Michael Joseph 10th January 2019
Best friends Holly and Roz tell each other everything. Until Holly gets a surprise shot at her dream job. Why isn’t Roz popping the champagne?
Now Holly feels like she’s got a target on her back. Perhaps it was a mistake to tell Roz all her secrets.
It takes two to tango.
But it only takes one to start a war…
An enjoyable read about friends Ros and Holly, who met through work and struck up a quick, exclusive friendship from the outset. Holly gets promoted and it quickly transpires that Ros hasn’t been entirely upfront with Holly about her own career aspirations, among other things.
I found this book an easy and engaging read, with a focus on friendship gone wrong in quite a spectacular fashion. The author developed the character of Holly well, particularly her backstory which provided context for her current circumstances. Told in the first person narrative of Holly the relationship between the 2 friends is from Holly’s perspective and we get to know Ros as Holly sees her. The author captured the intense work relationships that can form, which though close remain mostly in the workplace, without much overlap between work and home life. She also captured the tightness of a close female friendship, the type that thrives on the exclusion of others and a degree of bitchiness.
With a slow start albeit necessary, as time was spent providing context for what was to come, 100 pages in the pace picked up and I was engrossed, achieving very little in my day except reading! This book was gleefully devious with Holly stunned by the underhand ambush on her credibility in the workplace. As the story progressed the deceit heightened with Holly having to take on a sleuth like role to determine how her nemesis was continuing to attack and expose her.
With some clever twists along the way this was a compulsive read. At times I felt frustrated by Holly’s naivety but equally as someone who tries to see the best in people and wholeheartedly believes in people being good, I do wonder how I would react to such an experience. That said I had guessed some of the ending although this did not detract from my enjoyment of how the story played out.
Definitely an entertaining read with sinister undercurrents that seem to come into play at their best in close female friendships. The character of Ros was fantastic, with many layers and some behaviour that can only be described as shocking. This was a great read that I will definitely be recommending.
About the Author
Jane Fallon is the multi-award-winning television producer behind shows such as This Life, Teachers and 20 Things to Do Before You’re 30. Her books include Getting Rid of Matthew, Got You Back, Foursome, The Ugly Sister, Skeletons, Strictly Between Us and My Sweet Revenge.
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