PLAN A: Stop shaving your armpits. And your bikini line. Tell him you have a moustache that you wax every six weeks. Stop having sex with him. Pick holes in the way he dresses. Don't brush your teeth. Or your hair. Or the stray hag-whisker that grows out of your chin. Buy incontinence pads and leave them lying around.
PLAN B: Accidentally on purpose bump into his wife, Sophie. Give yourself a fake name and identity. Befriend Sophie. Actually begin to really like Sophie. Snog Matthew's son (who is the same age as you by the way; you're not a paedophile). Buy a cat and give it a fake name and identity. Befriend Matthew's children. Unsuccessfully. Watch your whole plan go absolutely, horribly wrong.
Getting Rid of Matthew isn't as easy as it seems, but along the way, Helen will forge an unlikely friendship, find real love, and realize that nothing ever goes exactly to plan.
©2007 Jane Fallon; (P)2007 Orion Publishing Group Ltd
"Fallon delivers the goods in a believable and scathingly funny voice. She gives Helen and Sophie the human bumps and curves that make them so alive, you'll find yourself wishing you could ring them for lunch." (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
This sort of 'chick lit' is not the sort of book I would usually listen to or read. However, I enjoyed it a great deal and the credit for this must, I think, go largely to the reader, Fenella Woolgar, who is outstanding.
The story concerns Helen, a thirty-something with a dead-end job, who is wooed by her married boss (Matthew) and ends up taking him into her home and bed. Things get more complicated when Matthew's wife (Sophie) learns of his infidelity and he is thrown out. When he comes to live with Helen, she begins to realise that things are not as rosy as they were at first.
Things thereafter get more complicated but, in the end, turn out more or less OK for everyone. An entertaining and mainly light-hearted story, if a little far-fetched in places.
My first audiobook and it had me hooked. It was so enjoyable with lots of twists and turns. My husband downloaded it on his ipod and I didn't really expect him to enjoy it as I thought it was more of a 'girly' book but on a long, boring car journey one day he decided to give it a go and throughly enjoyed it too.
This was my first Jane Fallon but it certainly won't be my last...very funny 'modern' tale of betrayal and how to waste your life on a married man!
Recommended to all those who have loved and lost...and those that haven't!
Totally agree with former reviews, Fenella Woolgar has done an amazing job for her narration. I love her voice, especially the voice of 'Matthew' which is incredibly sexy (which I would otherwise not found when I was reading the text!)
It's not easy to make a good voice for the opposite sex and not many narrators can handle that well frankly. I'm expecting more work from her or an unabridged version of this one.
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