Book Review: The Setup By Lizzy Dent


She has a plan. Fate has other ideas.

The last place very average thirty-one-year-old Mara Williams thought she’d be is on a solo vacation impersonating her fortune teller when she finally meets the one. Josef, a gorgeous Austrian cellist, sits down for a reading and before she knows it, she’s telling him his destiny will be sitting in a pub in the English seaside town of Broadgate on the last Friday of August. And her name is Mara.

Enter Project Mara: three months to turn herself into the stylish, confident woman she’s always hoped to be. Meanwhile, the crumbling, formerly glamorous beachside pool club where she works is under threat and her eccentric colleagues enlist her help to save it, just as a handsome new housemate casts doubts on her ideas about “the one.” Can Mara pull off the transformation of a lifetime? And by summer’s end, will she know who is her destiny?


Straight away the main character is what I would call ‘ditsy’ which would translate to being something like an airhead. She believes in fortune tellers even though she is telling them the information they need to feed off to give you the reading you want. Uhm, have you not seen the film Nightmare Alley? It basically describes how they can suss you out. The fact is, is that the main character gave the fortune teller information with her naivety in how she reacted. Then she goes ahead and pretends to be the fortune teller when a “tall man” walks in and she tells him where to meet this woman she’s describing which is actually herself. Becomes obsessed with him and tells everyone at work when she returns from her travels that she has met “the one” and becomes proper obsessed with him. She builds up this obsession with a man she does not know – IT WAS A BRIEF ENCOUNTER, GET OVER IT!!

After about 10% in the novel became too predictable as a man named Ash moves in and he’s tall – you can see where I’m going with this.

It was difficult to continue reading this novel as I could not get into it. Mara is quite gullible and annoying, the only positives is that her friends tell her how stupid she is. Mara is very immature and does not see how her friends are just looking out for her. She thinks she can make a particular man her Mr. Right. It was poorly done and could not keep me entertained as other books that do it right can grab my attention.

I enjoyed the cover, it’s summery. If believing in fortune tellers 100% and astrology is your thing, you will enjoy this probably however as a person with a logical point of view completely now at this point in my life it is complete and utter bullshit based on your reactions as we all fall into a category which makes it simple for them to guess things about you. Sorry not sorry for the truth.

Thank you for the copy in exchange for an honest review to the publishers.

2/5 Stars


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