Review published on January 17, 2018.
I feel like there’s a bit of a theme going on in Jane Fallon’s books, one of revenge, plotting and secrets. And this is what she writes about really well.
In Faking Friends it’s all about getting even with someone you thought you could always trust. Amy is an actress, enjoying some moderate success in an American drama. Being away from home and her fiancé, Jack, is hard but it’s about to get even harder when she discovers he’s playing around with her best friend since childhood, Mel. Instead of confronting them she decides to make things a little difficult for them.
Amy is such a lovely person it’s a wonder she ever became friends with Mel in the first place, but then a lot of ‘friendships’ are between people who balance each other out. Where Amy is friendly and unselfish, Mel is jealous and bitchy. Amy is loyal, Mel is a backstabber.
I loved following Amy along her journey of discovery, as she finds out once and for all that she has a toxic friendship and as she tries to get her life back in order and come out the other side a dignified person. She’s quietly powerful, taking control, being strong and ultimately being the better person, despite also trying to get some revenge on her cheating fiancé and her so-called best friend.
There are backstories about Amy and Mel’s early friendship which help to show to the reader things that ought to have dawned on Amy before but, as I said, she’s a genuinely nice character. I really liked the characterisations of some of the other main players, mostly Amy’s other friends. Kat and Greg, in particular, are a great support to Amy and I loved them for their quirkiness.
I know that with a Jane Fallon book I will be getting a relatively light read but not one which lacks substance. I found this one quite thrilling with some unexpected twists and turns and there was one moment in particular when I clapped my hand over my mouth at the turn of events.
Faking Friends is a really fabulous read, a page turner. It’s well-plotted, well-written and it’s such an easy, engaging read.
Nicola Smith, Short Book and Scribes, 5/5
Faking Friends by Jane Fallon
Penguin 9781405933094 pbk Jan 2018
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