Published by Kirk Parolles on 16 Sept 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Suspense, Womens Fiction
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Seven old friends. One annual reunion. Countless feuds. How do friends stay friends for more than 25 years when there is so much to feel aggrieved about? Juliette and JoAnne have never got over one of them sleeping with the other's boyfriend. Sissy secretly blames someone for the death of her husband. Natasha knows one of them is having an affair with her partner. Siobhan annoys everyone. Katie is annoyed by everyone. Camilla desperately tries to keep the peace.
So when their picnic in the park goes horribly wrong and one of them ends up in the Serpentine, who knows what really happened? And just what secrets from the past are about to unfold, changing everyone's lives forever?
Every year, seven old friends meet for an annual picnic. This year the location is The Serpentine – a recreational lake in Hyde Park, London. With tense relationships, unspoken resentments and lots of Prosecco to loosen bitter tongues, one thing is for sure, this is no friendly Teddy Bear’s Picnic. One person ends up in the Serpentine but who and why?
This is a bit of a vague review similar to my previous one for One Step Too Far also by Tina Seskis as they less you know in advance the better. This story is best left to the author to reveal in her skillful fashion.
The friends are bound by a shared past however nowadays their previous closeness is replaced with fraught meet-ups beneath which are hidden poisonous secrets and even tragedy. I thought initially that the author was being too ambitious by creating seven central characters. It felt too much and I was sure I would be confused. Surprisingly I wasn’t. Each character was well fleshed out and I never got them mixed up.
I was invested in the story and every pov was like another piece in the jigsaw. Slowly but surely they all came together to reveal what was really going on. I really enjoyed the suspense element and thought it held up well through the whole book. With all the characters, the book felt nicely paced as we were changing angles and viewpoints a lot.
The book is nice mix of adult fiction with elements of new adult fiction. The story is following the seven women who are now in their 40s but with lots of flashbacks to their college days so we get an interesting mix up.
Great writing, great setting, lots of drama to hold your attention and with realistic characters and secrets begging to be found out; this book more than satisfied my bookish hunger for a captivating summer suspense novel.
Who should read A Serpentine Affair?
Highly recommended for fans of suspense fiction and fans of character driven books. Also if you read a lot of New Adult and are thinking of venturing in to Adult Fiction-land then this book is a good one to bridge the gap.
Thanks to NetGalley and Kirk Parolles for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
And finally a chance to win a signed copy, open internationally! Good luck 🙂