I've just finished reading this book called 'The Secret Shopper's Revenge' by Kate Harrison and it has turned out to be a really enjoyable read. I really enjoyed picking it up and reading a few chapters at a time, last thing at night or first thing in a morning.
If you've ever felt that you've been treated a bit shabbily in a store, or alternatively been grateful to find staff especially helpful and knowledgable, without being pushy or giving you the hard sell, you will appreciate some of the characters and scenarios in this book.
The three main characters, having fallen upon hard times, due to circumstances beyond their control, find themselves working as secret shoppers, employed by the elusive Charlie. They are paid to shop and record the unpleasant and cruel behaviour exhibited by some store employees, as well as the wonderful service they receive from other more thoughtful and caring members of store staff. In between shopping missions, the book follows the trials and tribulations of their everyday life, their efforts to rebuild their lives and get back in control.
This is the first book I've read by this author, but I am thoroughly enjoyed it. I bought this in a charity shop for 95p, so if you see a copy on your travels or in the library and you like this sort of lighthearted but astutely observed fiction, then give it a go as it is quite entertaining. In addition, reading it helps satisfy one's own yearnings to shop, which I have to admit to from time to time, (Note recent posts), by proxy. I wonder if I can get a job doing this. Only joking!