure out who could be behind it. With the help of her friend Holly vows to expose the culprit. This book explores how you may think you know someone and their character but sometimes they can have a completely different side. I loved how the author explored what made the perpetrator act the way they had . I also loved how Holly did not hold a grudge and was the better person when faced with a chance of revenge. Friendships, loyalty, work relationships and family are among the topics beautifully explored in this novel. It had me thinking about each of the characters and how they all joined together to create such a well plotted story line . Although it took me a while to get hooked on this book , hooked I got page turning until I reached the perfect ending .A lovely twisty entertaining read , thank you to the publishers and netgalley for my chance to read this easy reading novel .
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  • Jane Hunt
    January 1, 1970
    A contemporary revenge novel, that has a multi-layered plot, an authentic setting and complex characters. There is an underlying undercurrent of menace in this story as Holly's career and life are threatened, but will anyone believe her? It's easy for the reader to believe in this storyline, most people who have worked in an office setting have witnessed office politics at some point in their career, and it's not hard to imagine what Holly experiences. Betrayal is an important theme of this stor A contemporary revenge novel, that has a multi-layered plot, an authentic setting and complex characters. There is an underlying undercurrent of menace in this story as Holly's career and life are threatened, but will anyone believe her? It's easy for the reader to believe in this storyline, most people who have worked in an office setting have witnessed office politics at some point in their career, and it's not hard to imagine what Holly experiences. Betrayal is an important theme of this story, and it adds impact to the injustices she suffers because Holly is betrayed by someone she should be able to trust.Although the action is focused on a few characters the vibrant setting and the fast pace make this page-turning, as you want to see what happens next and who will come out the victor. In addition to the main plot, there are parallel friendships, which showcase what good friends really are. Holly's relationship with her daughter is nicely written and emphasises why her career is so important to her.I received a copy of this book from Penguin UK-Michael Joseph via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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  • Noemi Proietti
    January 1, 1970
    TV script editor Holly has just been promoted but her happiness is cut short when she notices that someone in the office is trying to sabotage her. From false messages to inappropriate emails to her boss, it’s clear to Holly that someone doesn’t want her to succeed in her new job. Is it Juliet, her rival for the promotion? Or is it Roz, her friend and colleague who knows her secrets and who she thought she could trust? I do love Jane Fallon’s novels and am always looking forward to reading any n TV script editor Holly has just been promoted but her happiness is cut short when she notices that someone in the office is trying to sabotage her. From false messages to inappropriate emails to her boss, it’s clear to Holly that someone doesn’t want her to succeed in her new job. Is it Juliet, her rival for the promotion? Or is it Roz, her friend and colleague who knows her secrets and who she thought she could trust? I do love Jane Fallon’s novels and am always looking forward to reading any new stories from her. She always creates strong, relatable and likable women who stand up for themselves and fight for what is theirs, be it their husbands, boyfriends, or, as in this case, their jobs. Holly is a single mother who raised her daughter all on her own. Her only support is her best friend Dee, who is a character I really liked because of her witticism and her loyalty, and Holly turns to Dee for help in stopping her opponent.There was suspense as, like Holly, you’d never know what would happen next, what kind of mischief was awaiting her in the office. If you are looking for romance, there is none in this novel. Instead, it’s a story about friendship, deceit and jealousy, and it’s full of twists and turns that will keep you glued to the page. This addictive and engaging novel is another win for Jane Fallon and I highly recommend it as the perfect read to start the new year.
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  • Kimberley Jade
    January 1, 1970
    I hadn't read any of Jane's work before but I quite enjoyed this. The story follows Holly just after she is promoted and meant to be living the good life. Instead of proving herself and making her mark Holly is forced to watch her back as one thing after another goes wrong and depicts her as incompetent. Suspicious of everyone and unsure who to trust Holly tries to find out who is out to get her before she loses everything she has worked for. Friends can be enemies and unlikely allies prove thei I hadn't read any of Jane's work before but I quite enjoyed this. The story follows Holly just after she is promoted and meant to be living the good life. Instead of proving herself and making her mark Holly is forced to watch her back as one thing after another goes wrong and depicts her as incompetent. Suspicious of everyone and unsure who to trust Holly tries to find out who is out to get her before she loses everything she has worked for. Friends can be enemies and unlikely allies prove their worth as Holly tries to salvage her career.
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    This is a seriously good read. Seriously good as in I read it in one sitting and stayed up well past my bedtime. It's one of those books that is cleverly written to make you keep turning the pages and I couldn't wait to find out how it all turned out. If you read nothing else this year then make sure this book is on your list. Dealing with office politics, friendship and family relationships, this book will suck you into Holly's life and it won't let you go until the last page. Even then you wil This is a seriously good read. Seriously good as in I read it in one sitting and stayed up well past my bedtime. It's one of those books that is cleverly written to make you keep turning the pages and I couldn't wait to find out how it all turned out. If you read nothing else this year then make sure this book is on your list. Dealing with office politics, friendship and family relationships, this book will suck you into Holly's life and it won't let you go until the last page. Even then you will find yourself thinking about the characters. Seriously good I tell you!
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  • Ruth Parker
    January 1, 1970
    Devoured in one sitting like a delicious piece of chocolate cake with all the trimmings. I had no self control. Just one more bite, I told myself. Instead I’m sat, four hours later with a huge grin on my face feeling incredibly satisfied.Thank you Jane Fallon for yet another awesome book. You literally do no wrong.
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