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Telling Stories

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The Secret History meets The Life and Loves of a She-Devil in a gripping thriller that subverts chick lit clichés in a trail of blood and jealousy.

Friendship, freedom, booze, and student loans: the glory days of student life. For Liz, Cora, Mike, and Stevie, students at Cardiff, their circle was a surrogate family, bound together for three years in total trust. Post-gradua
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Cutting Edge Press (first published February 22nd 2012)
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This was my first venture for quite some time into buying a cheap Kindle book (it's £1.53 here, should you be interested). I haven't had much success with this kind of thing in the past, having read (well, tried to read) something that was so catastrophically, laughably bad that it nearly put me off for life. Thankfully, Telling Stories was a much better experience.

I found this book by browsing the books and authors previously included in Amazon's Rising Stars, but it was the description that re
Tim Vicary
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent debut novel. Bev Jones has worked as a journalist in the South Wales area and she uses the background and her experience to full effect. The story starts with a group of young students at Cardiff university, all apparently good friends, but right from the start there is a sense of something slightly out of joint, not quite right between them, and this sense of menace grows steadily until by the middle of the book we are in the middle of what appears to be a serious crime tha ...more
Dr Bob
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Once I started reading this book I really rattled through it. It's atmospherically written and I really liked the central character of Lizzy who is certainly the most original female character I've seen in while. You start off trusting her but as the story unfolds and Jenny appears cracks start to appear and we begin to see how Lizzy is manipulating the story in different ways.Perhaps this is not surprising as she is a tabloid journalist - and even warns the reader that she tells stories for a l ...more
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was pretty awful... Terrible writing. Dialogue ridiculous. Plot absurd.
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must buy, a compelling crime novel and chillingly dark read!

If you are looking for something refreshingly original, that will keep you hooked, turning page after page, this is it.

Telling Stories is a compelling crime novel woven within a chillingly dark study of the relationships between four seemingly close 'best' friends.
Lizzy, Cora, Mike and Stevie meet at university and form friendships they tell themselves will last forever, that is until beautiful Jenny appears one night an
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I can see the parallels between this and Tartt's 'The Secret History,' but this is, naturally, a poor relation of the other. I wish that comparisons like this didn't exist sometimes; maybe I would enjoy the book better without the constant comparison.

That said, I did enjoy this book. It's always a little risky to buy very cheap ebooks from Amazon by unknown authors, but this was enjoyable. Not monumental, but a good read. The suspense was successfully managed by Jones and it was something of a
Anne Ullah
Apr 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Usually when I finish reading a book I am able to move seamlessly on to the next one. However, when I finished reading Telling Stories I found my nerves were so jangled I couldn't even think about what to read next. This is a tale of close and complex relationships which drew me in and slowly infused in me a sense of unease. A sense of things left unsaid. I was utterly gripped and became more and more so as the unexpected truth slowly began to be revealed. A brilliantly paced read which I could ...more
Aug 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
All a bit Mary Sue for my liking. Also massively predictable... and when I - who don't tend to notice a literary brick wall until I've slammed right into it - say that, you know you've got a plot problem!

That said, if you enjoy lightweight Mary Sue chick lit, it's very readable. Which is genuinely meant as more of a compliment than it possibly sounds! Not my thing. Not by a long shot. But flows smoothly, and would probably make good holiday reading if you're looking for something lightweight to
Babus Ahmed
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cora and Lizzy have been friends since they met at university, along with Cora's boyfriend and his friend they made up a group of four friends who stayed close. When one night they meet Jenny at a nightclub things between them start to unravel

An electrifying read about a group of friends and the sinister secrets they hide.

This reasonably fast paced mystery. An absolutely stunning debut novel.
Khaled Talib
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A highly intelligent, richly written novel that takes the reader on a chilling labyrinth of fear and doubt. This is a Not To Be Missed mystery thriller, and the one that should be talked about - if you are not telling stories yourself.
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I'm a former journalist who worked for The Western Mail newspaper and BBC Wales Today in Cardiff before becoming a press officer for the police.

My latest novel 'Where She Went' is a dark psychological thriller with a supernatural twist and is due to be published by LittleBrown (Hachette) in March 2017 under the name BE Jones.

I have three other published novels, all psychological thrillers with a