She glanced at her phone again. There were appeals from the girls, from her colleagues, a text from Steve reading, with uncharacteristic imperiousness, 'Call me.' She couldn't. She couldn't call anyone....
She leaned forward, gripping the edge of the bench, and stared at the ground. God, she thought, am I losing my mind? Is this what happens when you lose your job?
The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or, at least, the only life she'd ever known. For who was she if not a City high-flyer, Senior Partner at one of the top private equity firms in London?
As Stacey starts to reconcile her old life with the new - one without professional achievements or meetings but instead long days at home with her dog and ailing mother, waiting for her successful husband to come home - she at least has The Girls to fall back on. Beth, Melissa and Gaby. The Girls, now women, had been best friends from the early days of university right through their working lives, and for all the happiness and heartbreaks in between.
But these career women all have personal problems of their own, and when Stacey's redundancy forces a betrayal to emerge that was supposed to remain secret, their long cherished friendships will be pushed to their limits....
©2017 Joanna Trollope (P)2017 Macmillan Digital Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By Liz on 27-02-17

A bit of a disappointment

I had eagerly awaited the release of Joanna Trollope's latest audiobook, but sadly and unusually, it was a bit of a let down.

Whilst this story was well-narrated and the main four characters easily identifiable, it didn't really go anywhere.

Joanna Trollope books usually fall into the 'unputdownable' category for me, but I just didn't feel I'd lived the story with the characters or that there was a start, middle or (satisfactory) end.

Emotions seemed muted, scenarios felt predictable and conclusions never happened.

Sorry. I hate to give bad reviews but I hope this gives guidance for potential purchasers of the audiobook.

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2 out of 5 stars
By julie on 03-03-17

Very Dull

Would you try another book written by Joanna Trollope or narrated by Adjoa Andoh?

I have read and listened to other Joanna Trollop books and some have been very good, The Best of Friend, The Men and the Girls to name two. I will probably try again in the future. I am not sure if the narrator was to blame, or if this book was just not suited to audible content, there are four friends with four accents and the narrator simply did not get the voices right, Beth was particularly appalling, there is also boring descriptions, people getting ready for bed, painting toe nails etc, all OK it you are reading it yourself, you can speed up, but with a narrator it is simply painfully slow.

This is the first time that I have given up without finishing an audible book, there was no terrible secret, nothing worthwhile to either break or bond the women, just dreary everyday stuff.

What will your next listen be?

John Fairfax - Summary Justice

What didn’t you like about Adjoa Andoh’s performance?

I really didn't like her Scottish, Welsh and American accents, really poor. Other than that her reading was fine, I think it was just a boring book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Nothing but frustration at such an empty plot.

Any additional comments?

I would say just don't bother with it, not when there are millions of brilliant books out there.

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2 out of 5 stars
By BookCollector on 16-02-18

Mundane and bland

Well executed performance . However the story is so boring. I like slow moving, mood or artsy novels, but this is just ordinary, and I found it difficult to get through the story. I gave it a chance until chapter 10, but the only redeeming feature was the narrator's interpretation of the characters.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Beach Girl on 15-12-17


I'm not sure if this book is just not very good or if the narration adds to the tedious nature. It took me forever to become interested in any of the characters, but now that I am about 2/3 finished listening, I find that none of them are very interesting and the dialogue is just awful. The attention to minutia is just unparalleled. The whole scenario over Melissa and her son and his dating a 13 year old - OMG - it just went on and on. It kind of killed any further interest I may have had. t's just painful to listen to at this point. I love Joanna Trollope, but this is not one of her better efforts.

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