Last year, I read My Sweet Revenge by Jane Fallon so when I saw Faking Friends available for request on NetGalley, I simply couldn’t ignore it!
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.
Let’s start with saying I love Fallon’s writing. If not, I certainly wouldn’t have requested this title. It’s fluent and you easily immerse yourself in the characters she creates. You can imagine what they’re going through without trying really hard – although I have to admit it helps if you’ve been cheated on yourself? Here’s me hoping you haven’t!
If you’re expecting a novel with full-blown revenge bursting at the seams, this isn’t one for you. Fallon is a master at subtlety, twisting and turning the plot in those small ways that have a huge impact after a while and, honestly, it’s what I love about her work. Those small things make Amy’s – the MC’s – actions that bit more unpredictable which leads to me enjoying the story more.
I have a thing about men in open-toed shoes, and it’s not a good thing. It’s a ‘run for the hills’ thing.
And then it all explodes! A turn I saw coming, a twist I didn’t. Disappointment, disbelief, hope and then disappointment again. All to end with a big burst of “finally!” and “good for you!” from me to Amy. If that makes any sense? No?
Let’s keep it at: this was a roller coaster ride I thoroughly enjoyed and wouldn’t mind hopping on a second time.
Another thing this book has that I love? A character I love to hate. Hate from the bottom of my heart. Mel is so toxic and seeing her influence on people’s lives is cringe-worthy yet so realistic at the same time.
I’ve had my share of poisonous people in my life, so I definitely know how big of an impact they can make. This novel portrays that perfectly. It hit home. Hard.
Revenge isn’t all Faking Friends is about though. It’s about Amy having to build an entirely new life, finding new friends, trying to rekindle with old friends and discovering her own place in the world all while being on a non-stop job-hunting spree. I loved it.
I’ll be fine.
I don’t have any negative points so it’s an easy five cupcakes!
Now, as for the munches I wanted to make my own cheesecake with caramel but my boyfriend kind of hates the texture of things like that… I can hardly eat a whole cheesecake all by myself so here’s a drool-worthy picture of an apple cheesecake with caramel. Can anyone share this with me or something? It looks ridiculously good…