Author: Tasmina Perry
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Format: Paperback 384 pages
Release Date: 20 September 2018
Today it is my great pleasure to join the blog tour for Tasmina Perry’s new novel ‘Friend of the Family’. My thanks to Becky Hunter at Headline for the advance copy for review and for inviting me to join the tour. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
She thinks your life is perfect. She thinks you don’t deserve it.
Amy is more than happy to offer the daughter of an old friend work experience at her London magazine. Josie is young and ambitious. She just needs a foot in the door.
When Josie arrives, she swiftly makes herself indispensable at work and at home. And when childcare falls through before a long-awaited university reunion in Provence, it begins to look as if Josie may be staying longer than Amy had bargained for.
In the heat of Provence, Josie’s presence starts to unsettle Amy, especially around her husband. As cracks begin to appear in Amy’s perfect life, she cannot shake the feeling that the family friend may not be a friend at all…
Don’t miss this gripping, addictive read. It will make you think twice about who you invite into your home…
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To the outside world Amy’s life seems perfect. She is an editor at a popular fashion magazine called Verve and has a gorgeous husband and beautiful daughter. She struggles with the cut throat magazine industry and the ever increasing pressure from the ‘big-wigs’ to try and increase sales of the magazine. However, despite these pressures she absolutely loves her job and has worked hard to get there.
Like all working mums she often feels guilty for working too hard and not spending enough time with her daughter. For anyone out there working and trying to juggle a family I think we can all relate in some way to Amy’s state of mind in this regard.
Amy meets her old friend Karen for a drink and offers to help her daughter Josie get a foot in the door by offering her an internship at Verve. There is always that one defining moment in a book where once you’ve finished you look back and think ‘wouldn’t it have been a completely different story if they didn’t do a certain something or if they just said no’. Well offering to help out Josie is just that moment.
Josie is everything Amy feels she is not, young, sexy and carefree. It doesn’t take Josie long to insert herself into Amy’s family and even less time for Amy to start regretting her offer to help.
This book is set in dual timelines in both the present and 1995 when the main characters all lived and attended universities in Oxford. I feel this was key for this story, without the step backs into the past it would have been very difficult to weave the full picture.
There are quite a few key characters in this book and it took me a while to get my head round who everyone was and what their role is in the story. They are characters in my mind that you love to hate. They are all wealthy, posh individuals from privileged backgrounds who seemingly haven’t had to lift a finger to get where they are. Amy is the exception to this having been bought up on the other side of the tracks but fell in with the Oxford crowd.
There is a huge twist at the end that I did not see coming at all and although I felt the book was slightly slow to take off it was entirely worth it just for that twist. I recently read ‘I Invited Her In’ by Adele Parks which has a similar concept to this book. If you have read that and enjoyed it then I would recommend you give this a read also. Brilliant book with a great twist on the classic femme fatale storyline.
About the Author
Tasmina Perry is the Sunday Times bestselling novelist of twelve novels including Daddy’s Girls, one of the biggest selling debuts of 2006. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages and have sold over two million copies around the world.
A former lawyer and award-winning magazine journalist, she has edited several national titles including In Style and More. She also writes psychological thrillers under the pseudonym JL Butler. JL Butler’s debut thriller Mine has been optioned by Sony Pictures and is in development with Original Film.
She lives in London with her husband, son and too many shoes.
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