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Alison James is an assistant professor of French literature at the University of Chicago.


Obres de Alison James

Lola is Missing (2018) 41 exemplars
The Man She Married (2020) 32 exemplars
The New Couple (2022) 22 exemplars
Now She's Gone (2018) 15 exemplars
Maple and Rosemary (2023) 14 exemplars
The School Friend (2019) 12 exemplars
Perfect Girls (2018) 8 exemplars
The Guilty Wife (2021) 5 exemplars


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I very much enjoyed this twisty unputdownable novel. Juliette and Hugh seem to have the perfect life in a beautiful manor until one evening during a dinner party a long lost cousin of Hughs named Alexis shows up at their doorstep with a large silver suitcase. Juliette is a bit put out when Hugh offers her a room to stay in at the manor, but she is polite and accommodates this surprise guest for what she thinks will only be a couple of nights. But when Alexis's stays stretches on into weeks she becomes alarmed. Who is this long lost cousin and what does she really want? The story is told from four of the main characters points of view which is a lot of fun to read what all the characters are really thinking about each other. Very tricky. Highly recommended with lots of plot twists and surprises. Thank you to Net Galley for the opportunity to read/listen to this advanced copy.… (més)
erinclark | Oct 30, 2023 |
Evokes The Giving Tree. It appears that Rosemary spends only a few months with Maple before disappearing. And what happened to the growing maples?
geraldinefm | Jun 25, 2023 |

This features Hattie, who bonds with a group of other commuters during a delay to their journey home one night. They become friends and save each other seats and socialize together. Hattie is temping; Julian is a barrister; Casper works for an art auction house; Carmen is a university administrator; Bridget is a civil servant; and Lewis is cagey about what he does. Then one evening, during the journey, Julian dies and it turns out he was poisoned.

This was a fast fun read, although it was also a bit bonkers. Hattie spent the entire book drunk or hung over, and Bridget's character made no sense at all, which was a huge red flag/clue. Casper was so obviously up to no good and very controlling of Hattie, but on the strength of some drunken sex she can't really remember, she decides she is in love with him and is ready to emigrate to Mexico with him. I worked out that Bridget was Casper's accomplice before we even knew Casper was Neil, and I never for one moment believed Hattie had taken the real painting to Mexico with her. Were we supposed to feel sympathy for Neil at the end? I found Hattie so clueless and endlessly self-destructive that I was surprised she got he job with Saints and Sinners. I think Lewis can do better.… (més)
pgchuis | May 27, 2023 |
The cover is eye catching. I had a lot of fun reading this. It was well-written - never a dull moment, lots of suspense, and it was good to get a few different POV's to understand this new couple who won a dream home in the prestigious Sycamore Gardens. I didn't want to set it down but when I had to I could not wait to get back into it. This is my first read by Alison James but I will definitely check out more from this author.

Thank you to Netgalley and Bookouture for an ARC.
jenn88 | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Dec 31, 2022 |


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