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

19th February 2017

What the publisher says:

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.


What I say:

I was looking forward to reading another book by Laura Kemp as I loved Frankie Green. Thankfully I wasn’t disappointed. I did expect another comedy and while this book didn’t provide the laugh out loud moments of Frankie Green I still found myself chuckling and smiling at times.
Vee returns to her old bedroom at her parents house after the breakdown of a relationship she thought was going to lead to marriage. The loneliness of her situation gets to her and she decides to look up her old friends who she hasn’t seen for many years.
The last time Vee and Kate saw each other they were Vicky and Kat backpacking around the world together before Kat returned to the UK for a high powered job in the City. The years that have passed in the meantime have left them both with secrets and as they slowly reform their friendship these secrets come to light and the friends have to work out whether they can get past them and rekindle their friendship.
The back up man of the story Mikey is now Murphy. He too has a story and a new life that Vee is no part of. Slowly Vee and Murphy also rekindle their friendship.
The three of them were inseparable before the girls set off backpacking and Vee would like nothing more than to bring them back together. Are there too many secrets for this to be possible though?


Rating 4 out of 5

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