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Often referred to as the “Jilly Cooper of the Cosmo generation”, Fiona Walker is renowned for writing novels full of eccentric English characters, twisty plot lines and overt sex scenes. Having previously devoured a couple of her more recent offerings (Lots of Love and Tongue in Cheek), I bought one of her earlier novels, ‘Kiss Chase’, to see if it lived up to the others. ‘Kiss Chase’ by Fiona Walker follows the journey of Phoebe “Freddy” Fredericks, an awkward but beautiful twenty-something who is begged by old acquaintance Saskia Seaton to help get revenge on the man who broke her heart – misogynistic womaniser Felix Sylvian.
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The plan is for Phoebe to do to Felix what Felix has done to Saskia. Seduce him, get him to fall head over heels in love with her and then maliciously and publicly humiliate and dump him in order to give him a taste of his own medicine. Initially, I found it difficult to conceive how such a far-fetched scheme could possibly work. Why would shallow model Felix fall for normal girl Phoebe? And why on earth would someone with her head supposedly screwed on get herself embroiled within such a mess? However, Walker does a fantastic job of putting the implausible plot into context by delving into the characters psyche and creating a glamorous, dramatic world in which these sort of schemes are not so bizarre. In true Fiona Walker fashion, there are numerous intricate sub-plots running alongside the main story, including affairs, celebrity parties and lots of very posh people saying things like “golly” and “shan’t”. Each sub-plot twists, turns and ties in so well, that you barely notice the fact that the book is a massive 790 pages long. Kiss Chase has a real escapist factor about it. It draws you into the kind of glamorous, hedonistic world you sometimes wish you were part of, and whether you love or hate each of the characters, you certainly care about what happens to them. If you’re after some saucy, amusing and acutely observed story telling, then this one is a real find. You can buy ‘Kiss Chase’ here! Rating 5/5