Monday, 9 January 2017

Whatever Happened to Vicky Hope’s Back Up Man? – by Laura Kemp

Original Cover
My own copy

The blurb:

A tender, funny and haunting coming-of-age novel which asks if the past can ever be part of your future.
Twenty-one and insecure, Vicky Hope comes up with a plan on the eve of travelling the world with her high flying friend, Kat Lloyd: if she isn't married by the time she's thirty, she'll marry her geeky best mate Mikey Murphy.
Fast-forward eight-and-a-bit years, Vicky, now Vee wakes up on her thirtieth birthday in Brighton, expecting a proposal of marriage from her arty boyfriend Jez. Instead he tells her their relationship is over and she has no choice but to return to her parents' home.
Devastated and alone in her childhood bedroom, she decides she has nothing to lose and tracks down her two old mates. With shock, she discovers Mikey, now Murphy, is a successful app designer driven by his tragic upbringing. Kat, or Kate, never made it - but she hides a devastating secret, which threatens the happiness of all three.

My Opinion:

*Book provided on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Three friends, three lives, three stories.

When Vee is dumped by her boyfriend she decides to get in touch with her old friends Kate and Murphy.

The three characters take turns telling their story and there are a lot of flashbacks included as well, which makes it easier to understand what they are actually going through. Kate has a big secret and it’s actually deeper than we first think. Both Vee and Murphy are not sure about their feelings for each other, but eventually can’t ignore them. Of course there is some drama included as well.

It’s great to see how they changed in the years, but their memories still haunt them, they are part of their lives. The mystery about certain things really hooked me to the story and Laura Kemp’s writing is heart-warming and very clever.

The book has everything a good story needs: love, mystery, secrets, friendship, betrayal, family and more. I really enjoyed this story!!!


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Laura Kemp on Twitter: @Laurajanekemp

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