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The Secret Shopper's Revenge (Secret Shopper #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  868 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
New mum Emily wants revenge on the stick-thin assistants who laugh at her post-baby tummy and post-baby budget. But frumpiness has its advantages when you're wielding a secret camera - and sending the damning footage straight to head office. Store manager Sandie has a lifelong love of the world of retail - the glitz, the glamour, the stockroom. Then she's fitted up by an a ...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published 2008 by Orion
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Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
This was a very satisfying, easy to read chick-lit.

The story flowed very well and the characters were passionate and relatable.

Secret Shopping was a fun thing to about and I'm sure I'll now inspect and judge shops (and the staff) differently from now on.

The best part of this book was the end, even if I think it's a shame that the three women are no longer working together. It all wrapped up pretty well and I even gave a little cheer for Emily at the end.

Emily was my favourite character to read,
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Leah
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2011
Kate Harrison isn’t a new author for me, I’ve previously attempted to read a few of her other novels, but I’ve never managed to get past the first chapters, not for any particular reason, just because I always put them down and picked up something else. However I’ve had The Secret Shopper’s Revenge sitting on my shelf for quite a while now and, for lack of anything else to read, I decided to give it a whirl particularly since the third book in the series is out next month. I’m so pleased I read ...more
Annabel Krantz
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am not one of those people who looks down on chick lit as low-brow, second rate literature. I recognise that an easy read about women who face the same dramas as many of us do in everyday life can be relaxing after a hard day at the office, when picking up a 400-page book about a Russian espionage scandal seems a little too hard.

This book (and the two sequels, Secret Shopper Unwrapped and Secret Shopper Affair) is a perfect example of chick lit. Kate Harrison, once a former secret shopper hers
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Shona
Feb 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who has ever been mystery shopped


Having worked in a supermarket and been subjected to mystery shoppers before I thought why not read this book and see what it would be like to be a mystery shopper.

Teh story features around three woman. Emily a new mother who joins the secret shoppers to allow her to stay in London instead of returning to the country to be the country bumpkin she ran away from. There is also Sandie. Someone who was sakced from her dream job and who had to get a job to survive, and Grazia the woman who recruits
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Carrie
Apr 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: chick-lit fans
I can't help judging a book by it's cover sometimes; the pretty pink and black cover of this book stood out in the library and tempted me to pick it up. It isn't any of the covers displayed here; if it had been I might never have read about Emily's, Grazia's and Sandie's tale of revenge.

I enjoyed the stories of all three women, although Emily's was my favourite, so I was glad that the novel was mainly about her story. The writing style was easy to read, enjoyable 'chick-lit' (I hate that term) a
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Nicole
Dec 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this book, and enjoyed how it was easy to get through. It was funny and interesting to read about the secret shopping, never really knew that much about it. The developing friendship between the three women was nice to read about - different women from different walks of life brought together by circumstance. Loved how umm what was her name, the girl who worked in the shop, was finally proven right. The mother's story I liked but found a bit too predictable. Would have preferred to see h ...more
Rachel Shaw
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
My partner bought me this book from our local charity shop as it had Shoppers in the title and he knew i read a series of books with shopping in the title (sophie Kinsella) and the covers were similar.

I really enjoyed reading this book i laughed out loud quite a lot and couldn't put the book down. I thought the books ending was predictable but it wouldn't be a chick book if not. All in all a great read that i would tell other people to give it a go.
Claire Hill
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a fab book lived it from the first page , it a great girly read and can't wait for the next one.
Angela Joyce
Cute and creative, but since when is a British size 14 "chubby"? I hope this doesn't hurt any readers who might be former anorexics and just getting OK with their healthier weight... you know?
Sofie
Sep 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Het duurde wat lang voor ik echt in het verhaal zat en meevoelde maar eens het zover was was het zeker de moeite!! Toch een aanrader.
Lindsay
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't normally do chick flicks. However, I have read one of Kate Harrison's books before and this one was just as good. (Think it did me good to get away from the fantasy and crime I usually read!)

I enjoyed that the story came from 3 angles. 3 women who all had different stories who ended up together supporting each other through their issues. There were some funny moments and needless to say the ending was happy. 😊
Hanna
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
The story is told in the alternating POVs of Emily, Sandie and Grazia. Emily's husband has just left her for another woman, but still expects to control her life from another country, and she lets him. Sandie was unfairly sacked from her job and is ridiculed by her Grandmother for working in a shop. Grazia's husband has just died and has left her with an armload of debt and hurtful secrets. So, Ms Harrison balances out the silliness of shopping with more serious problems that a lot of women can ...more
Evangeline
2.5 stars

This caught my eye in my local charity shop as it mentions secret shopping in the title, something I am interested in as I have played the part of both the hunter and the hunted in the world of secret shopping myself.

The story was told from the viewpoints of three main characters; Grazia, Sandie and Emily. I really enjoyed Grazia and Sandie's stories and development, but didn't much like Emily. This was really unfortunate as she seemed to get more chapters than the other two, which was
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Nicola
Dec 07, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the first 200-odd pages I really struggled. I didn't find the characters interesting or likeable, especially grazia. Towards the end though the story really picked up and the characters got a lot more interesting. I found I didn't want to put it down towards the end when plot started tying itself off nicely, although I did find the romance between Emily and Will a little far-fetched and rushed. My only other qualm was that there didn't seem to be a massive amount of secret shopping going on ...more
Danielle
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the first secret shopper book I've read, so in a way I was coming in without background to a lot of characters, but actually it didn't matter. It was a bit like a soap opera, I soon picked up who was who and what was happening. I had such fun reading this book. It was one of those warm, friendly feel good reads that make you laugh and smile, and is just a nice easy journey.
You feel really close to all the characters by the end - I missed them when I finished the book! I rate books on my
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Femke
Jul 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, chicklit
Over dit boek had ik al behoorlijk veel gelezen, ik was dus ook echt enorm benieuwd naar dit boek.

Toen ik begon met lezen in dit boek, wist ik gelijk dat het een heerlijk boek was. Je begint met lezen en de gebeurtenissen zetten je gelijk aan het lachen. Eigenlijk heb ik tijdens het lezen van dit boek alleen maar gelachen. Het is gewoon een boek dat je meeneemt in de wereld van shoppen, wat hilarische momenten oplevert. Er komen ook een aantal stukjes in voor, waardoor je echt meeleeft met de pe
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Barbra
Jun 06, 2010 rated it did not like it
I started off fine with this book and got into the story and then it just lost me and I totally lost interest in it.

Back Cover Blurb:
Single mum Emily wants revenge on the stick-thin assistants who laugh at her post-baby tummy and post-baby budget. Store manager Sandie has a lifelong love of retail - until she's stitched up by her ambitious deputy. And glamorous widow Grazia can't leave behind the high life, despite her chronically low bank balance.
Together they're 'Charlie's Shopping Angels', co
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Karschtl
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it
I liked the idea about secret shopping very much, and but unfortunately the assignments are mostly only mentioned in a side note - except for the first attempts of Sandie and Emily when they are freshly recruited, and later it is decribed in detail how Emily mets Will.
The rest of the book concentrates on the lifes of Emily, Sandi and Grazia. Out of the three of them I liked Emily best and was most interested in her life with little Freddie.

I saw that there are 2 sequels to this book, and would d
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Den
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This is all about 3 undercover shopper's who are totally different but all alone and together they find friendship and a new 'career'. Emily is a new mother who has been deserted by her husband and who is feeling frumpy and unconfident in herself anymore. Garzia is the widow of an artist who slept around and her friends deserted her when hubby died. Lastly there is Sandie, who had always dreamed of working in a glamorous store but when she is fitted up by a jealous worker, she loses her job, her ...more
Dianne
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
This story was just ok, and at times it was borderline depressing. I think the Shopaholic thing has been used in it's promotion, but that's misleading. The three lead female characters aren't particularly likeable and their circumstances so differently situated that it's hard to believe they would come together in any way, shape or form, let alone form some kind of friendship. The ending was predictable in one instance and unsatisfactory in the others, to the extent that it screams "sequel comin ...more
Lisanne
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ik vond dit boek niet zo super leuk!
Het duurde me veelste lang voordat het verhaal echt op gang kwam.
De personages in het verhaal waren in het begin erg saai.
Pas toen ik over de helft was van het boek, gebeurden er wat leuke dingen.
Het boek had wel een happy-ending waar ik erg tevreden over ben.
Ik raad het boek aan voor wat ouderen vrouwen,
Waarschijnlijk ben ik zelf nog een beetje te jong voor dit boek.
Rebecca
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! Definitely a "chick-lit" read but just what I needed at the weekend before plunging into a Stephen King. The characters were clearly defined and whilst there were some obvious holes in the plot (such as Sandie fighting a bit harder to clear her name rather than just moping around), the overall story gelled well and came together nicely at the end (if a bit of an obvious ending all round).
Sephie
Mar 28, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I don't read a lot of chick-lit but sometimes it cheers me up. Being a recovering shopaholic ;-) I thought this would help.
Focussing on three main characters with completely different 'baggage', they meet up and work together as secret shoppers. Their friendship develops into a mutual 'self-preservation' society and they manage to rectify the wrongs they have been dealt. Yaaay - a happy ending!!
Kourtney
Nov 24, 2012 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this book and needed a change of pace. I thought this was a unique idea because how often do you get to hear about secret shoppers. Well, I feel like I still have not heard about secret shoppers. The characters were hard to relate to, either too whiny or rigid, etc. The storylines seemed to wrap up a bit too nicely at the end out of what felt like nowhere...I dunno...I won't be seeking out any of the sequels to this one.
Angela
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. At first the characters are stereotypical and Emily sounds like a spoiled bit of fluff but then things get shook up and the three main characters, Emily, Sandie, and Grazia turn out to be quite likeable. I'm glad things worked out well and fully intend to read the next book.
Karen Whittard
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It was easy to read which for me today was just perfect. I immediately felt connected to the characters in this book from the start. I love books about shopping love and life so for me this book was perfect. I also love books written by different points of view much easier to get into as I feel so much more engaged. A joyful uplift book. Loved it ☺ ...more
Boo A-c
Jul 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic summer read. Don't judge it by its cover or title. Its fun, snappy and excellent. Each character is well fleshed out and sympathetic and all the bad guys get it in the end it is fabulous!
For Fans of: Holiday reads, chick-lit at its finest
Whats Next: The shoestring Club, Last Chance by Sarah Dessen, Me and Mr Darcy by Alexandra Jordan
Suvi
Feb 01, 2015 rated it liked it
It was a bit difficult to actually start reading the books for some reason, but once I did I finished it in couple of days. Predictable chick lit, but party quite well written. I could at times quite relate to Emily though at other times found her annoying. And though the other two main characters weren't as relatable or likable as Emily, they were interesting.
Claire
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you like shopaholic books you will love these , It is a light hearted read that will make you laugh also make you look at shops/ assistance in a different light lol.
Also how great friendships are built can't wait to read the other books
Azra
Aug 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ugh-no-no-no
Didn't like it. Really had to force myself to read it to the last page. It was just too boring. The whole thing was boring. The characters, the storyline, etc. Some people may find it interesting but I don't. The second book is really going on my never-going-to-read list.


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