Starfishing

Starfishing MOBI ´ Paperback
  • Paperback
  • 272
  • Starfishing
  • Nicola Monaghan
  • English
  • 11 March 2017
  • 0099507927

About the Author: Nicola Monaghan

Starfishing MOBI ´ Paperback starfishing book, StarfishingStarfishing PDF/EPUBNicola Monaghan won a Betty Trask Award, the Authors Club Best First Novel Award and the Waverton Good Read for her first novel, The Killing Jar Her latest book is The Troll The Boy with the Sliver of Ice in his Heart and is the first in a trilogy She also wrote The Night Lingers and other stories, Starfishing and The Okinawa Dragon and has been published widely in newspapers, magazines and anthologies She writes for screen too and is working on her first feature She teaches Creative Writing at De Montfort University, as well as online at Udemy.


StarfishingStarfishing MOBI ´ Paperback starfishing book, StarfishingStarfishing PDF/EPUBIt sand party girl Frankie Cavanagh has just started working in the City, experiencing life on the trading floor in all its sweaty, macho madness She plunges headfirst into the frenzy of the financial markets as well as the drug fuelled club culture Frankie works hard, parties hard and gives as good as she getsBut when she embarks on a dangerous, thrill seeking affair with her married boss, Frankie begins to lose her grip Just how far will she go for a dare In this world of high octane party nights and high stake big money deals, a girl could get pushed too far.

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10 thoughts on “Starfishing

  1. Mark says:

    In 1997, hard living party girl Francesca Frankie Cavanagh starts working on the LIFFE exchange under the supervision of Tom Showing a natural aptitude and a smart attitude , she quickly progresses through the ranks, gets her jacket and engages in an affair with her married boss Throwing herself headlong into the stress filled financial world, whilst also enjoying everything the drug fuelled club culture can give her, she tries to clear away her past life and the darkness that lingers there In 1997, hard living party girl Francesca Frankie Cavanagh starts working on the LIFFE exchange under the supervision of Tom Showing a natural aptitude and a smart attitude , she quickly progresses through the ranks, gets her jacket and engages in an affair with her married boss Throwing herself headlong into the stress filled financial world, whilst also enjoying everything the drug fuelled club culture can give her, she tries to clear away her past life and the darkness that lingers there But as the affair goes on and the lovers seek outdangerous thrills, Frank slowly begins to lose her grip Starting as it means to go on, this is a bracing novel that grips you even when it appears nothing is happening such as when Frankie and her widowed father are watching TV , pushing you through a well realised 1997 98 and the attendant financial fury and hedonistic raves Rising to the challenge of making basically unlikeable characters palatable the reader empathises with Frankie almost immediately and giving enough detail of the exchange to let the reader know what s happening without swamping them, this has a sure grip on its time and place and builds nicely, as the life Frankie has been building up is slowly taken apart As the realisation of what the affair might mean for her, as well as news the exchange is in trouble, things take a much darker turn and the last chapter brisk and well paced is almost a slap in the face Brutal, elegant, crude and literary, this is a superbly well written novel and I d very much recommend it

  2. Topaz says:

    It was a disappointment I actually think even if you like trashy this book won t do it because it was a bit too much all over the place and never in the right place long enough The characters and the plot are very shallow as meant to be, but there is a way to do that and still get through to make the connection with the reader but it didn t happen in this book Though it s definitely well researched as far as information into the trading world at that time goes, which was why I wanted to read It was a disappointment I actually think even if you like trashy this book won t do it because it was a bit too much all over the place and never in the right place long enough The characters and the plot are very shallow as meant to be, but there is a way to do that and still get through to make the connection with the reader but it didn t happen in this book Though it s definitely well researched as far as information into the trading world at that time goes, which was why I wanted to read it but as far as connecting to the book or characters, it just didn t happen for me

  3. Andrea says:

    This was a strange experience I like the writing style a lot, and the format of the book is pretty unique Also, I read the British edition, which I think made itinteresting for me I wouldn t have wanted to read the Americanized edition.This reminds me of BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY, but set in the late 90s in London, and the protagonist is a young woman instead But all the coke, sexual adventures, and random slices of life are there It s not as philosophically deep as BLBC, butof a This was a strange experience I like the writing style a lot, and the format of the book is pretty unique Also, I read the British edition, which I think made itinteresting for me I wouldn t have wanted to read the Americanized edition.This reminds me of BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY, but set in the late 90s in London, and the protagonist is a young woman instead But all the coke, sexual adventures, and random slices of life are there It s not as philosophically deep as BLBC, butof a fun read with a dark side, rather than a dark novel with the occasional glimmer of hope that BLBC is.I recommend this book, but it s not a must read

  4. Lauren says:

    Dug review out of the depths of LiveJournal None of the characters have any redeeming qualities I do not like reading descriptions about drug trips, because I do not care and not my thing and c I m not much fond of American accents being overblown to the point of caricature.But I still want to know what s going to happen I kind of hate it, because the book doesn t really deserve that from me But there it is I guess it s like when I used to read John Grisham novels or whatever Later Th Dug review out of the depths of LiveJournal None of the characters have any redeeming qualities I do not like reading descriptions about drug trips, because I do not care and not my thing and c I m not much fond of American accents being overblown to the point of caricature.But I still want to know what s going to happen I kind of hate it, because the book doesn t really deserve that from me But there it is I guess it s like when I used to read John Grisham novels or whatever Later The big reveal was unbelievable in a big, bad way and the ending made me want to throw the book at the wall or onto the train tracks outside or something Maybe it is someone else s sort of book, but it was absolutely not mine

  5. Rachel says:

    A sad disappointment after really enjoying Nicola Monaghan s previous book, The Killing Jar Starfishing felt clunky to read, suffering for all its trader lingo as necessary and well researched as it was and for the main character Frankie, who seemed deadened and unreal and was almost impossible to connect with The ending was decent, but not good enough to rescue what had come before it Still, I will look to read Monaghan s future work, as I think she has talent beyond what is shown in A sad disappointment after really enjoying Nicola Monaghan s previous book, The Killing Jar Starfishing felt clunky to read, suffering for all its trader lingo as necessary and well researched as it was and for the main character Frankie, who seemed deadened and unreal and was almost impossible to connect with The ending was decent, but not good enough to rescue what had come before it Still, I will look to read Monaghan s future work, as I think she has talent beyond what is shown in Starfishing

  6. Yumiko Dunton says:

    Quick fun read Reminiscent of a certain age, 20 s in the late 90 s An interesting time for party girls, ecstasy and pre smartphone social media Reads like a hazy hangover brunch recap that guy I met at work, that guy with the wife, my first time to New York City Not sure how relatable that is to everyone, whether through memory or imagination but it seemed to have enough particulars down to pass the smell test.

  7. M says:

    promising at the start but paper thin, stereotypes for characters and a plot that was resolved like a bad tv movie Monaghan is British and her bio says that she worked in New York and Chicago Unfortunately, her time in the US doesn t show in the work she did a terrible job with the American vernacular and dialect She has her main Yank character an executive from Chicago saying things like ain t got no and Gawaaan.

  8. Tabitha says:

    Everything that held me together was on the floor in front of me, shattered into the tiniest pieces I could never pick it up and glue it back together, not if I had all the time in the world p224 This was a dark and quick read that I finished in one sitting I enjoyed the escape I also liked the way that it ended without providing any answers.

  9. 8lackie says:

    Frankie Cavanagh crashes through the drug fueled British stock exchange, partying, having a torrid affair with her boss and only recovering in time for the morning bell As someone else mentioned, it has the flavor of McInerney s Bright Lights, Big City Machismo and living on the edge are the by words of the day.

  10. Lisa says:

    Exciting story of Frankie Callahan who becomes a trader in the city and can t stop partying hard and pushing the boundaries of behaviour A fascinating insight into the wonder of drugs and a character you care about even though she doesn t give a shit.