About this book…
Meet Liz Lyon: respected TV producer, stressed-out executive, guilty single mother… woman of the hour.
StoryWorld is the nation’s favourite morning show, and producer Liz Lyon wants to keep it that way. Her job is to turn real-life stories into thrilling TV – and keep a lid on the scandals and backbiting that happen off-stage.
But then simmering tensions erupt at the station, trapping Liz in a game of one-upmanship where she doesn’t know the rules. As the power struggle intensifies, can Liz keep her cool and keep her job? Does she even want to?
In this gripping novel of power, rivalry and betrayal, Jane Lythell draws on her experiences of working in the glamorous, pressurised world of live TV.
I was rather excited to get an ARC of Woman of the Hour as I’ve read and enjoyed Jane Lythell’s previous two books. This one is a slight departure in a way, as it isn’t a dark psychological suspense but more a fascinating insight into the world of one woman and her struggle to maintain the balance between her home and work life.
Liz works at StoryWorld, a daytime tv magazine style programme and what a backstabbing, vicious world to work in it appears! Full of ambitious two faced people, who all seem to have their own agenda and haven’t seemed to hear the term ” team work”. Now I’m sure this is quite an extreme example of this type of show but knowing that Jane Lythell has a lot of background experience of this environment, I’m sure there is a smidgen of truth there!! In fact I felt that Jane has really found her niche here as she writes with a fierce confidence and style that I haven’t felt before. I have a feeling there is a lot of Jane in this novel and it came across as a very personal writing journey for her. Liz was such an interesting character and I loved the differences between “work Liz” and “home Liz”. Splitting the story into the work and home chapters kept up the momentum with a seamless transition between the two. And I loved all the foodie descriptions, a lot of my most favourite foods were there and “home Liz” did what most mum’s do in times of stress, wipes up a batch of comfort food.
The last third of the book was probably the most engaging for me once all the niggles between the main characters started to come to a head. But I feel there is plenty more to come there, and I’m especially keen to find out how Fizzy gets on. And as I think this is going to be the start of a series I’m sure I will.
There is a lot to like in this book (the discussion about Marnie was an unexpected pleasure) and I look forward to reading more of the same in the future.
I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an unbiased review.
Woman of the Hour (StoryWorld) is published on 14th July 2016 and is available here at Amazon UK