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Tom’s arrival is like a pebble being tossed into a pool. The ripples spread, affecting every aspect of the women’s’ lives. Marta is unaware of the nature of his history with her two friends. As they both desperately try to keep the past away from the present she finds Tom’s presence affecting her own relationship with husband Jake. Tom’s return inevitably forces secrets to the surface. He is quite the most unpleasant character I have ever met in a book. He’s arrogant, selfish and a bully. He is totally unscrupulous in his dealings with the three women – in his dealings with anyone actually! Breezing through life he takes advantage of his good looks not only to take what he wants but as a sexual predator using women and casting them aside once their usefulness is at an end. He trades on Carrie and Jane’s fear of discovery to get what he wants. It’s not until they find themselves in possession of something they can use against him that they begin to fight back. But before they can do that they have to open up and be completely honest with each other…
A great book, well rounded believable characters, I couldn’t put it down.
Three ladies, Marta, Carrie and Jane met at school, nothing spectacular about any of them just your normal women living life to the best of their ability. All at fairly different stages, one married with three kids, one the aspiring career woman and one longing for a baby.
They all live in Edinburgh and seem to take each other for granted until the fateful day that Marta bumps into Tom, a blast from the past who seems to be down on his luck so she invites him to stay in the spare room for a while. It slowly unravels that all the women have a connection to Tom unbeknown to the others .. how far can he play them, what havoc can he wreak and will he succeed in ruining potentially all of them.
This is easy to read, plods along at a steady pace, the characters are well written but I’m not sure I would want to be friends with any of them. It’s a fascinating look at how love and friendship if treated correctly can indeed be a wonderful support if you work together as one force instead of pulling apart.
Thanks to the author and Brook Cottage Books for the opportunity to read this in exchange for my honest opinion.
I really enjoyed reading Between Friends. I thought the characters were believable and well rounded, although I thoroughly detested Tom from the beginning and he brought out very negative reactions in me as a reader to the point where I would have liked to meet him and slap his face! I found the way Jenny Harper uncovered the back stories of Carrie, Jane and Marta very skilful so that I felt I knew them well and I cared about what happened to them.
The setting of Edinburgh worked extremely effectively so that while there was continuity of place for the action, there was also a variety of setting to engage the reader. Reading ‘Between Friends‘ has made me want to visit the city for myself.
The plot romps along and I enjoyed the twists and turns along the way. There are also some big themes entertainingly explored such as friendship, loyalty, love and relationships of all kinds, including those within families and marriages. It would spoil the plot to reveal too much more about some of the issues raised in reading Between Friends, but all three women have their own demons to face too.
Jane is married to Jake, he's currently unemployed, she'd like a baby. Carrie is a career women and likes to be in control of her relationships. Jane is married to Neal and has three children and a busy chaotic life, yet all this is turned upside down when Marta invites Tom to a surprise dinner and offers him a place to stay.
Tom is Jane's ex and he's Carrie's ex and he's about to cause a rift for Marta too. Old wounds are opened, new wounds are made and Tom believes he can carry on as he pleases while others suffer.
I enjoyed how each women worked through her insecurities and found the strength to pull together in the end.
This is a book about the strength of relationships, with a feel good ending.
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