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SkeletonsLy what she got For years everything was perfect But then Jen sees something that she was never meant to see unearths a secr. British author Jane Fallon's fifth novel Skeletons exposes the myth of a happy family by revealing the explosive secrets and lies they keep from one anotherAfter Jen Masterson covertly observes an intimate argument between her father in law Charles and a young woman outside of his office she becomes convinced he is having an affair Jen would rather pretend she saw nothing at all but horrified at the threat to the happy family she adores she decides to confront the stranger completely unprepared for the shocking secret she will uncover Now Jen knows the truth a secret she can't share with her husband of twenty years Jason nor her best friend Poppy who also happens to be her sister in law but for how long can she pretend nothing is wrong For how long can she live a lieJen is caught on the horns of a dilemma her aim is to protect the family she has made her own but keeping this enormous secret is a burden she finds impossible to bear Fallon shares Jen's circular debate about the issue until she is paralysed by indecision I lost patience with Jen at times even though I could sympathise with her uandary there is an element of self absorption in the way in which Jen handled the entire affair no matter how often she claimed otherwise which is underscored by her relationship with her own parentsGenerally I thought Skeletons to be well written with confident prose and dialogue though I did feel the pace dragged somewhat in the middle The ending is a little surprising but I think it also wholly appropriate Trust is a crucial element of any relationship after all and it was brutally severed in the aftermath of the secret being revealed I found Skeletons to be a satisfying read exploring a thought provoking moral dilemma which I think would particularly provide interesting fodder for book club discussion

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Skeletons Download È 104 ☆ ✵ [BOOKS] ⚦ Skeletons By Jane Fallon ✿ – All Jen had ever wanted was a big happy family And when she married Jason and became part of the Masterson clan that's exactly what she got For years everything was perfect But then Jen sees something All Jen had ever wanted was a big happyEt she was never supposed to discover If she tells then her idyllic life might be over But can she really keep it to herself. Jen has been married to her husband Jason for over twenty years and they’ve just seen off the second of their two daughters to university leaving her with a bit of an empty nest syndrome As a family unit they worked but Jen finds that with her and Jason on their own life isn’t exactly as she expected it would be She feels a bit empty lost without anyone to look after and she and Jason don’t really seem to be connecting The bright spots are visiting Jason’s parents at their large country house – for Jen who grew up with only a mother in her family Jason’s larger colourful family are amazing She loves them all and loves being a part of their closely knit clanBut then Jen discovers a secret about someone – by accident She’s not sure what to do with the information She could tell Jason but in doing so she would destroy his view of someone and uite possibly her marriage as well as someone else’s But keeping this secret to herself is proving to be difficult than Jen imagined It’s festering away inside her head longing to come out even though she knows the damage it would do would be irreparable Jen doesn’t want to risk being cast out by Jason’s family either She’s been a part of it for over twenty years and to be put out now would be unthinkableBut if Jen doesn’t spill the secret someone else threatens to And that could be even catastrophic than if Jen were to do it She has to make a decision and uickly because secrets have a way of coming out no matter whatSkeletons is the fifth novel of English telelvision producer Jane Fallon who has worked on shows such as This Life which was one of my absolutely favourite shows as a teenager It only ran for a couple of seasons but it was a punchy kind of show about a bunch of twenty something lawyers sharing a large house in London It probably helped launch the careers of Jack Davenport now best known for his roles in the Pirates of the Carribean movies and the TV shows Flash Forward and Smash and Andrew Lincoln who has also appeared in the movie Love Actually and now stars in the cult hit The Walking Dead Jason Hughes also appeared in the first season and then went on to become DCI Barnaby’s sidekick in later episodes of Midsomer Murders so This Life even 20 years later has held up casting wise I haven’t read any of Jane Fallon’s previous novels but I’ve heard some good things about Foursome so I was very excited to read thisJen’s father walked out when she was 8 leaving her with just her mother She longed for of a family and when she met Jason and his incredibly closeknit family she was overjoyed to become part of it They uickly married and had two young daughters further cementing her within the clan She soon preferred spending time with Jason’s family rather than her mother and became best friend’s with Jason’s sister Poppy For Jen life is perfect until her two daughters leave home for university leaving her restless with Jason When she discovers a shocking secret about someone she cares deeply about a secret that would ruin her family she becomes torn about what she should doJen as a character drove me nuts She did so many things that made the situation worse she festered on it allowed herself to become obsessed by it she made it personal by applying it to her own situation and in a way making it all about herbut yet did nothing about it until she couldn’t keep it in any and spewed it out at possibly the most inappropriate time When she was blackmailed I don’t know why she didn’t just go to the relevant person and say something like “Look I know your secret I’m being told to tell or else sort it out” Or maybe she should’ve just told her husband in the very first place if she was so concerned about his feelings Instead I had to read through a lot of pages of Jen swinging back and forth and agonising over what to do constantly allowing it to affect her work She spends a lot of time waxing lyrical about how she can’t look people in the eye and trying to get out of events and picking fights It becomes a bit tiresome to be honest because it makes this book feel about 100 pages longer than it should beHowever what rescued this novel for me was Jen’s decision at the end of the book When she realises that some things she’s always seen as wonderful and desirable are in fact not really and that maybe what she longed for all these years wasn’t worth actually longing for in that way It felt to me much realistic in terms of an ending than the other possibility that the author poses which would’ve left me with a really sour feeling about this book I appreciated Jen’s evolving feelings about her situation and the way she decided what she needed to do and who she wanted It made me wonder what I would do in Jen’s situation – I like to think I’d tell my husband even if I knew it would upset him because keeping secrets from him is not something I’d be comfortable with and even though the messenger inevitably gets shot I’d rather get shot straight away and have the chance of them realising that anger is misplaced than be shot for knowing and not telling and giving them a much genuine reason to be resentfulSkeletons is an interesting look at different family dynamics and the whole ‘grass is greener’ feeling I had some issues with it and it did feel longer than it needed to be but overall it was certainly an interesting exploration of relationships and secrets within a marriage and what people decide to do with information relative to how it affects them

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All Jen had ever wanted was a big happy family And when she married Jason and became part of the Masterson clan that's exact. Review originally posted to my blog I talk to people who don't often read the genre many define as chick lit there's one author that stands out from the crowd and that's Jane Fallon Even the most crime obsessed amongst my friends has read at least one of her books and when I mention I like women's fiction she comes highly recommended So when I had the opportunity to read her new novel early my interest was instantly piued as I was keen to discover if this author is truly is amazing as everyone tells me she is Perhaps it was my high expectations her books have made non chick lit readers gush after all but I was extremely disappointed by Skeletons The story was perspicuous and predictable and the characters were insipid I found it difficult to connect to any of them even main character Jen wasn't relatable or even remotely likeable I understand that just as in life you can't like everyone but feeling at least some sort of interest in what would happen to them next is very helpful in a novel otherwise it becomes a struggle to finish it at allMy main issue lay with the fact that the characters' relationships faltered on the unrealistic for me It seemed unconceivable for instance that Jen had shared years of her life and secrets with best friend Poppy only to be shunned completely and seemingly forever when she was simply the messenger of some very bad news Add to that Jen's whining and self absorbed tendencies as well as her spineless husband and I simply stopped caring about the book's conclusion While the novel was just about enjoyable enough for me to continue reading until the end the journey there was amateurishly put together I saw every twist and turn coming from miles away and instantly forgettable afterwards even a mere week after finishing it I'm struggling writing this review as the story and characters have blended together with so many similar novels in my memoryThis would have been an adeuate debut novel from a writer venturing into the genre for the first time but from an apparent master of storytelling such as Jane Fallon I expected much