Friday, 9 March 2012

The Secret Shopper's Revenge by Kate Harrison

review by Maryom

Emily and Sandie have both had enough of shop-assistants. Emily because they sneer at her flabby, new-mum figure and tightened finances. Sandie because after many years of faithful service at a top department store, her deputy engineers for her to be fired. So when they're offered the chance to shop at someone else's expense - and dig out the dirt on snooty, lazy sales-staff they both jump at it. Led by glamorous widow Grazia, and answering to a mysterious anonymous boss, they form 'Charlie's Shopping Angels', going undercover to unearth the worst - or the best - in customer service.

If you've ever had to wait for an assistant to finish her oh-so-important phone call or to put the final touches to her nails, this is the book for you!

This came off my To Be Read pile (so therefore another on my 2012 challenge list) and I'd half-expected to read it and pass it on but it's so enjoyable I've decided to keep it. The characters are well fleshed-out and believable, especially the three main- and very distinct- ones but even the 'handsome hunk' love interest is more than a cardboard cut out. Emily, Sandie and Grazia have all, in some way, had their world fall apart and it's easy to empathise with them as they try to turn life around and make a new start. It's not doom, gloom and angst though - this is chick lit/rom com territory so everything is sprinkled with a large helping of laughs.
A really fun read - I think the first I've read by Kate Harrison, so I'll be on the look-out for more.

Maryom's review - 4 stars
Publisher - Orion
Genre - adult, chick lit/ rom com

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