If you loved Adele Parks's No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller, Lies, Lies, Lies, you won't want to miss Connie's story in Playing Away.
A special 20th anniversary edition of the unforgettable debut novel from Adele Parks.
Don't miss Adele's gripping new novel, the No. 1 bestseller Just My Luck, out now!
Playing Away became an instant bestseller, is irresistible, unputdownable and the nearest thing you'll get to an affair without actually having one...
SHE'S PLAYING WITH FIRE...
Connie Green's life should be perfect. She's married to gentle, loving Luke, has a good job and really fabulous friends. She thinks she can't be happier.
But she's just met John Harding.
Spectacularly unsuitable and overwhelmingly sexy, he's about to destroy her peace of mind and her happily ever after, yet she just can't seem to resist.
And to have any chance of clearing her head, Connie needs to get out of John's bed...
What readers are saying about Playing Away:
'A wonderful novel with characters that draw you right in and don't let go'
'Refreshingly honest...Totally engaging - I couldn't put it down!'
'I was amused, touched, romanced, saddened and thrilled by the story from start to finish. Totally unputdownable!'
'Warm, sexy and...wise'
What happens to Bridget Jones when she finally marries the wonderful man of her dreams? The much-imitated heroine is named Connie Green this time around, and she's the focus of Londoner Parks's initially humorous but finally enervating debut novel. Only nine months after her wedding. Connie flirts with John Harding, a handsome man she meets at a business conference, and begins an affair with him. Having always considered herself to be a Cosmopolitan woman, Connie oddly ignores the obvious conclusion that what she wants from John is sex. Instead, she believes that roguish John may be her destiny, though she insists she still loves nice-guy husband Luke. Of course the reader knows, as does Connie herself on some level, that the affair can't end well; the inevitability of disaster is overdetermined from the beginning. Parks is astute about male/female interactions, and she has cleverness to spare. It's unfortunate, then, that she squanders it on a tale that doesn't know whether it wants to be a joyously comic romp or a serious commentary on the concept of Happily Ever After. Connie is a frequently unsympathetic heroine who would confound Sigmund Freud, and is likely to alienate readers long before the tale reveals itself as cautionary rather than prescriptive. Even the ending fails to satisfy, being at once inevitable and highly unlikely, drawn more from the soft-focus, dreamy possibilities of cinema than the realities of probable human behavior. One hopes that, next time, Parks won't fritter away her talents on such a predictable story.