‘OH! Wha’s occurin’?’
I absolutely adore Ruth Jones as Nessa in ‘Gavin and Stacey’ and was hoping it would live up to the hype. It really did! It’s very rare to be truly hooked by a book – so much so that it makes you just not want to go to work or do anything else but read! This was one of those books. I always feel so fortunate to find one like this.
Immediately, the first chapter grabs you in to witness a drunken, passionate clinch. Only later do we realise that the participants, Callum and Kate, have many complexities and seriously big issues getting in the way of them being together. For one, Callum has a wife and kids (who is not Kate!).
This book is all of everything – it’s exciting, tense, never predictable. It’s also (delectably) naughty and saucy. I love that Jones keeps you guessing to the very end and, never in a million years, could I have predicted how the book would end. I did worry a little in the middle that all the sneaking around and lying from the two main characters would become a little predictable and repetitive, but it soon picks up its pace again and you become involved in a very dirty little secret.
I found myself hating the character of Kate! I guess that this was the desired effect from Jones; but I did also feel pity towards her unfulfilled life, regardless of the money and lifestyle she has. I felt sorry for Callum’s wife and kids and certainly thought that he was No.1 idiot of the century.
However, the complexities of these character and the emotions they force you to feel only shows how fantastically this book is written. Going between time frames is seamless and uncomplicated, whilst adding depth to each character. It is well organised, perfectly set and I have recommended this to everyone I’ve spoken to about it!
So, what are you waiting for?
THE NUMBER ONE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER AND WHSMITH FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR 2018, PICKED FOR THE ZOE BALL TV BOOK CLUB
‘Ruth Jones is excellent on human nature and why we make the mistakes we do. I felt for every character. Unputdownable.’ Jojo Moyes
In her unmissable debut, actress and screenwriter Ruth Jones shows us the dangers of trying to recapture that which was once lost and failing to realise the beauty of what we already have.
‘We spend most of our lives wishing we were somewhere else or someone else, or looking forward or harping back. Always thinking the grass is greener on the other side. But it never is. It’s still grass. Just a different patch of it, that’s all.’
The past has a habit of tracking us down. And tripping us up.
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.
And they are faced with a choice: to walk away from each other . . . or to risk finding out what might have been.
Second chances are a rare gift in life. But that doesn’t mean they should always be taken . . .
‘I love books about gnarly, messy relationships and this one kept me gripped from the beginning. A great read.’ Jane Fallon
‘Heart-rending, provocative and astutely written, Never Greener is a love story about getting what you want and losing everything you need. Ruth’s characters will stay with me for a long time.’ Cathy Bramley