This review is written with thanks to Michael Joseph, an imprint of Penguin UK, and Netgalley for my copy of My Sweet Revenge.
Paula knows that her husband, Robert, is cheating on her. Before she leaves him, she wants him to remember why he fell in love with her, so that when she leaves, he will care. Together with Josh, the husband of her husband's lover, she hatches a plan for revenge. Will she get the revenge she craves?
Robert is an actor in a popular television series, as is his lover, Saskia. Having produced several television shows herself (including tw0 of my favourites. This Life and Teachers), Fallon has in depth knowledge of the television industry, which she is able to use in this novel. This allows her to give the reader a realistic insight into the lives of the characters throughout the novel. However, despite my insight into the character's lives, I found it very difficult to connect emotionally with them, particularly Paula and Saskia, who I felt were cold and irritating.
This impression was increased by the narration, as Fallon uses first person narration to tell the story, alternately between Paula and Saskia. Although the narration did not help me warm to the characters, I enjoyed the way it exposed each character's lies. In the second half of the novel in particular, this allows Fallon to weave in several twists, which did engage me more as the novel progressed, after a slow start.
Last year, I reviewed Got You Back, one of Fallon's earlier novels, and commented then that Fallon's background in television means that some of her ideas are more suited to this medium and do not translate as well as they might to literature. I feel that the same issue arises here, as there are some aspects of My Sweet Revenge that may generate more suspense on a screen.
My Sweet Revenge is released tomorrow (12th January) and is available from Amazon.