Thursday, 12 April 2012

Books Read: Carol Marinelli - puttiing Alice back together

Source - Received from PR company to review

There's only so much sex, valium and red wine you can take to paper over the cracks...

Alice is the friend you wish you had.  The girl who makes a party more fun, drinks wine while you're crying over an ex.  Alice is totally happy, everything is amazing and there is nothing at all to worry about.... except, well:

Her job was really great - 10 years ago.
She is in love with her best friend, but he's gay.
Her credit card bills are under the bed unopened...
But maybe the biggest problem for Alice is that she has a secret.

A secret so big she can't tell anyone.  How do you keep a secret like that when everything is starting to fall apart?

And once it's out there, how do you ever begin to put yourself back together again?

Carol Marinelli is a Mills and Boon stalwart but this book is definitely no fluffy romance novel as it deals with a twenty-something Alice and her deep-rooted issues although there is a tiny bit of romance thrown in for good measure.

To an outsider it would look like Alice had it all, good job, great friends and is the life and soul of any party.   But it's all fake, Alice is in fact a mess, hooked on valium and trying to con doctors to sign for her next prescription, drinking wine like water and she's up to her eyes in debt.

Throughout the book we get to see flashbacks to ten years previous when Alice was seventeen and living in England and it's obvious that something had happened to make her the way that she is today.

When her flatmate Nicole leaves to go on holiday to the UK to be with her boyfriend, she arranges for her cousin Hugh to move in whilst he looks for his own apartment.  Even though Alice knows that he has a girlfriend back home, she can't help falling for him but as a psychiatrist he recognises that Alice has a problem so he leaves forcing her to confront her issues.

Reluctantly Alice seeks therapy and starts to deal with the events that led her onto the path of destruction. It's only after confronting and dealing with her past that she's able to move forward and start the future that she had hoped for at aged seventeen.

I'd like to thank Tori at Midas PR for sending me a copy of this book to review.

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