‘The perfect balance of romcom and drama!’ GRAZIA
She kissed the groom. She’s not the bride…
Edie thought she’d found The One…until he told her he was marrying someone else. And on the day of his wedding, when he kisses her, life really does go pear-shaped…
Labelled as a home-wrecker and office outcast, when
her boss offers her the chance to get out of town Edie
jumps at it, even though moving back in with her eccentric
father and prickly sister isn’t exactly the escape she needs.
When her work throws her into the path of rising star
and heartthrob Elliot, Edie is expecting a highly strung
diva. But as their unexpected friendship develops,
Elliot isn’t the only one in the spotlight…
Who’s that girl? Edie is ready to find out.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Mhairi McFarlane’s Inside Story: “She is very true to one of my mission statements: to ensure that my heroines are architects of their own downfall. I mean, she kisses a guy on his wedding day. I was interested in taking a situation where you would automatically think, ‘My God, she must be the worst person in the world,’ and then actually digging into how it came to happen. Through that digging, you realise in full context that, fine, it wasn’t Edie’s finest moment, but she’s in no way someone who would set out to do something like that. I really liked the moral complexity.
“I’m also not really interested in arguments where one person is clearly right and one person is clearly wrong. I quite like the realistic messiness that tends to be the reality. What seems to segue really well in this book is that now we’ve got social media, everybody thinks they know everything about everybody else’s lives. I quite like the way Edie creates a fiction of herself online, which I think a lot of us do to some extent or another. Then, thanks to her actual behaviour, it all comes crashing down. She tears down her own life. The very forces she’s been harnessing to make herself look good are then turned upon her because she’s the vixen of the piece.
“I definitely like writing heroines that f*ck up, because we all do. If we all look back on our lives, how many bad situations have we been in in which we couldn’t find a single cause ourselves? That we’ve done nothing wrong? I mean, it just doesn’t really happen, does it?
“I love this book because people seem to keep finding their way to it. It didn’t come out with an awful lot of fuss, but it seems to be the one people are still reading years after it came out. Very foolishly, I wrote an open ending, too. In my mind, it wasn’t open at all. But by choosing not to write that one piece of dialogue, I have been ridden so hard online for years. The book’s currently under option with really good producers at the moment, which I’m quietly screaming about. So who knows if we might see it on screen one day…”
Customer ReviewsSee All
Witty, smirk inducing, read
The fourth in a series of books than create a wonderful glee whilst reading, and a sense of place. A great self confident heroine, who you like from the start, and a contemporary commentary on fame/social media hysteria. An easy read and an empty feeling when it's over. Can't wait for the next one.
An entertaining and emotionally engaging read
I loved this book from start to finish. Infinitely relatable, I got pretty emotionally invested in the story, compelling me to stay up all night to finish it. That ending though... I’m so frustrated- I hate not knowing things!!!!!!!
Really good book ending disappointing
Really got into this book but got to the end and was left wondering and needing more. Didn’t feel like I had got the full story.