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Book Thoughts: Never Greener by Ruth Jones

Jones, Ruth - Never Greener

★★★★☆☆☆

Title: Never Greener
Author: Ruth Jones
Genre: Fiction   Pages: 400
First published: 2018
Edition: Hardback, published by Bantam Press in 2018

When Kate was twenty-two, she had an intense and passionate affair with a married man, Callum, which ended in heartbreak. Kate thought she’d never get over it.

Seventeen years later, life has moved on – Kate, now a successful actress, is living in London, married to Matt and mother to little Tallulah. Meanwhile Callum and his wife Belinda are happy together, living in Edinburgh and watching their kids grow up. The past, it would seem, is well and truly behind them all.

But then Kate meets Callum again.

This is not a book I would normally pick up, but I am a fan of Ruth Jones as a screenwriter (Gavin and Stacey, Stella) and thought I would give it a go.

The reason why I was apprehensive is because it is essentially a book about cheating and an extramarital affair, which is not a subject I particularly enjoy. I decided to give this one a go anyway.

I did enjoy Ruth Jones’ writing. It is plain, but effective, and she manages to build really four dimensional characters. They felt very real to me. What these people were doing was despicable and yet I could not help but feel some affection for at least one of them, if not the other.

In the end, the subject matter left a bad taste in my mouth and it is only due to the solid writing that I did not end up hating this book. Well, that, and the fact that the ending was kind of pretty much what I wanted it to be. Almost…

I would happily read another book by Ruth Jones… as long as it is not about cheating!

4 out of 7 stars

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