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Queen Bee

Narrated by: Jo Joyner
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

The hilarious new book from the million-copy best-selling author of Faking Friends and Tell Me a Secret.

When Laura's marriage falls apart, she needs to find a home for her and her daughter. And quickly.

Welcome to the Close, a beautiful street of mansions, where Laura rents a tiny studio above a garage and gorgeous Stella is the indisputable queen bee who soon suspects Laura of having designs on her fiancé.

But when Laura unearths the ghastly secret he is hiding, it threatens Stella's perfectly curated world as well as Laura's career.

Hatching an elaborate plan to beat him at his own game, these former enemies are now best friends.

But has Laura forgotten that revenge always comes with a sting in the tail?

©2020 Jane Fallon (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Hugely compelling and unpredictable." (Ruth Jones)

"Brilliant, with completely unexpected twists." (Gill Sims)

"She's the queen of the revenge novel." (Heat)

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Was ok

Really good narration, but a bit of a weak story. Struggled to like the characters.

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Loved!! Fall of twists and turns!

This book kept me wanting more! It was so easy to listen to, and I really liked the narrator's voice - it matched the down to earth tone of the main character.

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light, funny, absorbing

just what I needed, simple, entertaining, real with some gentle twists in the story to keep up the tension.

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Feel good rom-com /chick lit

I absolutely loved this book! I listened to it on audible and just devoured it! It is the perfect rom-com/chick lit. Laura’s husband drops the bombshell that he wants a divorce and she finds herself needing a place to rent while she finds a property to buy. She rents an annex over a garage in an exclusive area “The Close” where the “one percenters” live. Laura finds herself on the outer very soon when the leader of the pack, Stella, thinks she has designs on her fiancé Al. Laura, in trying to clear her name only finds herself delving deeper into a web of lies and deceit. This book reminded me of the good old days watching Desperate Housewives, with a lot more plastic surgery thrown in for good measure. A feel good read 🥰

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Great performance, Ho Hum story

It took me quite a few chapters to get into this book. I found it difficult to reconcile the thought processes of Louise with that of a grown up. But after a while I became accustomed to it and managed to enjoy the story for what it was. Pretty good narration in the book was good enough overall to pass the time.

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Loved it!!!

I think this has been my favourite Jane Fallon book. The story line was fabulous, the narrator did a great job and I was hanging on every word since the word go. Love Jane Fallon!

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so good

I really enjoyed this one. I normally like to make my books last longer but this one was too hard to out down. Easy listening at its best

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  • Daniela
  • 08-08-2020

Negative star review SAVE YOUR TIME

Where to start... Jo Joyner did a great job with the material that they gave her. ¿Are we sure that Jane Fallon wrote this? In general her stories have characters DEVELOPMENT. Which is NOT what happens here. In general i read her books because of how relatable the characters are, and how you can blend in the placees/ society that she describes . Spoiler alerte there isn't enough development for you to blend in or relate to the characters. The book was SO BAD, i almost didn't finished it! (and i'm the type that ALWAYS finishes a book). The book is extremely superficial, in the firsts chapters you already know the characters, don't expect nothing more. At first you think that there is a story (and being a Jane Fallon fan i expected plot twists), its all superficial and linear.

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  • Judith Lennon
  • 15-07-2020

Good story line

I haven’t had any of this authors books before but I purchased this book after hearing it reviewed on TV. I enjoyed it from beginning to end. An insight as to how life can change us in habit and ourselves. From living the high life to a downfall. Great page turner and I will get more from this author. A good book and highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-07-2020

Absolutely brilliant. Flew through it.

Another funny and engaging story from Jane Fallon. Loved it. Looking forward to the next one already!

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  • cathryn
  • 14-07-2020

good story great narrator

really enjoyed this book with its twists and turns and the characters were really brought to life

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  • Mary Henderson
  • 12-07-2020

Fabulous story from start to finish

I loved this book. Its perfectly paced, wonderfully narrated and you get pulled into the characters lives with ease. It would make a great TV show.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-07-2020

Easy listen.

An easy listen chick lit book which I listened too while decorating. I enjoyed it.

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  • nicola vickers
  • 12-07-2020

Never disappointed

Worth the extra wait for another excellent Jane Fallon. Always look forward to a new release and this one like the others does not disappoint. Also well read and easy to listen to.

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  • Dee x
  • 03-08-2020

Awful character, don’t bother.

The character in the book started out as quite likeable. As the story developed she became more and more ridiculous .... recently divorced single mum risks her company income and financial security (possibly risks a prison sentence?) so that she can forge a relationship with the neighbourhood b!tch and it just gets worse after that. I was listening to this book on audible while painting our house and my other half kept coming out to check i was ok because of the cringe noises I was making in response to this utterly ridiculous story. I think this book is so bad even the editor didn’t read it here is an example - ex husband takes daughter to visit with his brother and sis in law ... few chapters later she explains he was an only child and inherited everything when his parents died. My recommendation is to read something else.

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  • Sinead Hutchinson
  • 17-07-2020

Repetitive

Ok book. But my god she spent most of the book going on and on and on about the rich women’s Botox / plastic surgery. It drove me nuts. The author made it abundantly clear she does not approve of not aging gracefully and this seemed to become the main slant of the book. A tad tedious

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  • martina reynolds
  • 07-08-2020

Loved it ... pure escapism

This was my first Jane Fallon book... I thoroughly enjoyed it! Loved the descriptions of the ladies in the close... with all the Botox! Pure escapism...just what I needed.. listened on audiobook and enjoyed listening to the voice of the narrator

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  • Rae M.
  • 24-07-2020

Not Jane Fallon’s best unfortunately.

Very predictable from beginning to end, l kept thinking something amazing was about to happen and it didn’t. Save your time and your money.

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