Wednesday, 30 November 2011


This book is a compilation of two short stories, called 

The One That Got Away and Please Notice Me


This book is about a woman called Miranda and her team, Rob and Nancy. They travel on business and stay in a rather exclusive hotel to make an impression on the business man they are trying to get a contract from. miranda is a single mum, and she reluctantly leaves her young daughter at home with her sister. Miranda has never had much luck with men, they usually turn out to be slimeballs! 
Anyway on this business trip Miranda is feeling super confident, and is sat in the bar with the rather jealous Rob. who one day soon would love Miranda's job for himself and Nancy the faithful, mother figure. Whilst in the hotel bar Miranda meets a rather gorgeous guy named James, they spend quite a lot of time together, mainly in a hotel room!
Miranda and her team go to deliver their pitch to the important business man and well i won't say what happens otr it will give away too much of the story and spoil it for you reading it for yourselves.

I have to say I really enjoyed this short story, and didn't want it to end! It reminded me of when I was a kid and used to watch Roald Dahl's Tales of The Unexpected on TV with my grandparents (a lovely happy memory I enjoyed revisiting). The characters are so well described and the story slowly build momentum up to its twisted end. You find yourself caring about the characters and what happens to them even though this is a short story.The end of this short story has a serious twist/sting in its tail!! I would say go and buy it now,I certainly recommend it! I am certainly looking forward to the second short story by this author, stay tuned for the review.


This book is about a man past his prime of life basically lusting after his 9 year old daughter Janet's babysitter. The babysitter Kayley who just so happens to live next-door with just her father as her mother has recently died. Again there is a twist/sting in the tale of this story as it turns out that the wife isn't as blind to the man's lusting after the babysitter, and the babysitter isn't perhaps quite as innocent and pure as she may seem. The man certainly gets his comeuppance at the end. It's difficult to say more without giving away the twist.
I have to admit I didn't like or enjoy this short novella as much as the first one. I think we could have perhaps read a little more from the wife's point of view rather than her just been in the story at the end in the twist. I think the saying "Be careful what you wish for....because you just might get it" really applies to the man in this story. As when he was to get what he had been wishing and dreaming about , he didn't really know what to do with it. He realised he didn't want what he had been wishing for after all.

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