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Friends, Lies and Alibis Paperback – 20 Jan 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (20 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847396550
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847396556
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 821,550 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Debby Holt is the mother of five grown-up children, and lives with her husband in Bath. She has had over fifty short stories published in women's magazines. Visit www.debbyholt.co.uk


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Our main characters are Alison and Leah.We meet both of them early on, and they lead quite opposite lives despite being best friends. Alison lives quite a well-to-do life, comfortable financially and happy with her husband and 4 children. She's not happy with her eldest daughter's impending nuptials, but Alison being Alison decides to paint a smile on and get on with it. Leah on the other hand is a single mother of 2, after discovering her husband in bed with another woman. He's got a new girlfriend on the go and another surprise coming which Leah knows is going to cause more problems. She just wants a man to love but always puts her children first.

These are 2 nice characters, but I had a real problem with their behaviour really. They were determined that once they were re-introduced to Merrily and discovered how horrible her husband was that they would try and break up her marriage through all sort of means, and didn't really seem to consider Merrily's feelings in the whole thing. Whilst I liked them for the most part, I didn't like these scenes as I didn't approve of their behaviour, and found it hard to agree with what they were doing. Saying that, the character of Merrily was a bit of a drip but in order for the story to be how it is, she had to be quite submissive and passive, especially towards her husband.

The story does have its funny moments, but it also explores some more serious issues as well. Through the story of Merrily and her husband, we explore emotional abuse in the home, and also see the effects someone can have on another person when they constantly wear them down and make them feel worthless, which was hard to read in parts.
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Merrily, Leah and Alison were best friends throughout their childhoods and teenage years but Merrily lost touch with the other two 15 years before the start of this book. Alison is now living in a village outside Bath with her GP husband Felix and four teenage children. Leah lives nearby. She has left her unfaithful husband Jamie and has two small children who are furiously jealous of their father's new relationship. Then Merrily, by accident, comes back into the lives of the other two women, she's married to the dreadful Christopher Trumpet and is clearly downtrodden and bullied by her husband. Leah and Alison devise a plan to rescue their old friend.

What follows is a light, and delightful comedy of manners very much in the old tradition of Jane Austen et al. Debby Holt has a very light touch as an author that makes this book a pleasure from beginning to end. I particularly enjoyed Leah's relationship with her daughter, Molly, who was the best character in the book in my opinion.

Alison and Leah's friendship is pivotal to this book, although there's a good smattering of romance, and the end is satisfying and heart-warming with those who deserve happy endings getting them, and those who don't receiving their come-uppance.

All in all a very enjoyable, well-written read that reminded me of Joanna Trollope - but with laughs!
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A delight to read. Debby Holt portrays her characters with such warmth and affection that they become like friends with whom you want to sit down and have coffee at the kitchen table. She is brilliant at relationships and dialogue, especially at intricate friendships between women - like Alison and Leah who bicker and gripe, both devoted to and yet irritated by each other in equal measure. Debby Holt makes us feel their loyalty as something solid in the book, almost like another character. But her keen eye for the gaps between husbands and wives or between mothers and offspring is painfully acute and unerring. Though the subject matter of FRIENDS,LIES & ALIBIS is serious, this is a wonderful feel-good book because the problems that confront Alison, Leah and Merrily are handled with delightful humour and a sureness of touch that leaves the reader wanting more.
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Fabulous - as usual - I just love Debby Holt's books - wish I'd discovered her later so I could stock up and binge on them.... Grown up girlie books - just my favourite author :)
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