THE GUILTY FRIEND book review
by Joanne Sefton
Cambridge, 1986. Alex, Karen, and Misty are an inseparable trio at Cambridge University – one can never be found far from the others. But when Alex dies suddenly, the remaining two friends can’t look one another in the eye – knowing they both had a part to play in her death.
Present day. Misty and Karen haven’t spoken in years, but, convinced she has seen a picture of Alex alive, Karen doesn’t know who else to turn to. She soon becomes obsessed with a past she thought she’d left behind her… and her life begins to spiral out of control.
Because, when you’re living in the past, who is keeping an eye on the present?
4 **** Stars: 4/5 star rating
This book deals with the delicate subject of anorexia. Joanne Sefton handles it with sensitivity, research, and compassion. The story also deals with guilt and friendship. Three friends....one dead & one lying. Alex was the bright star among the three and now she is dead. Which of the remaining two friends is lying? Karen or Misty? Readers will be attached to the book, wanting to know the final resolution and the revealing of the truth.
I did find the switching of characters' voices a bit confusing at the beginning when I wasn't yet familiar with the characters, but this got better as I continued to read. This is only the second novel the author has written and I foresee a rich future for her.
I received a digital copy of this book from netgalley and Avon Publishing in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author:
Joanne Sefton lives in Bath, with her husband and two children, where she is a working barrister. She is Scottish and has an MA in creative writing from Bath Spa University. Joanne has been long-listed twice for the Bath Novel Award, and this is her second novel.
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