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Book Review: The One that Got Away by Lucy Dawson

The One that Got Away by Lucy Dawson

The One That Got Away is probably a novel that most would put in the ‘chick-lit’ category, but this is definitely not a light and fluffy read. Lucy Dawson has written a book that is much darker than others in this genre, and there is a hint of thriller as the pages progress.The premise of the story revolves around the main character, Molly, deciding on the spur of the moment to contact her ex- boyfriend, Leo, on Facebook. He dumped her for another woman years earlier, and she has taken a long time to get over the break-up, but now she is happily married to Dan. She isn’t to realise what a disastrous decision it is to contact Leo until she ends up drunk and alone with him a hotel room at one of her work conferences. Whatever happened that night – events that she can’t remember – threaten to destroy everything she holds dear, especially when Leo begins texting, emailing and stalking her in an increasingly threatening manner saying that he realises he loves her and wants them to be together. How can Molly convince Leo that she doesn’t want him and she just wants him to leave her alone?There are a host of wonderful characters in this book – Molly’s friends, workmates and family, and there is a strong sub-plot with a reluctant Molly wrestling with the pressure from her husband and family to try for a baby – but the main tension is derived from Leo’s relentless perusal of Molly. This is a page-turning read that leads to a surprising, but satisfying ending. All in all, a great read!

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