Book Reviews

#BookReview Queen Bee By Jane Fallon

Hello, Book Dragons! How are you all doing? How is your self-isolation going on? Have you done much reading? I find it hard to read for some reason, I think the anxiety does this to me. I am classed as a key worker, so I do have to go to work, so it is even harder to read and write at the moment. What are you guys reading at the moment? For today, I have a review of the book, written by one of my favourite authors. Enjoy!

51gMESW5PML.jpgThank You very much to the publisher – Penguin for the NetGalley review copy.
ISBN13: 978-1405943345
Genre: Women’s Literary Fiction
Release date: 30 04 2020
Price*: Kindle £4.99 (GBP)/  Paperback £6.99 (GBP)
Pages: ~ 400
My rating: 7/10
You can get this book here:
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What I learned from this book: That if I ever get rich, I will not be like the rest of the rich people.

Description of the book: 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?

How this book made me feel: This book is the fourth book I read by this author. I absolutely loved My Sweet Revenge (Review) and Faking Friends (Review), but Tell Me A Secret (Review) didn’t really impress me that much, and now this book is even less exciting than the last one. 😦

The protagonist in this book is Laura, and this book is told from her perspective only. I really liked Laura, she is a very independent woman, who really loves her little girl, and feels quite down after her divorce. She is trying to rebuild her life, and I salute her for that. I liked the characters that the author picked out for this book, they are all very glamorous and quite grotesque. I really loved how real Laura was in this posh and “plastic” environment. I really enjoyed the contrast between the rich and the normal worlds, that the author described in this novel, it was quite fascinating.

The narrative was not as strong as I hoped it will be. I enjoyed the story and the interactions between the characters, but I was missing the suspense and the moments when I am left with my mouth open due to a surprising and mind-blowing twist. (That did happen in the past 😀 ) The story just kind of plodded along, with only little turns here and there.

I do enjoy Jane Fallon’s writing style, she has a great sense of the rich people and their world, and I really like how she utilises that in her novels. The atmosphere is constantly changing in this book and combined with decent chapter length, this book was quite entertaining. I liked the ending of this novel, it left me satisfied with the outcome, and I think it rounded this book really well.

So, to conclude, it wasn’t one of my favourite reads of this author, I missed the mind-blowing twists and suspenseful revenge plotting, but I really enjoyed the characters and the world that Jane Fallon created in this book. It was quite inspiring and I kind of liked this #GirlPower vibe that was going on. Do give this book a go, and I hope you will like it. Enjoy!

Thank You for Your time!


31SMKtDa9KL._US230_.jpgAbout 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 debut novel “Getting Rid of Matthew’ was published in 2007 and became a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller as have her subsequent books ‘Got You Back’, ‘Foursome’, ‘The Ugly Sister’, ‘Skeletons’, ‘Strictly Between Us’,’My Sweet Revenge’, ‘Faking Friends’ and ‘Tell Me a Secret’. Her 10th novel Queen Bee is available now to pre-order in both paperback and for Kindle.
Twitter – @janefallon or Instagram – @janefallon2

*-the price was taken from and on the current date. The price might change at the time of your purchase. The links used in this post for book purchases are affiliates.

3 thoughts on “#BookReview Queen Bee By Jane Fallon

  1. I didn’t realise this was on Netgalley – probably just as well as my ratio is terrible 😀
    Great review – I have read a few of her books now and I’m sure I will get round to this one at some point.


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