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Dorothy Koomson

Author of My Best Friend's Girl

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Works by Dorothy Koomson

My Best Friend's Girl (2006) 831 copies
Marshmallows for Breakfast (2007) 448 copies
The Ice Cream Girls (2010) 336 copies
Goodnight, Beautiful (2008) 294 copies
The Chocolate Run (2004) 214 copies
The Cupid Effect (2003) 184 copies
The Woman He Loved Before (2011) 168 copies
The Rose Petal Beach (2012) 124 copies
The Flavours of Love (2013) 77 copies
The Brighton Mermaid (2018) 64 copies
That Girl from Nowhere (2015) 59 copies
I Know What You've Done (2021) 51 copies
Doctor Who: The Day She Saved the Doctor (2018) — Contributor — 47 copies
Tell Me Your Secret (2019) 44 copies
When I Was Invisible (2016) 41 copies

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I haven't been reading a lot of fiction lately. But I won this book in a give-away and I have to say, I read it very quickly. I wouldn't put it at the top of my list for great books, on the other hand, it was a page turner and I was curious to know how it ended. It's a good beach read and it would probably make a good movie and/or an interesting book club book. Without giving anything away, it's about a married couple who ask a very close friend of the husband to have a baby for them. Part way through the pregnancy, the wife decides she doesn't want the baby anymore and the husband's friend, who is carrying the child, is left to fend for herself. You'll have to read it to find out how it ends.
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ellink | 13 other reviews | Jan 22, 2024 |
My Other Husband by Dorothy Koomson is a highly recommended thriller.

The novel opens with Cleo Forsum Pryce being charged with attempted murder but she is not guilty. Then chapters jump back in time to weeks earlier when she begins to take steps to ruin her life. These chapters alternate with chapters set in 1996 when she was a student and best friends with Trina. Weeks before the charge, Cleo is divorcing her husband. and is going to end the successful TV series 'The Baking Detective' based on her book. She is sabotaging her own life before her past secrets catch up with her. Now people around her are starting to get hurt and someone is trying to frame her for murder.

The alternating chapters work well to contrast Cleo then and now. She was fun, happy, and carefree and now is obviously carrying a heavy burden. The characters are fully realized and resemble real people, even the antagonists. It is revealed why Cleo is sabotaging her life through the look into her past.

However, the novel does have a a very slow pace after the attention-grabbing opening and doesn't really pick up until after the half-way point. The second half is intense, full of plot twists and suspense. It is a story about obsession, but is also full of murders and revenge. The final denouement is very satisfying. All in all, My Other Husband is a very good thriller but the slow pacing in the first half lessened my enjoyment.
Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of the Hatchette Book Group via NetGalley.
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SheTreadsSoftly | Aug 18, 2023 |
I was truly engrossed in this book, the different narrator's did a great job and had me gripped from start to finish.
As I had already read The Ice Cream Girls I did know some of the characters already but anyone who hasn't read her previous book can easily read this as a stand alone book.
I have already mentioned to a friend about this book and shall most certainly recommend to many more.
TheReadingShed01 | 1 other review | Feb 25, 2023 |
“Have you heard the story of the rose petal beach?”

Dorothy Koomson-"The Rose Petal beach".

This is the kind of enthralling book that can put you into a trance. It is also how I discovered Dorothy Koomson who is a wonderful writer.

This is the type of book that seems to come from another century. Everything about it is ethreal..even when dealing with some pretty heavy subject matter.

Tami is stunned when one night the police come calling. It turns out they are there to arrest her husband Scott. He is accused of a terrible crime which Tami knows he could not have possibly committed..until she discovers who his accuser is. Then Tami's world is thrown into chaos as she does not know who to trust.


I have read many a Koomson book. Her works are always magnificent but this maybe her masterpiece.

This book is really about love..and trust..and it is about the legend of the Rose Petal Beach.

Have you heard of it? The mystical Rose Petal beach..where is it? And what role does it play in this book?

So I am not going to post any spoilers. I remember once, during the time I when I had just finished reading this, my mom asked me what I was reading or had read lately. I told her about this book and started going into details. Her eyes got that look that I am sure mine had while reading this.
Like something beautiful and rare was being discussed.

I would encourage anyone to read this book. It is absolutely luminous and the story will enthrall you and pull you in. You too will be beguiled by The Rose Petal Beach...

The "Rose Petal Beach"..both the book and the beach itself have stayed with me. I am happy to give this five stars and I'd give it even more if I could.
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Thebeautifulsea | 8 other reviews | Aug 4, 2022 |



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