Wicked Games book review

A modern day bodice-ripping yarn, this is a novel one could cheerfully curl up with on a long-haul flight

Book review, Time In
Sasha Wagstaff

3/5
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A modern day bodice-ripping yarn, Sasha Wagstaff’s latest tale about eccentric English families with crumbling country piles is a novel one could cheerfully curl up with on a long-haul flight.

Straight from the Jilly Cooper-esque school of prose, and offering commercial fiction fans a large dose of light-hearted escapism, Wagstaff’s colourful characters are a hapless bunch, mostly made up of music industry heavyweights and has-beens, with a generous smattering of Formula 1 race circuit glamour thrown in for good measure.

Wagstaff’s strength lies in her ability to create a frothy yet compelling world where deeply buried feuds and secrets darken what might otherwise be just another chick-lit tale. Containing a little more intrigue than other novels of its ilk, but with plenty of satirical humour and a tight plot to tie it all together, Wicked Games is the kind of guilty pleasure that has one glued to the page and laughing out loud.

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