Books

Never Greener – Ruth Jones

Kate was twenty-two and had a mad passionate all-consuming affair with Callum. He was married, she didn’t care and thought that he was the man for her.

It wasn’t to be and Kate’s life took a very different path but she remembers Callum and how she felt.

She married Matt and became a mother to Tallulah. She had it all, family, home, money, recognition as a famous actress. Her life was perfect from the outside.

But for Kate, it wasn’t perfect because she had given up the one thing she wanted…..Callum.

A chance meeting seventeen years later, Kate gets to wonder what might have been.

Is the grass really greener on the other side? And if you get to have another go, will it work?

This novel, drew me right in from the beginning and I was hooked. We are launched into the actions that Kate takes which sets off the whole tone of the book. Brought screamingly up to date we then see her in as a wife, mother and actress. In fact to me Kate is nothing but and actress, she is playing the part of wife, of mother, of whichever character she happens to be. Her true self is when she is with Callum and that bit shocked me the most. I despised her for affecting so many people with her actions. Even when I got to the end, I never changed my mind about her. Powerful writing from Ruth Jones which kept me hooked long into the night.

She is a narcissist, unless it is all about her then she doesn’t really want to know. Callum on the other hand was portrayed as weak, he easily falls for Kate’s spell but whilst a flawed character he was the only one able to see what Kate was doing even if he was caught up in the middle of it all. I don’t deny he hurt people, but he could see what he had done – Kate on the other hand……

Of course with any great read, there are supplementary and supporting characters in the book and here they are just as well-rounded and thought out as the two main protagonists. The book is full of angst, of humour, strong emotions which cause upheaval for everyone and of course the age-old questions what if things had turned out differently.

I love this quote from the book – it sum’s the book up most perfectly and it makes you think:

‘We spend most of our lives wishing we were somewhere else or someone else, or looking forward or harping back. Always thinking the grass is greener on the other side. But it never is. It’s still grass. Just a different patch of it, that’s all.’

An excellent piece of writing from a debut author. I am always skeptical about actresses/famous people crossing over into writing fiction but Ruth Jones does this well. Clearly her ability to write sitcoms for television, create ideas and projects and characters transfers perfectly into fiction writing and if this is the quality of the writing then I want to read more!

Never Greener is out on 5th April in Hardback. 

Thank you to Alison Barrow from Penguin Random House for the ARC copy of the book.