Myles and Brad are two ad men, who take it in turns to play wingman on internet dates. It’s all a bit of light-hearted fun, which sees them fairing better in the dating game than dating solo.
Everything seems to be going smoothly enough until one night Brad crashes Myles’s date with the sassy screenwriter, Gina, and breaks the ‘rules’ by making a play for her. Having rumbled their game, Gina plays a game of her own. The resulting mayhem in a hotel toilet unleashes a torrent of emotions that sets all three professional singles on a course headed for a violent outcome none of them could have foreseen.
The Internet Date brilliantly captures the diverse love lives of five people living in London just as the recession really starts to dig its teeth in: men and women confronting their early and advancing middle-age with wit and bad behavior, fear and confusion, compromise and compassion and, just occasionally, a little honesty, which often proves more disastrous than the truth.
For anyone who’s been on an internet date and anyone else who’s wondered what it might be like, The Internet Date fleshes out a new meaning to ‘it’s complicated’.
At 38, Luna’s career as a painter takes a sudden dive. The credit crunch is still grinding on and her regular buyers are too busy guarding their second mortgages to invest in modern art. As her financial anxieties escalate, and she digs deeper for new, more ‘commercial’ ideas, she returns to the Pandora’s Box of the past, the sexual and physical abuse she experienced as a child…
…until, one day, she chances upon an idea for a new series of paintings that seems to offer her not just a way out of debt, but a way in to the dark side of her sexuality where nagging questions still remain, demanding answers before she is too advanced in years to have a child of her own.
But at what cost? Her idea is a radical one and upsets her actor boyfriend. She goes for it nonetheless. And in pursuing her ambition, she throws herself into a sexual odyssey with a French swinging couple that brings her to the edge of losing control. Will her daring bear fruit, or end in a triptych of death and disaster?
Nic’s latest novel is a noir thriller that tells the story of a London dentist who gets involved with a Thai escort who conspires with one of her regulars to fleece him of his life savings. Totally compelling and terrifyingly convincing, The Girl Who Wants Out is the story of how an ordinary man goes to extraordinary lengths to win the heart of a woman who has lost all faith in men.
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