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3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  580 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
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 that she was never meant to see; unearths a secret she was never supposed to discover. If she tells, then her idyllic life might be over. But can she really keep it to ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 27th 2014 by Penguin (first published March 26th 2014)
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Mar 13, 2014 Zarina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted to my blog:

Whenever 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 piqued as I was keen to dis
Cleo Bannister
Mar 26, 2014 Cleo Bannister rated it really liked it
There is nothing I enjoy more than a book about secrets, especially those that are meant to stay a secret. Jen had grown up in a claustrophobic relationship with just her mother, so when she met Jason, his parents and his two sisters she falls in love with this lively family, perhaps as much as she did him.

Years later soon after the second of their two daughters, Emily leaves home for university Jen sees something across a street that she wishes she hadn’t. Jen has no-one to share what she has s
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

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 another.

After 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 un
May 22, 2014 M rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, where to start? The bland, rudderless main character? The hellishly bourgeois family? The lack of plot? The constant exposition? The pointless descriptions? (My personal favourite was the one about a notepad, which Fallon describes as 'the kind where you tear off each page'. What other kinds of notepads are there?!?) This book has no soul, and felt like it was purely written for £££ rather than any kind of creative reason. I wish I had never bought it; it's an insult to readers. Avoid.
Jill Dickinson
May 07, 2014 Jill Dickinson rated it liked it
I'm not a fan of chick lit, but needed a second book in a "buy one get one half price" deal and grabbed this one in a hurry. Despite a very predictable storyline (you can see each twist coming a mile off) and some cringeworthy attempts at humour in the prose, this novel is saved by the fact that the plot is fairly interesting and the characters well drawn. I cared enough about the central character, Jen, to want to read to the end. A good beach book, I'd say, but not memorable.
Nov 04, 2014 Dawn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: lovers of contemporary womens fiction
Recommended to Dawn by: Penguin
I recently won a signed copy of Getting Rid of Matthew in a competition on twitter. What nostalgia, it brought back happy memories. I just love all her books — she has the fantastic ability to bring to life, ‘real life!' It’s a little like voyeurism looking into the lives of people who could, very easily be my own family or friends.

When I heard she was bringing out her fifth book Skeletons in March of this year I literally couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I was on the list for a proof copy t
The reason I wanted to read Skeletons by Jane Fallon is because I am have read and enjoyed reading Foursome by Jane Fallon.

I have always wanted to read her other books Getting Rid Of Matthew, Got You Back, and The Ugly Sister, but I have not round to buying them,.

I loved reading Skeletons from start to finish because Jane Fallon is so good at making a story full of situations that you can believe in. Jane knows how to keeps the reader wondering what is going to happen next.

Jane makes all her
Aug 08, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it
What may seem perfect on the outside and appealing has it's flaws which then make it unacceptable
Was a good read
Anji Armstrong
Feb 18, 2015 Anji Armstrong rated it it was ok
I thought it was hard to get in to. But was a light summer read. Another story where the main character over reacts to something and drags it on a bit.
Sandra de koning-vd pol
Geweldig geschreven in een blijvend verassend.
Steph Dinning
Nov 05, 2016 Steph Dinning rated it it was amazing
I've had this book waiting for ages and I really should have read it long ago,it's a brilliant really easy read.
It starts off slow enough and you kinda get an idea what the secret will be so that's not really a surprise.
My emotions for Jen changed throughout the book,I liked her in the beginning but as the story developed and she continued to keep the secret I started to dislike her. I understand she kept it a secret so as not to hurt her in law family but she was feeling so much guilt that she
Bree T
Apr 28, 2014 Bree T rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, family-saga
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 ...more
Mar 31, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
Jen has an ordinary life but a good one. It’s the life she always wanted and it fits her and her needs. Married for twenty years to Jason, two daughters, a house in an acceptable part of London, a respectable job in a hotel, Sunday’s with the in-laws she adores and the occasional visit to her mum, Jen doesn’t want or need more. This is happy.
The best part of Jen’s life is family. Her in laws provide the family and support she has never had...until she sees something which cannot be unseen or cha
Feb 17, 2016 CK rated it liked it
To be quite honest I'm not even sure how I would review this book, not necessarily because I didn't like it but simply because when I started it I wanted something that was a bit light, sort of chick-litty (is that a word?). I picked this up because I have read one of Jane Fallon's previous books titled "Getting Rid of Matthew" which I liked, so I suppose that was another reason behind why I chose it. I have to agree with a few other reviews that some of the characters and the way the story was ...more
Apr 21, 2014 Anne rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
This seems to be my week for saying “I haven’t picked up a book by (insert name) in ages”, but here’s another! I remember reading and really enjoying Jane Fallon’s first book Getting Rid of Matthew. Her latest, Skeletons, published on 27 March by Penguin (available in paperback and for Kindle), is her fifth - so I have a little catching up to do.

Jen’s relationship with her mother leaves a lot to be desired, and she loves being part of husband Jason’s large and chaotic family with the Sunday dinn
Anne Mackle
Mar 27, 2014 Anne Mackle rated it really liked it
Today is publication day for Jane Fallon's new novel. I have read a few of her books and always enjoyed them.
Jen's father walked out of her life when she was young and she has never forgiven her mother. An only child of only children Jen has always craved the perfect family and she found it when she married Jason and adopted his family and all their traditions. Life is good until her two children leave home and she wonders if cracks are beginning to appear in her marriage.
Jen witnesses somethin
Pat Edgar
Apr 27, 2015 Pat Edgar rated it really liked it
What would you do if you discovered a family secret that would destroy everything you treasured if it were revealed? That is the dilemma facing Jen.

Jen, an only child of a single parent, marries into a warm, caring family that provides her with everything her own childhood lacked - loving parents that are happily married, a best friend in her sister in law and an extended family that is perfect or so she thought. When Jen discovered a shocking secret about her father in law she must decide whet
Emily Upton
May 09, 2014 Emily Upton rated it really liked it
This is the first book by Jane Fallon that I have read and I have to say I am quite impressed. I have recently read "The Husband's Secret" by Liane Moriarty, which is what drew me to this book as the idea of secrets was still fresh in my mind.

The title "skeletons" seemed perfectly fitting, with several double meanings for this tale. I empathised with the main character, Jen and found myself continually asking myself "what would I do?" I was on an emotional journey through the book as I felt the
Oct 24, 2014 Nicki rated it liked it
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May 04, 2014 Lisa rated it really liked it
i really enjoyed this book. this is my first Jane Fallon book and i was not disappointed.
Jen has been married to Jason for 22 years. she had a less than perfect upbringing and was in awe of Jason's family and their closeness.
THEN she discovers a secret and the her whole illusion of this family changes.
whilst i dont understand why Jen didnt approach Charles to discuss "the secret" rather than implode and take it on herself to keep the secret. i abhorred the families reaction to Jen's outburst.
Rose McClelland
Feb 13, 2016 Rose McClelland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ruth Bogan
Shelves: jane-fallon
I think Jane Fallon is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors. A second book of hers that I have adored.

The story moves along effortlessly and is an absolute page-turner. It does take a while for the "secret" to be discovered and then the story moves with rattling speed. There are a few interesting twists and turns along the way.

The main character could be slightly melodramatic but I still warmed to her and rooted for her the whole way through.

I was also pleasantly surprised to read tha
Barbara Elsborg
Apr 29, 2014 Barbara Elsborg rated it it was ok
I've read all her others and liked them well enough but was disappointed in this one. It was just too predictable - the big secret was so obvious. I felt it insulted my intelligence to think that she'd jump to that conclusion when the alternative - that WAS the truth - was so obvious. I DID like the sort of tangled problems that lies can generate that gave the book a cringe factor - and I mean that in a good way. You can see the crash coming, know she's not thinking this out properly and you ...more
Jun 09, 2016 Sam rated it liked it
Possible sort of spoiler

I like Jane Fallon's writing and I liked this book, but I didn't love it. I feel it sagged in the middle and the explosive revelation I was hoping for seemed rather quiet. I think the revelation should have been done in front of the whole family for full dramatic effect. However, although I got bored and took a break from it around the middle, I'm glad I finished it. It's not a bad book, and I will certainly read more by Jane Fallon. I preferred Got You Back and plan to r
May 28, 2014 Della rated it really liked it
You can always rely on Jane to do a good story and her latest is no exception. The main character is slightly annoying in her ditheriness but she has to be to get the story to where it has to be so stick with her. My only complaint is the title/cover, because it's called Skeletons and the size 0 model on the front needs a good meal I thought it was going to be a secret around eating disorders, its not!
Rachel Young
Apr 18, 2014 Rachel Young rated it it was amazing
This book had me lost in the rather complicated world of the masterson family. Lies, secrets, love, lust and families this book has it all. Above all else though, this book is written buy a comedy genius. Dark humour and very witty I laughed out loud often. For anyone thinking this book is going to be your standard chick couldn't be more wrong. Its so so much more than that. Read and be prepared to contemplate your own life xx
May 30, 2016 Angela rated it really liked it
Liked the story a lot. It started off in generic chick lit fashion and turned out to be quite interesting. The characters were good and memorable and all had a real presence to them, with the exception of Elaine and Rory. The family that Jen married into sounds great and the good times lasted for decades. It was very surprising by the way things turned out and I think it all worked out for the best rather than forcing a reconciliation that couldn't have benefitted anyone.
Oct 02, 2014 Jill rated it liked it
The consequences of being an 'in law' with a secret that could blow the family apart. The family seems to be so happy, so 'together'. If the consequence of unveiling the secret is ostracisation, which way should she go? The consequences of keeping it are pretty miserable too.
Then again, is remaining part of this family really worth it??
Emma Codd
May 15, 2014 Emma Codd rated it it was ok
Take a look at my review on NZ Booklovers:

'In her latest novel Skeletons, British author Jane Fallon highlights a subject that we can all relate to: secrets. She explores the far-reaching impact they have, as much on the lives of those who know them as those who don’t, and begs the question “is it really better to know?” '
May 03, 2014 Jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book.
Read previous Jane Fallon 'Getting Rid of Matthew' & enjoyed it a lot.
Saw lots of great reviews of 'Skeletons' so picked a copy up wasn't disappointed.
Story based on Jen, Jason & their family & a huge secret that Jen stumbles upon & doesn't know quite how to deal with.
Had me hooked!
Oh & as a bonus I met Jane on World Book night she signed my copy!!
Dec 18, 2014 Teena rated it liked it
Jen belongs to the perfect family - her husband's! She loves her mother in law and father in law and one of her sisters in law is her best friend. It makes up for her own sad upbringing with an absent father. But then something happens and the happy bubble bursts. This modern saga deals with the issues of trust and love in a changing society.
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Jane Fallon is an English producer and novelist, most famous for her work on popular series Teachers, 20 Things To Do Before You're 30, Eastenders and This Life. She has also written two successful novels.

Fallon has been in a relationship with popular comedian Ricky Gervais since 1982, after they met while studying together at the University College London. The couple has lived together since 1984
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