Saturday, 18 April 2015

Book Review - When We Were Friends by Tina Seskis

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Title: When We Were Friends
Author: Tina Seskis
Format reviewed: Paperback
Source: Firstreads/Goodreads
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: 23rd April 2015
Rating: 5 Stars

It had always been the six of us.
Since we met at university twenty-five years ago, we'd faced everything together. Break-ups and marriages, motherhood and death. We were closer than sisters; the edges of our lives bled into each other.
But that was before the night of the reunion. The night of exposed secrets and jagged accusations. The night when everything changed.
And then we were five.

Juliette, Camilla, Siobhan, Sissy, Renee and Natasha have been friends since university. They met 25 years ago, and even though their lives have gone in different directions, they have stayed friends and each year make sure that the six of them get together for a reunion.

This year they were meeting up in Hyde Park, for a picnic, near the Serpentine. What they didn't know was this night was going to change all of their lives forever.

When We Were Friends is written in lots of short chapters giving you snippets of information. Some of them are the present, and then there are a variety of storylines, about most of the girls, from their lives previously. 

During the course of When We Were Friends, a lot of shocking secrets come out. The momentum of this book builds continuously, and the crescendo and aftermath is pretty stunning. It got to the point where the book, which had, had me interested right from the first few pages, I couldn't put it down. 

I don't want to reveal any more about the plot as I truly believe that, I would only spoil key bits of it, as there is so much story, and so much of it interlinks.

Six main characters may seem a lot, and at times I was getting a couple of them confused, but on the whole it was easy enough to follow this account of their friendship over the years, and start to understand how one night can change everyone's lives.

There are a lot of bad decisions, and some of the characters (and their husbands) are incredibly hard to like, but I did feel empathy with them.

I loved every minute of When We Were Friends, and will certainly be looking forward to Tina's future releases with bated breath. 

When We Were Friends is out on Thursday

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