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Faking Friends: The Sunday Times bestseller from the author of Worst Idea Ever Kindle Edition
THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER FROM THE AUTHOR OF WORST IDEA EVER
What if your best friend turned out to be your worst enemy?
'A deftly plotted, witty tale of revenge. It's a romcom with attitude' MAIL ON SUNDAY
Best friend, soulmate . . . backstabber?
Amy thought she knew everything about her best friend Melissa.
And she also thought she was about to marry the man of her dream.
Until she discovers he has been having an affair . . . and Melissa is The Other Woman.
In one disastrous weekend she has lost her home, her fiancé and her best friend.
But instead of falling apart, she is determined to get her own back . . .
'It's FABALISS. I was SO GRIPPED' MARIAN KEYES
'I couldn't put it down' 5***** READER REVIEW
'Barbed, twisty and full of deliciously dry wit, this is smart stuff to race through' SUNDAY MIRROR
'So many twists I didn't see coming' 5***** READER REVIEW
'Brilliant, original, edgy and compulsively readable' DAILY MAIL
SHORTLISTED FOR A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD & LONGLISTED FOR THE COMEDY WOMEN IN PRINT PRIZE
Jane Fallon superbly taps into our inner Avenger. A hugely compelling and unpredictable story about what happens when friendship goes wrong. It had me gasping out loud on several occasions. I loved it and just couldn't put it down! (Ruth Jones)
Praise for Jane Fallon (-)
Sparkling and unpredictable (Elle)
Chick lit with an edge (Guardian)
Compulsively readable (Daily Mail)
Intelligent, edgy and witty (Glamour)
Deliciously devious . . . A darkly comic and addictive read (Daily Express)
Well-crafted, dryly funny (Red)
Fun and feisty women's fiction at its very best (Heat)
Jane Fallon injects a smart edge into the chick-lit genre (In Style)
Deliciously edgy (Good Housekeeping)
Gripping stuff . . . A great, intelligent read (Daily Mail)
Witty, well observed (Heat)
Brilliant and original (Sun)
Absolutely brilliant (Closer)
A hilarious page-turner (Yours)
I love Fallon, she's in a category all of her own - her books are great fun and her characters are fabulous, believable women who take no nonsense (Marian Keyes) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
Keep your friends close . . . and your best friend even closer.
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.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B073XB75JY
- Publisher : Penguin (11 Jan. 2018)
- Language : English
- File size : 3940 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 447 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 2,956 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I knew what would happen to her boyfriend and pal within the first few pages. I thought this might be a clever plot ploy, but I was disappointed.
The characters are thinly drawn, with no conflict within them. None seemed worth being bothered about and as the book ran on, my ambivalence was reinforced. The lead character was particularly unattractive and quite vicious. She used her friends, she had no concerns of their problems. ‘A plague o’ all your houses’ seemed to be her MO.
One gets the feeling the story is, to an extent, autobiographical. This seems to be what the author would like to have done.
It’s is quite well written, although with little variation in speech patterns. The characters were difficult to believe in, especially the men.
I saw the price of 99p as a bit of a bargain for a shortlisted book. ‘What,’ I asked myself. ‘Have I got to lose?’
I’ll tell you – 99p.
And Faking Friends fits the bill perfectly - a deliciously witty tale of betrayal, jealousy and revenge, with an immensely likeable heroine and a first-class bitch of a best friend. Okay, so the plot is simple, with twists you can see a mile off: devoted fiancée (Amy) makes a surprise trip home from working abroad to discover the two people she loves and trusts most in the world (Jack and Melissa) are at it behind her back. The sneaky catch is, they don’t know that she knows, leaving Amy free to toy with them at will and dish up a tasty plate of ice-cold, ‘stealth’ revenge!
Fallon doesn’t go in much for elaborate characterization. Her skill lies in understanding stereotypes and giving us people we can relate to or recognize. That’s not to say her characters are one-dimensional. Who’s never come across a Melissa, for example? That privileged, attractive, vivacious, funny girl who draws everyone to her glow. Scrape the surface, though, and underneath she’s self-centered, lazy, entitled and mean-spirited. Just the kind of person you’d love to see get her comeuppance.
Amy is also a familiar type: the quiet plodder, who’s emerged from the shadows to find happiness and success, but remains in thrall to her more popular, more confident best friend. She’s nicer than pie, but even she can tap into a vicious streak when her trust is broken. Cue revenge, counter revenge, an unexpected dash of romance, and the gradual awakening of self-awareness.
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable read. I’ve yet to be disappointed by Jane Fallon and look forward to her next piece of escapism.
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The whole basic plot is girl finds out her best friend has been moving in on her boyfriend whilst she is working in a different country - actually literally moving in. So, she sets out to get her revenge on both the so-called friend and her boyfriend. Here's my issue with what I thought I was going to get (so glad I was wrong). I was expecting some sort of quasi-feminist tract about being a strong woman and being unrepentantly selfish to get your own back on people. I was expecting nasty people with scary agendas to proliferate and rise to the top like the cream on a pint of Jersey milk. Basically I bought the book so I could get on my moral high horse and be offended - this is 2018 people and we are supposed to be offended all the time after all.
Instead what I got was warm and funny and more a story about the nature of true friendship than anything else. Yes the revenge takes centre stage but the main character, Amy, suffers so much guilt over her actions that I actually forgave her for some of her more heinous acts. When she gets a new beau my heart did do a little sinking motion in my chest but even that has a little twist to it that I really didn't see coming. I also liked the fact that Melissa doesn't just lie down and accept her fate - she fights back. Each character felt fully rounded and a truly human mixture of good, bad and indifferent which helped to bring the book alive in my head instead of just on the page.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading more from this author's catalogue.
As things ended, I wanted more. It felt like a new story beginning.
Not sure if there's a sequel in it - it's not this writer's style - but if there was, I'd grab it. (The fake friend not ready to give up, and trying foul and fair things to be heard). All things considered, this is a fabulous read.