This book has only just been released in Australia and I secured my copy courtesy of the book’s publisher. (Thank you textpublishing!). I have to admit that at first I was unsure what to expect. The cover of this book is quite provocative and I was expecting some sort of chick-lit romance with a bit of R-rated frolicking on the side. To steel myself I decided to do some research about Jordan before reading this book and I found myself cruising through the pages of The Age, reading some of her columns and actually really enjoying them. A good sign for the book awaiting my attention!
So, I read Fall Girl. I lie… I devoured it. Sat up until the wee hours to finish it with matchsticks holding my eye lids open, ensuring that I didn’t miss one minute of the action. And, there was plenty of action! Not the type that I was initially expecting, rather, this book was filled with intrigue, deception and cunning. It was the most insightful account of the surfaces of the shallow underworld of con artists that I think I have ever read and I loved it.
There were the requisite twists which threw me totally and apart from the fact that I found the ending of this novel somewhat cliched and vaguely unsatisfying, I was so thrilled by the whole narrative and writing style that I totally overlooked those disappointments and am instead left savoring this wonderful view of a very different kind of family and the ties that bind them to each other.
So, just in case I haven’t made myself clear, I loved this book and if you want a fabulous weekend read that is not too serious but superbly crafted, I cannot recommend Fall Girl enough.