Faking Friends by Jane Fallon

Book Review

faking friends

Description from Borrow Box:

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.

My Thoughts

I have recently discovered The Borrow Box App.  Yes I know, where have I been? Under a rock?  I know!  But hey I’m using it now and finding it very useful.  I always regard housework as quiet frankly nothing more than time NOT spent doing something much more interesting, so I do like to listen to an audio book or dramatised play like those on Radio4extra.  I downloaded a few books from the App and a recent one has been Faking Friends by Jane Fallon.

I haven’t read anything my this author before but it sounded like a nice light read and therefore perfect for an audio book.  I wasn’t wrong.  There were a few little things that personally niggled a bit but overall an enjoyable story.

The main character Amy is currently working in New York, an actress she has a part in a popular TV series.  Back in London her fiance Jack lives in the flat they share along with the pet cat Oscar.  They face time and call regularly, getting on with their jobs knowing that Amy’s part will not last forever and that within a few months time she will return home and hopefully they will then set a date for the wedding.

However……….upon receiving her script one day Amy learns her character in the show is to be killed off and therefore she only has a short time left on her contract.  A little upset and angry about this she decides to make a last minute surprise trip home, even though she isn’t meant to leave the States. What can they do she asks herself, fire me?

Her best friend is having her 40th birthday party, a party Amy had said she wouldn’t be able to make, so with this turn of events she plans to go home, surprise the fiance, and attend the party.  Upon arriving at the flat where Jack is out at work she finds a suitcase and some personal effects of another woman, in the flat and clearly sleeping over.  This is now where the story gets going, one of betrayal, revenge, stalking and toxic friendships.  It switches from present day to Amy looking back on her time at school and university and addresses the relationships she has had with her friends over the years.

I liked the characters, particularly Kat and even though, for a confident intelligent woman Amy did seem a little blind to the way she had been used I still warmed to her.  There were some niggles, like the way even though she couldn’t really afford the flat she later rents, she still rented it and also at the very beginning of the book she phones her brother, yet he is never mentioned again??  This and a slightly rushed ‘happy ever after’ ending is why for me I’m giving it 3 and not 4 stars.  Well written, fun characters but meaningful read, ideal for an audio book.

 

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