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This met that requirement, anyway: it's definitely the kind of nonsense that leads to dropping a few IQ points. Don't get me wrong: there's nothing wrong with fluff and some can be quite fun to read. This just wasn't one of those: I found the main character to be an insipid, mousy doormat with no "sparkle" and the secondary characters all rather hateful in a cartoonish way too-skinny drunke I picked this up because I desperately needed something fluffy to keep from thinking for a couple of days.

This just wasn't one of those: I found the main character to be an insipid, mousy doormat with no "sparkle" and the secondary characters all rather hateful in a cartoonish way too-skinny drunken social-climbing harridan; evil spoiled child from hell; philandering rock star husband of drunken harridan; philandering handsome ex boyfriend of insipid doormat main character; random, rather vacant Scottish laird; adventurous, lucky bestie.

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The plot doesn't really matter - it was too stupid to get into here and just reminded me of why I don't really read these books anymore. It did serve the "no-thinking" purpose, but went a bit too far: I'm going to have to read my whole issue of this week's The Economist instead of just the politics half to regain those lost brain cells. Jul 07, Camelama rated it did not like it Shelves: read-but-do-not-own.

Awful book. The supposed heroine is boring, lackluster, dispassionate and so annoying. The other characters were universally unlikeable, the plot was ridiculous even for trashy chick lit. Things I wanted to know about the characters were passed over for endless descriptions of boozing and makeup, plot points were skipped over willy-nilly, and overall the book needed a hell of a critique group to pull it to pieces so that the author Awful book.

Things I wanted to know about the characters were passed over for endless descriptions of boozing and makeup, plot points were skipped over willy-nilly, and overall the book needed a hell of a critique group to pull it to pieces so that the author could re-write it into something worth reading.

Sep 08, Amy! Part of my problem with this book was perhaps that it had more modern British slang and pop culture references than I could relate to. But a much bigger part of my problem with this book was that not a single character was sympathetic. The main character wants to be a writer but ends up as a "writer's assistant" nanny to a horrid wretch of a woman who found fame and fortune by writing four trashy novels and is now plagued with writers block because she drinks too much.

Her son is a sociopathic h Part of my problem with this book was perhaps that it had more modern British slang and pop culture references than I could relate to. Her son is a sociopathic holy terror who no one ever says no to. Her husband is a washed up rock star. The nanny's best friend is another nanny who knows how to play the game much better but is ultimately just shopping for a husband. The book had hints that the main character could turn her diary into some sort of Nanny Diaries expose, but that didn't happen.

Everyone has their lives crumble in appalling ways because they are so stupid but then somehow, fate steps in and saves them by having them exploit yet someone else. The salvations seem false and forced and in the end, I was just glad it was over, although rather annoyed that the characters had happy endings they didn't deserve.

I enjoyed Holden when I was a teen in the initial chick lit wave, but trying to revisit them has been uniformly unsuccessful. Teen Christina did not have the best taste. At the start of this, the heroine has a boyfriend who philanders directly in front of her, which she's not okay with but apparently doesn't do anything about because he's so hot? By far the worst Wendy Holden book, I found this book excruciating to read and just wanted it to be over. An example of the worst chick lit, do not read!

May 30, Lisa Watson rated it did not like it. Oh dear oh dear. Was thankful to reach the end After really enjoying 'The Wives of Bath' this was awful. The main character was pathetic and I couldnt have cared less about anyone in the book Jun 22, Amy Joanne Bradshaw rated it it was amazing.

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Sep 09, Deetz added it. Read several years ago when on vacation. Jul 31, Sherri Bryant rated it liked it Shelves: chick-lit. I rather enjoyed that this information is thrown into the mix right from the start. Anna takes a job with this horrible person, thinking the position will be as an assistant to a best-selling author. Cassandra takes center stage with her drunken outbursts and anger management issues.

Her son, Zak, is a spoiled brat who behaves like a troll, while managing to deflect it back onto his mother. Throw into the mix several supporting characters who I found to be quite interesting makes for an enjoyable story. I liked this book. The story does a good job of making the reader forget her troubles for a while by bringing to light a whole new dysfunctional group of people.

I cheered Anna on when she finally gets the opportunity to leave but continued to empathize with her situation when it appears she jumped from the frying pan straight into the fire. This story has many twists which make the plot so interesting. Fans of chick-lit will enjoy the snarky British humor laced throughout the story, but be prepared for the profanity that comes along with it. This was my first book by Wendy Holden and I am looking forward to reading more from her. Nov 19, Monica M rated it liked it.

This is the story when everyone got their happy ending. Yes,that include the bad character :D However there's part that i don't like: view spoiler [ - Anna is supposed to be an aspiring amateur writer. But the story somehow go the wrong way, when her main purpose completely change to finding a man. She forgotten her writing career, just like that. She even go through accept the proposal from someone who she barely knew and regret it later.

It's frustrating. I mean, wth? But considering she have many many low moments, i guess okay. Not mention the ghost writer will have a fare payment. What about her writing career?? I mean where's the struggling writer i had read in the beginning of the book? I have hope that the story will be like this: she get her writing career with her own effort, and get her man. No, forget the career, she doesn't need to do any step to change her life, not even trying. It just throw it to her. And lack of eagerness. Anna takes a job as a nanny but then she leaves that job to get married, and then she doesn't get married.

Really jumps around a lot and I never got a sense of who the characters really were It was too British, filled with euphemisms I couldn't understand and pop culture references that made no sense because I wasn't raised in England. If you are going to sell your book in other countries you should make sure the references are broad or big enough that other markets will understand where you Anna takes a job as a nanny but then she leaves that job to get married, and then she doesn't get married.

If you are going to sell your book in other countries you should make sure the references are broad or big enough that other markets will understand where you are taking the story. The ending was kind of awkward and abrupt too. Oct 09, Kay rated it it was ok Shelves: fiction. I'm not into this kind of book at all.


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The main character annoyed me with her inability to cope with anything and her desperation for a boyfriend as though he were a missing appendage. Whilst I am sure there were a few moments that made me smile, I think it must have been so fleeting it barely registered. I'm still puzzling over why I read this and, possibly, the most interesting part of reading it is why I bothered in the first place.

I didn't like Bad Heir Day. I despised several characters.

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The only character that was mildly likeable was Anna and she was treated horribly. I also couldn't believe how she accepted such treatment, too. I can't believe I continued reading this book in hopes of something good happening to Anna. The pay-off wasn't worth it. I would not recommend this book. Aug 05, Anne Meyer rated it did not like it. This was a. I didn't understand some of the language here and there since I'm not familiar with british slang, but that isn't why I didn't like the book.

I just didn't care for the storyline. I'm not even sure why I finished the book.

Jan 20, Nancy Brady rated it it was ok Shelves: e-book. A chick-lit novel featuring an aspiring writer who has a love life that is hardly inspiring. Will Anna find love? Will Cassandra, Jett, and their incorrigible son manage to deal with their issues? Just an okay read overall. He's back And then the killer just … disappeared. Ash Henderson was a Detective Inspector on the initial investigation, but a lot can change in eight years. A body is found on a quiet lane in Exmoor, victim of a hit and run. He has no ID, no wallet, no phone, and - after being dragged along the road - no recognisable face.

Gillard is soon embroiled when the car in question is traced to his aunt. As he delves deeper, a dark mystery reveals itself, haunted by family secrets, with repercussions Gillard could never have imagined. The past has never been deadlier. Five years ago his daughter, Rebecca, went missing on the eve of her 13th birthday.

A year later the first card arrived: homemade, with a Polaroid picture stuck to the front — Rebecca, strapped to a chair, gagged and terrified. Every year another card: each one worse than the last. The tabloids call him The Birthday Boy. DI Nikki Galena: A police detective with nothing left to lose, she's seen a girl die in her arms, and her daughter will never leave the hospital again. She's gotten tough on the criminals she believes did this to her.

Too tough. And now she's been given one final warning: make it work with her new sergeant, DS Joseph Easter, or she's out. When Matt Ballard was starting out his career, three boys were murdered in the same area, the remote and bleak Gibbet Fen. When the main suspect was killed in a hit-and-run, the killings stopped.

But Matt was not satisfied that the real murderer had been caught. Over 25 years later, Matt gets a photo in an unmarked envelope. It's of the Gibbet Fen crime scene. And the picture was taken before the murder took place. More photos arrive, relating to the historic murders, as well as intimate pictures of Matt's very secret private life.

Five figures gather 'round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult-sized hole would have taken longer.

An innocent life had been taken, but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood. Years later a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders that shock the Black Country. DCI Jim Daley is sent from the city to investigate a murder after the body of a woman is washed up on an idyllic beach on the West Coast of Scotland. Far away from urban resources, he finds himself a stranger in a close-knit community.

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Love, betrayal, fear and death stalk the small town as Daley investigates a case that becomes more deadly than he could possibly imagine in this compelling Scottish crime novel infused with intrigue and dark humour. Promising architect Peter Young is shot dead at his desk. DCI Craig Gillard is on the scene, looking at what appears to be a brutal and highly professional hit: two bullets, fired with ice-cold calm. Gillard knows that the most crucial question in solving the crime is one word: why?

Two weeks later, on the Lincolnshire coast, another body is found on a windswept beach. In this case there is no identity for the young man, just a curious brand burned into his neck Criminologist Martin Knight lives a gilded life and is a thorn in the side of the police. But then his wife, Liz, goes missing. There is no good explanation and no sign of Martin Is it just a missing person or something worse? By Austin Smith. According to the movie, she was a lonely, angry, tyrannical mistress of the manor, firing a butler who served her a piece of cantaloupe that was chillier than room temperature, and sleeping with other servants she found attractive and then firing them too when she grew tired of them.

He becomes her most trusted assistant, accompanying her on far-flung trips around the world, helping her tend her beloved orchids and, eventually, joining her for bouts of drinking and pot-smoking. They became so close that she named Lafferty executor of her will over the objections of her lawyers she died in In addition, though Fiennes and Susan Sarandon as Duke handle their roles well, the movie is pokey, with exotic journeys and locations merely described but not shown, presumably because of budget constraints.

Though her character dies an invalid at age 81, no one bothered to make up Sarandon as a credible old lady. Score another one for Miss Daisy.