Tell Me a Secret
by Jane Fallon
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 . . .
“Tell Me a Secret” is my first Jane Fallon read and one I chose to listen to in audiobook format. I was looking for something light-hearted and easy and this book definitely ticked those boxes.
Holly gets a promotion but her work bff Roz doesn’t seem to be happy for her. Suspecting something might be up, Holly starts investigating and soon finds that the life Roz has been boasting about in the office doesn’t seem to match reality.
This is chick-lit and it’s a fun read for the most part. I didn’t have huge expectations and that’s okay. I did find it to be a little predictable at times and it’s probably not a story that will stick with me for a long time but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The characters were realistic and I really appreciated the honesty in the relationship between Holly and her daughter. I also liked the setting of Roz and Holly’s work place as they work on a TV show as script writers, a role you don’t often read about.
My biggest criticism is that the central drama didn’t really seem to be that dramatic but then I wonder if maybe I’ve read so many thrillers recently that I’ve been desensitised to some fluffy office gossip!
I also didn’t really get on with the narration of this one, especially the lack of emotion in the narrator’s voice. At times the narration felt a little stuffy, like listening to a news report and I actually had to start again a few chapters in when I realised I’d got completely distracted and didn’t know what was happening (I’ll take some of the blame for that one!) I’ve not been put off by this read though, it certainly was enjoyable, I just think that if I read any more Jane Fallon in the future, I’ll go for the traditional book rather than audiobook.
Overall rating: “Tell Me a Secret” is a light-hearted look at a work friendship. Can you trust your work colleagues with your deepest secrets? Despite being a little predictable, I enjoyed this story but probably wouldn’t recommend the audiobook. This was a good three star read for me.