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Publisher's Summary

A stunning novel from Lucy Dawson - what happens when good friends turn bad....

Alice's life has become a bit boring lately. Her friends are busy getting married and having babies, but she's not ready for those changes in her own life - not even sure she still loves her boyfriend.  

Then she meets Gretchen. A brand-new, fun and unencumbered friend. Gretchen knows how to have a good time, and she also has a totally gorgeous brother. Before she knows it, Alice has been swept up into her new best friend's world. But Gretchen has a dark secret. Will Alice learn the truth before she throws her old life away?

©2009 Lucy Dawson (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing

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  • D.B.
  • 27-12-2019

Slow disappointment

I loved Don't Ever Tell by Lucy Dawson and couldn't wait to listen to another book by her. I thought she was one of my new favorite authors. I kept waiting for the same with this book, but it never came. It's a flop.

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  • lynette b.
  • 29-05-2019

So disappointing

This book was so good, until the end ! I do not understand! Who leaves it with that ending ? Is there a sequel ?

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  • Claire Lieber
  • 11-03-2019

hmm

the naration is fantastic. and the story definitely keeps you listening. ending was disappointing though

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  • Kismet
  • 29-10-2021

Not my favorite Lucy Dawson, but still good.

This is definitely not my favorite Lucy Dawson story. But even so, something about her writing always keeps me completely engaged in the story. I think it's her character building. But I'm not really sure. I love her writing style. I will continue to read everything she writes. The narration by Georgia Maguire was excellent. Five stars for the narration.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 11-08-2021

Great writing and narration!

Didn’t want it to end. Extremely interesting characterization and story. Lucy Dawson is my current favorite read and Georgia maguire is a genius narrator (though best to stay away from attempting the American accent-the only piece that wasn’t spot on). Dawson’s characters and story lines seem to start out flat but as the story progresses the reader gains a deeper understanding of the characters and you find that there are one or two that you surprisingly begin to empathize with. At first one thinks they won’t like any of the characters. Push through and you’ll find she was setting the stage for a complicated situation with a good number of surprises. Only problem with the ending was it came too soon! We’ll worth the credit! Looking for another audiobook with this pairing of author and narrator.

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  • Rachel Conkey
  • 26-04-2019

Good, but not the thriller it was made out to be

I enjoyed this, and the narration was done well, but the novel was about 60% drama, 30% thriller and 10% chic lit, which is fine, but not the fast paced thriller I expected. I would still recommend this book as it has a good ending,good plot, is written well and with believable characters. I listened to this book in three days.

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  • pickles08
  • 04-09-2019

Well read, but story was missing something.

I am a fan of Lucy Dawson, and normally really enjoy her books, but this one was lacking something. I'm not quite sure what.

The love triangle-square was a simple sub-plot, slightly predictable but pleasant to read all the same.

I think that highlighting some of the struggles that those with a mental illness have to deal with is good, if done right. Also sharing how actions, the overdose, can have severe side effects; the heart attack. However, it is not normally as straight forward as made out here.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, but no where near as much as some of the other ones by Lucy, and it wont be one I read/listen to again.
For me, it just didnt tick all the boxes this time.

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  • GEJM2
  • 15-05-2019

Not yet best book

Struggled with this one. Didnt really care what happened to the characters. Ending was open ended and did not resolve much. Glad to finish.

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  • Michelle
  • 25-06-2021

Shame!

Simple and predictable story line, overloaded with insignificant details which make no difference to the story whatsoever.
When it comes to the ending.. where’s the details? So abruptly ended, what a waste.
Narrator was average..so didn’t help.

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  • Andrea
  • 23-12-2020

Let down

It led up to a cliffhanger that never materialised. I think the ending was poor. Could have explored the ending more and the confrontation between Tom and Gretchen

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  • Zoe
  • 24-08-2020

Tepid

Starts well and liked the central character but it doesn't ring true in so many places. A story like this demands something of an ending to tie it up. There's no resolution and no ending.

I like Lucy Dawson a lot usually but this one is a waste of a credit. The narration is great but it's not enough.

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  • David M
  • 02-02-2019

90% Love Story, 10% Suspense

So it's mainly a love story. The suspense is waiting to find out what happened to cause Gretchen to overdose.

The story moves between the current time period with Gretchen overdosed, and an earlier & happier time period when Alice met Gretchen and they became best friends.

One of the characters turns out to have manic depression and is thoroughly manipulative. The characters are part of a tight circle and the plot involves stealing a best friend's boy-friend / girl-friend. There's an unwritten rule saying that you shouldn't do that.

Rather tedious in places, and an uncertain final ending. (E.g. Who ended up with whom? Did the taxi driver ever get paid?)

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