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Review: The Greek Escape by Karen Swan

on June 19, 2020

The Greek Escape
Karen Swan
Pan Macmillan
2018, 432p
Read from my local library/Borrow Box

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

Running from heartbreak, Chloe Marston leaves her old life in London for a fresh start in New York. Working at a luxury concierge company, she makes other people’s lives run perfectly, even if her own has ground to a halt. But a terrible accident forces her to step into a new role, up close and personal with the company’s most esteemed and powerful clients. Charismatic Joe Lincoln is one of them and his every wish is her command, so when he asks her to find him a secluded holiday home in the Greek Islands, she sets about sourcing the perfect retreat.

But when Tom, her ex, unexpectedly shows up in Manhattan and the stability of her new life is thrown off-balance again, Chloe jumps at the chance to help Joe inspect the holiday house. Escaping to Greece will give her the time and space to decide where her future truly lies. Tom is the man she has loved for so long but he has hurt her before – can she give him another chance? And as she draws closer to Joe, does she even want to? As magnetic as he is mysterious, there’s an undeniable chemistry between them that she can’t resist.

But whatever her heart is telling her, she’s in over her head—another client’s wife has mysteriously disappeared and seriously allegations about Joe threaten more than just her happiness. Who can she trust? And will Chloe uncover the truth in time?

Or, how the other half live.

Chloe works for a company that basically helps rich people source whatever they want, whenever they want. When money is no object, nothing is off limits. If they need penguins for a birthday party happening in two hours? Done. A luxurious holiday retreat in a place that’s booked out for years? No problem. Although Chloe doesn’t usually deal with clients, an injury to one of her colleagues means that she has to take over her five very high profile, very VIP clients. These clients have built up a close rapport with Poppy and Chloe knows that some of them won’t take too kindly to her stepping in. She has to learn everything about them – their private lives, residences, cars, jobs, preferences right down to their favourite drink and what flower they claim to be allergic to. She’s thrown when Joe Lincoln arrives at the offices, saying that Poppy offered him representation. She only keeps her client list very small – five at a time and it’s surprising to Chloe that she’d offer to take another one. However Joe is relatively low maintenance. He only wants Chloe to find him to perfect Greek Island retreat. Must be very secluded, difficult to access. Money is no object, of course.

Chloe is English and originally worked for the London office but after a disastrous heartbreak, she fled across the Atlantic to the New York office. When her personal problems follow her, it seems a good idea to take a more hands on approach with Joe, lining up several properties for the two of them to inspect together. She finds him refreshing at first, different to the other more demanding clients that she’s been dealing with. But the more time she spends with Joe, the more something starts to not add up – and Chloe starts to wonder just precisely who he is.

The last Karen Swan book I read was set in Norway at Christmas time with a beautiful remote, snowy atmosphere. This one is the opposite – it’s summer in New York and Chloe has ideas of weekends in the Hamptons with her friends which are cut short when her colleague Poppy as a terrible accident and Chloe must fill in for her. However she does also get a trip to the Greek Islands as part of her job, sourcing a remote house for the mysterious Joe, staying on a luxury yacht. This one has hot summer vibes that make me envious. It’s winter here now and even though it’s not ‘that cold’ yet, it’s honestly, quite cold enough for me. I’d much rather be jumping off the side of a multi-million dollar yacht into turquoise seas.

There is quite a lot going on in this – as well as Chloe assuming a new role after her colleague is hurt, she’s also dealing with a lot of personal stuff as well. It takes quite a bit for everything in her past to come out and when it does, it adds a lot to the drama of the story. Then there’s also a sinister undertone to Poppy’s accident, which preoccupies Chloe’s thoughts as she struggles to balance a lot of plates spinning in the air with her particularly demanding clients. Poppy’s job sounds like something out of nightmares, to be honest. Some of the clients are well-meaning, just used to money opening whatever doors they want. Some are irritating and self involved but some are also downright sinister. Chloe definitely has to practice the art of discretion as it’s what some of these people value more than anything else.

This went in so many interesting directions, both with Joe and also with Tom and the business and other ways as well. There was a lot of twists and turns in the plot, some of which I had a bit of an inkling about before it was revealed but there were definitely some that surprised me. I enjoyed this and it’s further cemented Karen Swan as someone whose backlist I must continue to work my way through as quickly as possible!

7/10

Book #106 of 2020


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