The Secret Shopper Unwrapped, Paperback

The Secret Shopper Unwrapped Paperback

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


Because shopping is for life, not just for Christmas...Christmas is coming, and while the bells are ringing, the tills aren't.

But Sandie - the rising star of the retail spying world - is busier than ever, rooting out the best and worst in festive customer care through her company.

The former Charlie's Shopping Angels are helping out, too.

Glamorous widow Grazia is going undercover under the duvet at boutique hotels, in between dating a succession of toyboys and trying to remember which lie she's told about her age.

Meanwhile, not-quite-yummy mummy Emily investigates the child-friendliness of the high street with the help of three-year-old Freddie, when she's not working flat out with her partner to save their fledging village shop from the un-festive credit crunch.

The shoppers are back, but is the happiness they've worked so hard for, about to disappear faster than a Louis Vuitton handbag in the Harrod's sale?




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I made the choice to pick this up after deciding to read some basic chick-lit that didn't require too much thought and as it's getting into the Christmas season this seemed like a decent enough choice. I didn't read the first book in the series but I didn't feel like it was particularly necessary to have done so to be honest as little bits and pieces are filled in and the story is pretty self contained. The story centres around a group of women who are friends and work together and the dramas in their own individual lives in the lead up to Christmas.<br/><br/>The characterisation was good and even without the character headings it would have been pretty obvious whose pov we were reading anyway but the individual characters had much differing degrees of likeability. I found Emily for example to be a whiney, self-centred, spoiled brat at times and it was hard for me not to be silently screaming for Will to leave her permanently when he left. Likewise I found Kelly and her struggles between good and evil (so to speak) would have meant more if I had liked her to begin with. Grazia had a dalliance with botox and a toyboy but I found her storyline pretty engrossing and my own personal favourite was the storyline with Sandie who was struggling whether to have a baby with her extremely rich fiancé whilst trying to balance her own family dramas, meeting his family and work. I think the Sandie/Toby angle (I was kinda in love with Toby, sue me) was what saved this book from being completely forgettable just because I'm kinda a sucker for opposites and all the crap associated with it and I didn't even mind that his mother was painted as a draconian cartoon villain with borderline racist tendencies.<br/><br/>The book wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either. It was what it was designed to be, an easy to read piece of fun. I might actually get round to reading the other two books in the series at one point because as far as the genre goes, I have definitely read worse.