THERE ARE SOME FRIENDS YOU'LL NEVER FORGET ... NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY
Edie is the friend that Heather has always craved. But one night, it goes terrifyingly wrong. And what started as an innocent friendship ends in two lives being destroyed.
Sixteen years later, Edie is still rebuilding her life. But Heather isn’t ready to let her forget so easily. It’s no coincidence that she shows up when Edie needs her most.
Edie or Heather?
Heather or Edie?
Someone has to pay for what happened, but who will it be?
An obsessive friendship, misspent youth, jealousy, lies and betrayals of the worst kind, all prevail in this fab, gripping, new psychological thriller.
"We had agreed never to speak about that night. It was our secret, long buried."
As teenagers, Edie and Heather were best friends, always together, sharing their deepest secrets, but one day something terrible happened and their friendship was destroyed for ever.
"What do you want, Heather? Why have you come here now?"
After what's happened, the girls drift apart and never see each other again... until now, sixteen years later. Answering a knock on the door, Edie, pregnant, alone and vulnerable, finds herself face to face with the past she wants to forget - with Heather - and the memories of that last horrible night return. Why did she come back after so many years? What does she want now? Why is she behaving as if nothing has happened between them?
Chapters alternate between 'Before' and 'After'. The 'Before' chapters are told from the pov of Heather when the girls were still teenagers, when their friendship blooms and is eventually destroyed. The 'After' chapters are set in the present day, when Heather has made her comeback and are told from Edie's pov.
The author gives Edie and Heather's complex characters great depth and colour, portraying all their flaws and messed up lives in a very realistic way. Chapter after chapter Heather's character gets creepier and creepier and the author realistically portrays Edie's sense of panic and helplessness. I could actually feel the tension and sense of foreboding escalating with every page. I knew that something terrible was about to happen. I loved and hated both girls in equal measures but by the end my heart went out to only one of them.
We are not told what had destroyed the girls' friendship so many years before till the end, when the author expertly leads us to not one, but two dramatic, gut-wrenching events - one set in the past and one in the present.
I thought this book would end in a very different manner to what it did, but the way the author has spun the ending was totally unexpected and even more satisfying.
I was going to rate this book 4.5 stars, but hey what the heck! This thriller is just brilliant and I have nothing to complain about. I never use the word 'unputdownable' in my reviews, but I think I'll make an exception for this book as it is really THAT good! Very well written and gripping till the end, I would highly recommend it. And I'll be watching out for more books by Camilla Way.
With thanks to HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction for approving my request to read and review this book through Netgalley.
Camilla Way was born in Greenwich, south-east London in 1973. Her father was the poet and author Peter Way. After attending Woolwich College she studied modern English and French literature at the University of Glamorgan. Formerly Editor on the men's style magazine Arena, Camilla Way is now a free-lance writer. Having lived in Cardiff, Bristol, Bath and Clerkenwell, she now lives in south-east London.