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Foursome

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  1,154 Ratings  ·  115 Reviews
Rebecca, Daniel, Alex and Isabel have been best friends since university. Rebecca married Daniel, Alex married Isabel and, for twenty years, they have been inseparable. But all that is about to change... When Alex walks out on Isabel, Rebecca thinks things can't get any worse. But then she finds out the reason why and she's left harbouring a secret she'd rather forget... A ...more
Paperback, 391 pages
Published February 17th 2010 by Penguin
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Amanda
Jan 20, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
Rebecca, Daniel. Alex, Isabel. Four best friends who met at university and end up married, having babies and living just streets away from each other. When Alex ends his marriage to Isabel, everything changes - and Rebecca is forced to acknowledge that life might never be the same again, especially when Alex gets together with Rebecca's hated colleague, Lorna.

Okay, here to start with is a comment on book covers. I'm used to my chick lit novels having pink or pastel or glittery covers. Foursome h
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Hristina Petrov
Such an entertaining book. I was hooked from the beginning, and I'm sure I would've finished it all in one sitting, if it wasn't for life getting in the way.
Chloe
Dec 08, 2009 Chloe rated it it was amazing
Rebecca and Daniel are happily married, and love their life together with their two children. They’ve known their best friends Alex and Isabel since they were at University and they’ve always done everything as a Foursome, from getting married to babies and even group holidays.

So when Alex leaves Isabel, it shatters their foursome once and for all and Rebecca isn’t happy. It’s made even more awkward when Alex makes a shocking confession to Rebecca, one of which might change the group dynamics fo
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Helena Wildsmith
Dec 19, 2016 Helena Wildsmith rated it really liked it
This book was surprisingly brilliant and I was hooked straight away. With a witty, intelligent storyline and realistic, lovable characters, Foursome is definitely a book I'd recommend to others. Perhaps just ignore the rather misleading front cover!
Fanficfan44
Feb 15, 2015 Fanficfan44 rated it it was ok
Foursome, despite the title, is NOT erotica. The foursome referred to is a group of friends, two couples, who have known each other and been the mainstay of each others social lives for many years. When one of the marriages breaks up (Alex and Isabel), it has far reaching consequences and causing Rebecca to reexamine whether she every really knew them or anyone for that matter. There is another storyline in the book which revolves around Rebecca’s job and her interactions with a co-worker, Lorna ...more
Sherri Keller
Jun 29, 2012 Sherri Keller rated it really liked it
I'm not usually a big fan of chick-lit, since most of it falls into "vagina celebration" territory, but I found this book to be quite entertaining.

Rebecca and Daniel, and Alex and Isabella were two couples who met in university. Their world is turned upside down when, after 20 years, Alex suddenly leaves Isabel and confesses his love for Rebecca. After Rebecca rejects him, Alex ends up dating Rebecca's workplace nemesis, Lorna.

While I enjoyed story itself, some of the office escapades really str
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Emma
Sep 20, 2012 Emma rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, reviewed
This is a story about fairly average people. Two couples, Rebecca and Dan and Isabel and Alex who have been best friends since uni. That is, until arrogant Alex leaves his wife, Isabel, craps all over his best mate, Dan, by telling said best mate's wife, Rebecca, that he's in love with her and the ensueing mess that follows.

All of the charcters are fairly dull, fairly average, but the author does have a way of picking up on the mundane aspects of people and their lives in a rather readable fash
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Kiran
Jul 23, 2011 Kiran rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
I think I actually enjoyed the small business 'office politics' more than the relationship saga. I found both male characters weakly portrayed and unlikeable.
Kate
Jan 04, 2017 Kate rated it liked it
I found this book quite tiresome- I kept plugging away hoping it would get better. I just couldn't decide whether I loved or hated the characters & it ended up irritating me.
Kristilyn
May 11, 2010 Kristilyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-book
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Lisa
Jan 05, 2011 Lisa rated it really liked it
I really liked this tale about four best friends suddenly finding their cosy little world has come to an end when one of the couples split up. Things take a turn for the worse when Alex who has left wife Isabel declares his long time love of Rebecca of the remaining couple. Rebecca is horrified, she loves her husband Dan and her best friend Isabel and has never thought of Alex 'like that!' Turning Alex down leads to more upheaval in her life when he takes it badly and starts dating her hated co ...more
Laura
Jun 01, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it
FOURSOME begins a while after Alex has walked out on Isabel, planting us right into the middle of the action as the drama between these once close friends unfolds. The story is told from the point of view of Rebecca and initially, I thought that she was a surprising choice as I would have expected it to be Isabel, now alone with two children after her husband had walked out on her. So to have the best friend taking the lead seemed a little strange to me, but it worked beautifully as it allowed b ...more
Laura
Sep 16, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
Shelves: three-star
I picked up this book purely because I was a fan of Fallon's first novel. Although this one doesn't quite live up to my high expectations when reading 'chick lit' it did have a few comical moments, with plenty of drama interwoven, as per the authors usual writing style.

The story follows four average, English people and their entwined lives. Although the characters do sometimes come across as a little boring, Fallon attempts to use their banal activities to encourage reader sympathy - those class
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Terry Tyler
Dec 11, 2013 Terry Tyler rated it liked it
When I started reading this book I was loving it, and thought, oh yes, this will definitely be one of those up-all-night, five star books, but then it just... wasn't.

I thought Rebecca was so real, and not because she was overweight, but partly because she admitted to feeling ill towards people, particularly her co-worker, Lorna - who was a terrific character. There were so many opportunities here, to make this book really darkly, horribly amusing, with the dreadful Lorna encroaching into every c
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Christina Rochester
Jan 07, 2015 Christina Rochester rated it really liked it
Its quite hard to say why I like this book. The fact that the start is very action packed, and therefore kicks our story off with a bang definitely helps. But to be honest it's something much more than that that I fell in love with. Instead I fell for the depth of the characters portrayed except Alex. I really despised Alex. I think perhaps my favourite character was actually Lorna, because although we're meant to hate her we end up sympathising with her too. She definitely grew on me. The other ...more
Priti
Jul 03, 2013 Priti rated it really liked it
I don’t remember how I tripped over this book, but it turned to be a real find. I started the book very indifferently, just to check if I would want to read it and I was hooked from the word go! It’s a story of the foursome, a group of two couples who have been best of friends for about twenty years or so, till one of them strays. This book details how the break up changes equations among the four, as well as the others who are connected to the foursome. This is also a story of self-discovery by ...more
Hsiau Wei
Dec 25, 2011 Hsiau Wei rated it it was amazing
This book tells the story of Rebecca, Dan, Alex and Isabel, who have been friends for a long time until one day, Alex decided to leave Isabel for no reason. And to make things worse, Alex confessed to Rebecca that he loves her all this while and want her to leave her marriage to Dan behind and be with him. When Rebecca refused him, he hooked up with Lorna, Rebecca's colleague who have been desperately looking for her Mr Right. This have make Rebecca's life difficult when she tried to juggle her ...more
Tiffany
Apr 26, 2012 Tiffany rated it liked it
It's just occurred to me as I was finishing this book this morning that I very rarely read books that are just about normal, every day life... This novel is probably one of the first that I have tackled in a long time. Though, tackled is probably not an accurate word for it, because I highly enjoyed this. I think that I can relate to Rebecca, who is controlling and has enjoyed the way her life has been for the past twenty years, revolving everything around her group of friends, two married coupl ...more
Diane
Mar 20, 2012 Diane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-books
I really liked this book a lot. Chicklit... check... British author and setting... check...bitchy and funny...check...

Alex has left his wife Isabel. They've been best friends since university with Dan and Rebecca. Their families have grown together. Isabel was shocked when Alex left but Alex told Rebecca a secret and she's had to keep it from everyone and it's a secret that could change everything and hurt people.

Rebecca works for a talent agency. The bane of her existence is her coworker Lorna
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Abi Holligan
Mar 04, 2010 Abi Holligan rated it it was ok
Foursome is the third book by Jane Fallon and is about four friends, who are two couples Rebecca and Dan, Isabel and Alex, they've known each other for over 20 years but when Alex unexpectedly walks out on Isabel and tells Rebecca that it's her he's always been in love with, everything starts to fall apart...

I was really looking forward to Foursome I had read the other two books by Jane Fallon and really enjoyed them, unfortunately I was quite dissapointed the book starts off with Alex confessin
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Shaunda
Dec 11, 2016 Shaunda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

Great read. I really liked this book and enjoyed the dynamic between Rebecca and Isabelle. The story was lighthearted, but fun and funny. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Dana
Sep 28, 2011 Dana rated it it was amazing
Pure delight, cheeky fun, British chick lit at its best. I could NOT put this one down. Isabelle and Alex, Rebecca & Alex, best friends for 20 years until Alex decides he doesn't want to be married anymore, because he is in love with Rebecca, not his wife Isabelle. Alex & Dan have been best buddies forever ("mates," as the Brits say. Meanwhile, Rebecca loves Dan, hates her office mate, is furious with Alex, and worries about Isabelle. You grow to love all the characters, except for the s ...more
Susan
Jul 20, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
An intelligent chick lit novel that I found hard to put down. For me the best scenes involved the office which did seem remarkably casual in many respects. I could identify with Rebecca's feelings in trying to deal with Lorna who was so skilled in passive-aggressive tactics - and I could understand Rebecca's keenness to see what she could achieve in Lorna's absence. Less hard to understand is why she felt the need in such an informal office to cover up the true reason for the absence. Well drawn ...more
Joelle Anthony
Dec 10, 2014 Joelle Anthony rated it really liked it
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Jo Barton
May 15, 2010 Jo Barton rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, having been somewhat disapointed in the hype surrounding her first two books.
This story focuses on two couples, Rebecca and Dan and Isabel and Alex, who have been friends since university days,they are now in their early 40's and have homes, children and jobs. The dynamics of this foursome is broken apart when Isabel and Alex split up,revealing a marriage with flaws and marked by infidelity.
The lead character Rebecca works in a literary agent's office and
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Nicole van der Elst
Jul 23, 2011 Nicole van der Elst rated it liked it
It's been a while since I've read Got you back and Getting rid of Matthew. But I had to read foursome because I liked the other ones so much. And Jane Fallon didn't disappoint me! I really liked the attention shift from a boyfriend/ husband in most chicklits to friendship. This can be just as valuable as any relationship.
The characters were likeable. Besides it was so recognizable to have someone you dislike so much even if you have to see that person every day. The only downside was the end, a
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Jacqueline
Jan 20, 2012 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
I was a bit concerned after reading some of the other reviews on here that this might be disappointing but I enjoyed it as much as I did Getting Rid of Matthew and The Ugly Sister. At about half way in I did rather wonder where it was all going, glad the end didn't spoil it.
I loved the description of Lorna and phone wars - I used to work with someone just like that and it brought it all back, so at times it was a stressful read, but anyone lucky enough not to have worked with a Lorna would enjoy
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Sammi
Oct 14, 2011 Sammi rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Such an easy and fun read.

The book is about two couples: Rebecca and Dan, Isabel and Alex. These two couples are both best friends and have been together for 20years when things change. Alex and Isabel break up, which causes a strain on the friendship nd Rebecca is forced to hold a secret she'd rather no nothing about.

This book had me laughing and feeling sorry for characters all at the same time. I thorougly enjoyed it and will definately look to read more books by the same autuor.

I loved every
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Grace
Dec 06, 2012 Grace rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books-read
I would actually rate this 3.5 stars.

When I first started to read this book it reminded me of the ordinary things that happen in everyday life. I thought to myself do I really want to read a book about ordinary things? The reason that it reminds me of everyday life is because I have worked with people like Lorna who make hard for anyone to be around them. In the end I'm glad I persevered because I found the book a really entertaining read. I often see reading as a bit of escapism from ordinary l
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Jess
Feb 27, 2013 Jess rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Unfortunate title aside, this was actually a fun read. The most interesting, dynamic, and poignant relationships in the book were between women. I thought Rebecca came off as a little too perfect sometimes (especially compared to at least one of the antagonists - Alex - if not Lorna as well), and the ending tied everything up a little too neatly, but after a slightly slow and didactic start, the office politics and friendship dynamics sucked me right in. I'd definitely seek out more by Jane Fall ...more
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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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