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Foursome

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  2,112 ratings  ·  166 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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Natalie M
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
It panned out better than I thought it would and this is a perfect example of a ten-star rating system, being a good 7 out of 10 read.

The female characters are well-written and believable (for the most part) with a strong underlying value system which comes through. The conundrum for me came with the relationship between Rebecca and Lorna. I was expecting the bitchy nature to persist but some of the directions the plot took threw me a little. However, it was really great to see women actually su
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Ali
Sep 03, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars round up to 3.
Oh, I don't know, it is definitely hit n miss with Jane Fallon for me.
This started well, and was really promising...

Bex, Daniel, Isabel and Alex have been best friends for ever, since jolly college years. Years, marriages and couple children later they are still very close. Nothing seem to break their bond.
Until... Alex gets drunk and Lorna becomes more than an assistant.

I like how realistic the story unfolded, and that it was well paced, never getting stuck, constantly
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Hristina
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. ...more
Amanda
Jan 20, 2011 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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Chloe
Dec 08, 2009 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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Tracey
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I can’t say this book is a happy read as the plot is all secrets , broken relationships and friendship going awry .
It’s a intelligently written book but it does lack emotion . The characters aren’t ones that I cared about , there was no real definition or outstanding qualities that made them likeable to be honest.
Helena Wildsmith
Dec 19, 2016 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! ...more
Andreab
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. Although somewhat predictable in parts it was a good easy read. I enjoyed all the characters ans how they all meshed together in this book.
Eloise Smith
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Deliciously enjoyable. A naughty secret of a book. Best read playing the music you like to listen to when no one is listening.
Samantha
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoying this author, just a good read, easy, keeps my interest. Would recommend.
Kelda
Jun 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
It started off OK but as it went on it dragged....mainly because you want to punch most of the characters in the face!
Mercè
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: físico
I've, surprisingly, quite enjoyed this book. I thought I'd loathe Rebecca as a narrator, but I rather liked her.
I don't want to reveal much but this book is filled with drama (LOTS OF DRAMA) but it has room for some character development and several funny moments.
I won't go about recommending it left and right, but if you stumble upon it I'd say you can give it a go and have an ok reading.

Funny thing, my dirty mind tricked me with the title and thought the story might have something to do wit
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Lucy
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
I usually love Jane Fallon the way she creates interesting characters, allows a bond to develop, drops a bombshell about them which makes you question your morals and then makes you hate/love them before ensure their worlds collide with a harsh dose of reality and a serving of justice.

However, this book, which was an audiobook and had been very nicely read to me, left me feeling really dully towards the characters, which I had no sympathy for, I didn't like Alex, Isabel (his wife) I felt nothin
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Sherri Keller
Jun 29, 2012 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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AngryGreyCat
Feb 15, 2015 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
Emma
Sep 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, chick-lit
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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Pandit
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lot of heavy reading recently, so I took a fem-lit break with Foursome, my second Jane Fallon book.
It is not one of the 'Seven Story Lines'. It's just family/work shenanigans, a comic suburban caper. Just like after my first Jane Fallon book, I come away thinking women, and family in general, inhabit a very complicated world.
All good fun.
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Michelle
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
An ok read, on the whole i enjoyed it but it didnt blow me away. average.
Kiran
Jul 23, 2011 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. ...more
Bookread2day
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was glued to the whole story. I loved all of the characters they seemed so real. Jane Fallon has become one of my favourite authors.
Kate
Jan 04, 2017 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. ...more
Vicki Orr
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great light hearted read. Kept me hooked.
Claire Collignon
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of her better books, with original themes.
Shelley
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I started off thinking 'what am I reading'? But quickly got drawn in and smashed through it. I actually enjoyed it, maybe I'll risk it and try another of hers! ...more
TinaGav
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Fun and easy read for a day at the beach. I would've probably thought otherwise if there was no day at the beach involved. ...more
Julie
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This wasn’t my favourite book by Jane Fallon, but I did enjoy it. I liked the main characters, Rebecca, Dan and Isobel, but wasn’t at all keen on Lorna or Alex. The start was interesting as the characters were introduced and then it got more interesting as the relationship between Lorna and Alex started. I’m afraid I found Lorna’s reaction to them splitting after such a short time a bit crazy – she had hardly known him! I also thought the way Rebecca covered up for her a bit unrealistic and then ...more
Maggie
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-2019
Not the best read from Jane Fallon, and I've read all of them, but what made it worse was the narration, truly awful. ...more
DenXXX
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit, 2018
I found a pile of Fallon books I hadn't read so am reading through them - this is the second one.
It is an easy read and if I didn't have other things to do, it would have been finished in a day.
In a nutshell, there are two couples, who have been friends since uni and since done everything together. But then Alex splits from his wife and declares undying love for Rebecca. She doesn't reciprocate and then things take a turn for the worse when he hooks up with her work colleague who she detests. Bu
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Grace
Dec 06, 2012 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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Tonya
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good one

Another good chick-lit book by Jane Fallon. It wasn’t one of her typical ones where most of the story is consumed with a cheating spouse although she does touch on it. I really liked this book and the story a bit more than the other books I’ve read by her which is all of them except two. She doesn’t disappoint.
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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 is author of ten novels on the Sunday Times Bestseller List — Getting Rid of Matthew, Got You Back, Foursome, The Ugly Sister, Skeletons, Strictly Between Us, My Sweet Revenge, Faking Friends, Tell Me A Secret, and Queen Bee. In 2011, ...more

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