“For thirty years, best friends Steph and Pip have been through thick and thin. Selfless and trusting, there’s nothing they would not do for one another. Until a few simple words change everything.
‘I need you to say that I was with you.’
Steph, eternally solid and dependable, is begging her friend to lie to the police as she’s desperately trying to conceal not one but two scandalous secrets to protect her family. Pip, self-consigned to the role of scatty hot-head, is overwhelmed; she’s normally the one asking for help in a crisis.
Steph’s perfect life will be torn apart unless Pip agrees to this lie. But lying will jeopardise everything Pip’s recently achieved after years of struggle. It’s a big ask.”
I had read some good reviews for this book so when I saw it on the shelves of my local bookshop I thought I’d give it a go.
The beginning gave me an insight into Steph and Pip’s childhood years and how they came to be friends. This made me feel like I understood each of their characteristics really well and so their friendship made sense to me.
There were familiar domestic scenes with Steph’s husband and children and I found myself nodding my head in recognition of the little things that went on in her day-to-day life, but then this turned into something not so familiar and I wasn’t too keen on it.
When the book first introduced Kirsten I couldn’t figure out where she fit into the storyline and once her role became clear I felt a strong dislike towards her. I actually found it very difficult to read her scenes and a couple of times I stopped reading completely because I couldn’t read any more about her! I have to say that this was purely due to the subject matter and not the writing which was obviously good to get such a reaction out of me.
I was dying to know just what had happened on the night that this whole book revolved around, the author cleverly drew it out so that the exact sequence of events weren’t revealed until quite near the end – I came up with a few theories of my own, one of which was correct but I continuously switched opinions as I read.
There were a couple of surprises along the way and I just had to keep turning the pages to find out what the outcome would be. I must admit that I was a little disappointed by the ending, I would have preferred it to go a different way but it didn’t spoil the book for me.
This was an enjoyable read with some thought-provoking moments.
To find out more about Adele Parks visit her website.