Whatever happened to Vicky Hope’s back up man?

Whatever Happened to Vicky Hope's Back Up Man? Book Cover Whatever Happened to Vicky Hope's Back Up Man?
Laura Kemp
Head of Zeus Ltd
January 1, 2017

A tender, funny and haunting coming-of-age novel which asks if the past can ever be part of your future. 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.

A great, easy, very Lindsey Kelk-esque read!

This story centers around Vicky, her best friend Kat and Mikey Murphy, three friends on the edge of their early twenties. Kat and Vicky set off travelling leaving Mikey behind to deal with his family issues but you know from the outset that Vicky and Mikey have an unspoken love. Especially when he agrees to be Vicky’s back up guy…you know the one you marry if you’re still single at 30?! Yep, even I had a back up guy!

The book floats between present tense and Vicky’s love life being disastrous and the past tense, following their travels and stories of their teenage years and very slowly revealing the twist in the story! I never give spoilers so you’ll have to read it to find out, but it was a brilliant storyline from beginning to end…and the epilogue! I LOVE a story with an epilogue, it gives it a sense of closure!

This is the first of Laura’s books that I have read but I will certainly be recommending it and will be going onto read her other books. A very talented writer that deserves more of the spotlight!

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