Thank You to Áine Toner and Manatee Books fror an ARC copy of this book inreturn for an honest and unbiased review and to Tracy Fenton for organising the book tour.
Four Friends. Four Secrets.
When Lucy tells her friends they need break a from each other, Pippa, Colette and Christine are stunned – after all, Lucy is the quiet one, isn’t she?
As the four girls try to adjust to life without each other, none of them could have foreseen the consequences of mousey Lucy’s announcement that day in a swanky Belfast hotel…and as secrets start to come to light, the girls are all asking the same question: How well do you really know your friends?
Over the years I’ve built up a very close-knit group of 9 friends. We meet regularly, communicate via Whatsapp and some of us work together. They are like my extended family, but with less judgement. When the mail for this book tour came through my door I was so excited as it’s rare in women’s fiction to find a book mainly focussed on platonic, female friendships.
I had loads of fun reading this and comparing my own circle of friends to the four main characters in the book; Lucy Collette, Pippa and Christine and figuring out which ones each of us are most like in the group.It’s such a fun, laid back read but if you scratch between the surface you’ll find many layers.
It begs the question, just how well do we know our friends? As the story unravels we find out that each friend is not being completely open and honest about their lives away from the friendship. We also see just how dependent the girls are on each other and the effect of not being in contact has on their happiness. It also explores trust and loyalty within friendships and what happens if those break down.
Although the book is a chilled out easy read moving at a steady flowing pace, it is a book with many layers. It demonstrates the flaws and celebrates the beauty of modern female friendships. It studies the nature of those friendships and how we often can’t live with them, can’t live without them.
A great book for all who value their friendships but know they aren’t perfect.
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Award winning editor Áine Toner has been at the helm of Ireland’s Woman’s Way magazine since 2008 and is also editorial director of Irish Tatler Man magazine. A Belfast native who lives in Dublin, her previous jobs included working for BBC Northern Ireland and a host of daily and local newspapers and magazines.
She grew up in a house where books were very important and it was no surprise her academic life and career led to be constantly surrounded by words. She loves how the right phrasing can make a story come alive on a page.
Áine has significant TV and radio experience, regularly contributing as a panellist on topics such as health, fashion, beauty, books and the soaps. She can be found on Twitter at @aineltoner where she uploads musings on television, stationery, books and cake.
Outside of journalism, she has been published in short story anthologies. Let’s Talk About Six is her first novel.