The Girl I Used To Know by Faith Hogan
Genre: Fiction, Chick Lit
Publication: December 1st 2017 by Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus)
Length: 298 pages
Synopsis: A beautiful, emotive and spell-binding story of two women who find friendship and second chances when they least expect it. Perfect for the fans of Patricia Scanlan.
Amanda King and Tess Cuffe are strangers who share the same Georgian house, but their lives couldn’t be more different.
Amanda seems to have it all, absolute perfection. She projects all the accouterments of a lady who lunches. Sadly, the reality is a soulless home, an unfaithful husband and a very lonely heart.
By comparison, in the basement flat, unwanted tenant Tess Cuffe has spent a lifetime hiding and shutting her heart to love.
It takes a bossy doctor, a handsome gardener, a pushy teenager and an abandoned cat to show these two women that sometimes letting go is the first step to moving forward and new friendships can come from the most unlikely situations.
Review: If I was to describe The Girl I Used to Know in one word it would be heartwarming. I read this book in just a couple of days and I have to say, I found it to be realistic, but at the same time, the story made me think positive, look at the brighter side of things.
While the story itself is not something that has never been written about before, and I found myself correctly guessing few details, the execution of it is lovely.
I feel that describing something as lovely doesn’t always paint the right picture. Lovely is a word that people often use ironically, it’s not a particularly intense word as well, so it might seem a bit plain. This is not really what I mean when I say that this book was lovely.
What I actually mean is that while I was reading it on a spring afternoon, it make me happy just like the sunshine made me happy and that despite the fact that I didn’t think the story was surprising, the character development and the ending of the story made me smile. I think that sometimes books like The Girl I Used To Know are the best kind of book – they are not intense, there is no new fantasy world that the reader needs to try and understand, there are no complicated and twisted ways of saying something that is actually really simple. It made me happy that this book talks about something that can happen to any of us – how life is not always what we want it to be and how awkward it is sometimes to interact with others, even if they mean well. The Girl I Used To Know takes real everyday life and puts it under a microscope. In a way, this is what we all need sometimes – to see that even in books and stories, not all lives are perfect and we shouldn’t feel that ours is not enough.
Rating: 5 / 5!
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