Friday 12 January 2018

BLOG TOUR: Faking Friends - Jane Fallon

Best friend, soulmate, confidante . . . backstabber.
Amy thought she knew everything there was to know about her best friend Melissa. Then again, Amy also thought she was on the verge of the wedding of her dreams to her long-distance fiancé.
Until she pays a surprise trip home to London. Jack is out, but it's clear another woman has been making herself at home in their flat.
There's something about her stuff that feels oddly familiar . . . and then it hits Amy. The Other Woman is Melissa.
Amy has lost her home, her fiancé and her best friend in one disastrous weekend - but instead of falling apart, she's determined to get her own back.
Piecing her life back together won't be half as fun as dismantling theirs, after all.

What did I think?

How is this my first Jane Fallon book?  I LOVED Faking Friends so much that I started and finished it within 24 hours.  It is rare that I find a book so riveting outside of the thriller genre but this book hooks you so quickly that you have to read it cover to cover to find out how it all plays out.

Amy is pursuing her dream to become an actress and she has a part in an American soap which sees her parted from her fiancé, Jack, who lives in their flat in London.  Amy gets quite a shock when she comes home for a surprise visit and finds another woman's things where hers should be.  This would be bad enough but the other woman is her best friend, Melissa.  With remarkable powers of restraint, Amy doesn't tell Jack and Melissa that she knows their secret but instead plots her revenge...I nearly dropped the book to clap and pump the air - GO AMY!

There is a reason that such proverbs are still being used today: hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and revenge is a dish best served cold.  Amy personifies those proverbs and kept me glued to the pages as her plans played out to perfection.  I was disappointed that my bullshit radar didn't raise the alarm when a new character was introduced, but I think I was so caught up in the excitement of Amy getting one up on Jack on Melissa.  Needless to say, I was metaphorically kicking myself but full marks to Jane Fallon for lulling me into a false sense of security.

I loved the flashbacks to the past as Amy and Melissa's relationship went under the microscope.  I know such toxic friendships exist and think it's amazing that you can't see what's happening until it's pointed out to you, or it's too late.  Which is why the strapline: keep your friends close and your best friend even closer is BRILLIANT!

Faking Friends is a superb book that had me gripped from start to finish.  I couldn't put the book down until I knew how this game of chess would end.  Your move, Melissa.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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